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Byron biz digs in for BayFM

The Byron business community gathered at Fishheads for their new menu launch and a fundraiser for Bay FM last week, with $1,360 being raised for the independent radio station.

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A huge celebration in Byron

Stone & Wood’s 10th instalment of the Festival of the Stone is a celebration of music, community and ancient brewing tradition, to welcome winter to Byron Bay on Saturday. Byron locals and visitors will gather to take in a major line-up of music, tantalising tastes and the annual unveiling of the 2024 batch of Stone Beer, while raising much-needed funds for local homeless hub, Fletcher Street Cottage.

Greener futures in Mullum

Byron Community College’s series of events with Mark Swivel continues to bring in a full house each week!

Kahakai: new taste experience in Byron

Kahakai is a new restaurant in Byron on the corner of Bay Lane and Fletcher St which, with its...

Potholes deep dive

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First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career

Trying to find something you might be interested in doing is always a challenge and local Casino barber Michael Day has come on board to help Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Contaminated fuel claims

A man who says a petrol station in the southern Tweed Heads area sold him contaminated fuel is seeking any other motorists who may have experienced the same. 

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

Statistics clearly show our so-called legal drugs are the worst killers: 17,000 deaths a year through tobacco and 6,000 through alcohol. It makes one wonder why we are letting uneducated politicians make decisions about drug laws at all.

The NSW government’s decision to not allow pill testing and creating harsher sentences for handing on pills at festivals is a childish overreaction in the wrong direction. Australia has the highest use of ice in the world and we now have three deaths a day through opioids – the same level of the USA ten years ago. It is urgent that we rethink our current drug laws.

The number of people losing their driver licence, and with that their job (not enough public transport) through saliva testing is enormous. The social impact for the families is indescribable.

Stop the madness, the war on drugs is lost! Let’s look at Portugal and the success they achieved.

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  1. I do not know why anyone would commend Portugal to us as an example of the impact of drug driving. Portugal had a long history of tolerance of driving under the influence, and at one point it was one of the most dangerous places to drive in the world. Just as we did in the seventies Portugal has changed in recent years, but it still has a higher death rate than Australia and also other European countries. By contrast Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden that have much lower death rates than us and are targeting zero road deaths, have very strict laws on both drink and drug driving, including driving under he influence of cannabis.

    We too should be targeting zero deaths, and emulating the Scandinavian approaches, particularly lower speed limits, and also continuing tight control on driving under the influence of legal and illegal drugs

    • Hi Peter Hatfield, I didn’t mention Portugal in relation to driving at all. It was more to the point how their change in the laws has saved soo many lifes, created better health n more honesty, soo much saved money n created a better society. I’m with you on targeting zero death on roads, but not with a saliva test unable to test for impairment. Thanks for your comment.


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