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February 27, 2021

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Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock.

How many more people have to die on dodgy pills because of stupid and uninformed politicians unable to see the bigger picture?

When we had over 2,000 people a year dying in Berlin in the eighties from drug overdoses (mostly heroin), the politicians realised they had to do something quickly to save lives. That’s when the injecting rooms were established. You have to keep people alive so that they have a chance to change.

Pill testing is not about telling anybody it’s safe to use pills; it’s about harm minimisation.

Are we as a society really stuck believing the Howard propaganda rhetoric that says when you install a needle dispenser it means you are telling users that injecting is okay? Please, let’s not get brainwashed again.

Humans have always experimented, starting with Adam and Eve. When cannabis was legalised in the Netherlands young people weren’t much interested any more.

Alcohol (still advertised in sport) and tobacco are the biggest killers. Save our young ones now. Pill testing is a step towards that.


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