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April 22, 2024

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Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

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Wallum urban development back in court

The company behind the Wallum housing development in Brunswick Heads is once again taking Byron Council to court, this time for allegedly holding up its planned earthworks at the site in an unlawful manner.

A festival in laneways

Mullumbimby, a town known for its abundance of artists and creatives with a passion for what drives them, is set to host the much-anticipated Laneways Festival 2024 on May 4 and 5.

REDinc’s new Performing Arts Centre is go!

It’s been a long wait, but two years on from the 2022 flood REDinc in Lismore have announced the official opening of a new Performing Arts Centre.

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in...

Where the children can play: Lismore’s new Lego café

Walking through Lismore’s elegant Starcourt Arcade, a new burst of colour appears in one of its little shops, instantly prompting two children to squeal in delight: ‘Legoooooo!’.

Wallum showdown unfolds in Brunswick Heads

Around eight people have been arrested so far, since almost fifty police arrived at the Wallum development in Brunswick Heads this morning to escort machinery and other work vehicles on to the site. Police include local officers, members of the NSW Public Order and Riot Squad, and Police Rescue.

Globally we face one environmental crisis after another, and the people who care about the third rock, are struggling to get the ‘no planet B’ message across.

NSW Greens MP, Dawn Walker has labelled the decision by the State and Commonwealth Governments to sign off on new Regional Forest Agreements a disaster for native forests, wildlife and the climate.

‘The NSW and Commonwealth Government’s decision represents another 20 years of forest destruction that will see millions hectares of public native forests logged across NSW,’ she said.

’We are facing a biodiversity crisis, but rather than listen to the thousands of people who made submissions calling for our precious forests to be protected and our timber needs to come from plantations, the Government has continued down the path of forest destruction and extinction.

Dawn Walker MP with foest activists. Photo supplied.

Ms Walker says the Regional Forest Agreements were intended to end the ‘forest wars’ between communities, Governments and loggers when they were signed approximately 20 years ago. ‘Th agreements  have been a manifest failure and resulted in intensified logging, an alarming crash in koala populations by 50% in parts of NSW and continued breaches of forestry regulations, often with zero consequence for loggers.

‘The LNP Government has rushed these new Regional Forest Agreements through without listening to the advice of experts or the voices of regional communities who want their forests protected in new National Parks, like the Great Koala National Park near Coffs Harbour that would be a boom for regional tourism.

Ms Walker says that a state election is just around the corner and it’s time NSW Labor joined the Greens in a commitment to end native forest logging and unwind these disastrous Regional Forest Agreements.

‘It is time to move away from this out-dated model of forest management and recognise forests as more than a timber resource to log’ said Dawn Walker, NSW Greens MP.

Meanwhile – 800 ecologists say governments ‘wilfully dismissed’ science

The Ecological Society of Australia says scientific knowledge and evidence are being ignored by governments and policy makers, and that state and federal governments are slashing environmental funding, in a statement issued at its 2018 conference in Brisbane.

The statement, endorsed by 800 ecologists, calls for significant reform of Australia’s environment laws to address Australia’s worsening biodiversity and extinction crises.

Wilderness Society National Nature Campaign Manager Suzanne Milthorpe says that Australia is in the grips of an extinction crisis, and the rate of extinction is accelerating. ’Science and communities should be the heart of environmental decision making, not ignored by politicians who are more interested in helping big corporations exploit loopholes in our weak and inefficient laws.

‘We want environmental laws that work, that actually protect nature, and we need an independent commissioner to ensure decisions are based on evidence not politics.’

The Wilderness Society, along with 53 other environment organisations, is part of Australia’s largest environment alliance – Places You Love – calling for strong new environment laws and independent institutions to address Australia’s worsening extinction, pollution and deforestation crises.

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  1. I hope you’re all not too tired, busy and preoccupied to be utterly furious.
    To benefit at all from the exploitation is to be complicit.

  2. If we can dig open cut mines in the middle of WA we can dig holes anywhere for rubbish, and scientists can figure what to add to help it all break down, like salt perhaps, if they can find time from all their whining about the weather.
    Greens’policies have all been disasters: the non-existant hole in the ozone, mini-fleuro bulbs, cheap insulation for ceilings, the Murray-Darling watter syystem, green tape, the rise in house and development costs, and disasters to come, blackouts, non-profitable industries like battery recycling by the tons, cleaning your solar panels, insuring them, and who knows, defending your country with a LED torchlight. If rthere’s koalas at all in the Tweed Valley it’s because we reclaimed most of the swamp and marsh, those pioneers you like to disparage.
    Sure I benefit. My wires cross and I’m up for a fight!

    • If you’re upset by that list, try the consequences of pursuing business as usual, brought to you by the 2 major parties and Murdoch. Hint: it’s not going to be pretty, but there is a silver lining. When it hits the fan, you can turn around and blame the Greens for everything.


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