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October 4, 2022

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‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

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‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

Iron Gates developer launches appeal against DA refusal at Evans Head

It is a saga that has been going on for over 30 years and that some hoped might finally have come to an end. But that is not to be the case with an appeal against the refusal of the Iron Gates development application (DA) at Evans Head now having been submitted.

Meet Byron’s surf champ, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart

While Byron attracts surfers of amazing skill, there have only been a few world champions. 

It is a weekend of excitement, fun and laughter for everyone at the National Circus Festival

It truly is like stepping into another world as you enter The Famous Spiegeltent which is here for the National Circus Festival that is taking place this weekend in Mullumbimby before it once again heads off around the world.

Firearm and drug offence charges laid after Coraki vehicle stop

NSW Police say a man has been charged after a firearm and prohibited drugs were seized during a vehicle stop yesterday.

On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

Laurence Axtens, Lismore

It’s typical of the city-centric Liberal/National state government that while they have led the way federally for the provision of affordable housing in Sydney, they have completely ignored the northern rivers. Here the housing prices are comparable to Sydney and the average income is more than 30 per cent lower.

The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) is a reasonable example of how public funds can be used to fill the ‘gap’ required to deliver new below market housing, so why hasn’t it been focused on the areas of greatest need?

According to the 2018 ‘Housing Needs – Northern Rivers Housing Study’ our community housing waiting list has over 3,000 applicants and most have been waiting for over ten years. This list could be completely cleared with the investment of a mere $1.8 billion. Sounds like a lot? Think again.

The city-based state government has been making a motza speculating on Sydney property. Since coming to office Gladys’s government has sold off $10 billion in property and still holds $160 billion in their portfolio. This could explain how they afforded reducing house prices in marginal city seats; so where’s our cut?

Here in the national capital of ‘housing stress’ where rents keep our pensioners struggling to feed themselves and where the rate of homelessness has skyrocketed more than 23 per cent in the last six years – we’re screaming – show me the money.

It is hard to not feel that we’ve been played for fools by decades of National Party representatives – who have sat in parliament and watched us being ignored and exploited. Neither of the big parties can provide representatives that represent their local constituencies as their first priority; they are all beholden to Sydney. Its time to think we looked to our own.

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Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

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