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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

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Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

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Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Cate Andrews, East Lismore

Violence against women is undeniably an important issue worldwide. However, female-to-female violence is not high on the agenda.

When we evaluate a situation we don’t simply evaluate from our gender or sexual orientation. We also evaluate from our sociocultural position: our education, religious beliefs, political persuasion, race, socioeconomic situation. For example, why do Australians value an English migrant female over a Sudanese female, for example?

What if the English migrant female comes from a housing estate, is an unregistered sex worker, deals cocaine, transmits HIV knowingly, and has a criminal record? Whereas, the Sudanese woman is involved in charitable organisations, educates herself, belongs to a church group and as a single mother is an engaged, educated role model for her children?

Why do I still find a lot of Australians answer, more comfortably, that the English migrant knows the language and fits in? Even though she has no education and doesn’t pay taxes because her sex work is unregistered and she bullies women she believes are her competition?

Female-to-female violence is found in families, friendships at school, the workplace, and in sexual aggression and competition for a mate. It is also racial discrimination, sex discrimination (single mothers know this well), religious discrimination, educational discrimination, and cultural discrimination.


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