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February 5, 2023

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Natural history

While I have not the informed authority to confirm John Bradley’s musings on the birds that seem to be...

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Family and domestic violence leave comes into force tomorrow

New laws to provide 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will come into force tomorrow for workers...

Byron Bay SLSC takes fourth place at NSW country championships

South coast club Warillanhas overturned five years of Cudgen Headland dominace to win this year’s NSW Country Surf Lifesaving...

Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

They are Hotshots

The two-hour production is a visual feast, choreographed and developed by Australia’s leading professionals and a hand-picked selection of dreamy guys who will have the ladies up from their chairs, screaming for more, night after night. With a totally interactive production, The Secret Fantasies Tour is the perfect night out with the girls.

Lismore trial of recycled crushed glass in concrete

A trial to use recycled crushed glass in concrete as a replacement for sand will be taking place in Lismore at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

Diane Hart, Mullumbimby

Council’s tree preservation orders are toothless tigers.

Witness this week’s scene: distraught, angry, frustrated and crying residents seeing a 20m, healthy Tallowood tree being brought down with crane and chainsaws in a neighbour’s backyard.

While Council states that no healthy, non-weed tree over 3m tall and/or 30cm in girth can be removed without permission they can’t actually stop this rampant land clearing.

Why? In 2013, in response to a spate of bushfires, a hastily cobbled together piece of legislation was brought in in NSW called the RFS (Rural Fire Service) 10/50 law. This states that anyone in a bushfire prone area (anyone outside of the city centre) can cut down ANY tree within 10m of a building and ANY shrub within 50m.

This law allowed this resident to remove this tree – home to black cockatoos, koalas, possums, gliders – a carbon-sinking, oxygen-pumping beautiful tree.

They may have had the legal right to do this, but not the moral or ethical right.

Surely our laws should reflect that we are important custodians of the living world around us. Guilt should be weighing heavily on this resident, the developer and Council staff who allowed this subdivision in the first place.

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