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May 19, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Vote Green

In response to John Jennings, Numinbah (12 May), ‘Who shall I vote for?’ Simple answer – The Greens. From...

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

The shock of Lismore

As two Bendigoians, visiting Northern NSW over the past ten days, we quite expected to see flood damage in...

Temporary Protection Visas

As part of their pre-election strategy, Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) has been working to raise awareness of the...

Michele Grant – Foreshore Protection Group

We got a great outcome at the Council meeting last week. BSC endorsed a new licence agreement for Terrace Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads that excludes all camping within the contentious southern area, which has significant environmental, heritage, and historic value to our community. The new agreement protects the endangered community of Cypress Pine trees, which will remain outside the operational area. 

The new licence agreement must be forwarded to the Local Government minister for approval. 

In 2012 LG minister Don Page directed Crown Lands into mediation with BSC to resolve contentious issues, so this decision on park boundaries is the outcome of six long years of negotiation. We’re confident NSWCHPT (Reflections) and the minister will finally accept BSC’s determination to protect this EEC (endangered ecological community). 

BHPA stalwarts along with Tamara Smith, Greens MP for Ballina, must be congratulated for their perseverance; also Byron’s Greens councillors for the glorious backflip now they’ve caught up on the facts. 

Plans of Management for Ferry Reserve and Massy Greene Holiday Parks are promised in coming weeks in time for Christmas!


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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.