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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Rail trail

Peter Finch, East Lismore At last someone else has put their hand up to question the fluffery and misinformation surrounding...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

Jan Mangleson, Ocean Shores Community Association

A second community survey on the 2017 floods is about to be conducted by the University Centre for Rural Health to in part, ‘continue exploring associations between mental health, flood exposure, and other issues such as financial, health, and service supports received’.

This is important but many people are still living in fear that heavy rain will flood their homes. Byron Council has just ‘noted’ the results of the community flood survey it conducted last year.  Four hundred people asked for action.

The best way to overcome community anxiety about flooding of their homes is remediation. At Ocean Shores and Billinudgel we live in an artificially created flood bowl.  Put back the harm caused by human interference.  Remove the Readings Bay walls and open the four creeks and canal outlet to allow floodwaters their traditional pathways to escape through the coastal dunes to the ocean. Also clean out creeks and waterways, and remove the three-metre deep siltation in the Ocean Shores lakes. 

It’s nearly two years since the disastrous 2017 March 30/31 flooding of our North Byron and South Tweed areas.  On Saturday night 30  March this year we are celebrating the 50th birthday of Ocean Shores, founded in 1969. We will be okay because the Ocean Shores Country Club is the nominated flood evacuation refuge.


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