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Vote for the Future: State elections

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Byron’s chocoholics’ Easter destination

The Love Byron Bay boutique has been specialising in unique cocoa encounters for nearly a decade now. In this...

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Fresh STRA audits and prosecutions ahead

Hundreds of locals who are renting out their studios and granny flats on Airbnb, in breach of consent conditions agreed with Byron Council, could face prosecution under a new measure introduced last week.

Election 2023 – Tweed: Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald is running for the seat of Tweed on behalf of the Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment / Corruption. The key element to their campaign is to reduce immigration to Australia from 200,000 back to 70,000 per annum. 

Kingscliff triathlon this weekend

The twenty-fifth Kingscliff triathlon will take place at Kingscliff this weekend. The event will welcome an expected field exceeding 1,300 athletes.

Main Arm road works update

Further to last week’s Echo newspaper story Main Arm Road repairs grant unsuccessful, Council’s General Manager, Mark Arnold, told...

Lismore candidate Alex Rubin

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

AJP’s Susie Hearder

Animal Justice Party (AJP) candidate Susie Hearder responds to The Echo’s questions on building on State Significant Farmland (SSF),...

Ian Cohen, Broken Head    

Locally we are in a strong position to Transform NSW politics with Tamara Smith’s re-election in Ballina and Sue Higginson’s election in Lismore thus establishing a ‘Green Heartland’ in erstwhile National Party strongholds.

Despite The Echo prediction of the loss of Green local member in the Upper House after 24 years of representation I’m still hopeful that Dawn Walker could scrape in bolstered by a direct No 1 vote in our region for her below the line and a search for 14 other strong environmental and progressive candidates  (minimum of 15 votes must be cast below the line). All I can say is it is ‘not impossible’.  How many times in recent history has that been a Green position.

As an MP for 16 years I believe that with a ‘green hand’ on the shoulder of government we did more than any back bencher in the major parties to focus on environment and social justice issues.

I have to ask the candidates for the major parties if successful. Will you cross the floor?

1. To oppose new coal mines

2. To oppose new CSG projects

3. To stop current unsustainable logging practices particularly in koala habitat

Remember it was one or both major parties in power pushing the above horrendous projects. 

Simply defy your parties and reflect the will of the electorate, the earth and future generations. I doubt it but I welcome being proven wrong.

Oh, regarding the National Parties blatant pork barreling, consumption requires election of Ben locally and Coalition statewide. Hardly a piggy feast in the offing.

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