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Backlash Stan Grant

Extraordinary negative and callous statements regarding Stan Grant in the recent edition’s Backlash section. Grant was a terrible host?...

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Political comment: International revolving doors

Corruption takes many forms, and has become more refined since the days of brown paper bags. In Australia, we have lobbyists, interests and politicians, with the traditional dividing lines between these three now all but invisible, and numerous examples of people moving from one position to another, and then back again, as they prioritise personal gain over what's best for the country.

Priorities? Compliance

Despite a ‘tough budget environment’, where Council can’t find $15,000 per annum to maintain a tree planting initiative on land it manages, there will be $250,000 spent on employing two more compliance officers and purchasing another ‘enforcement’ vehicle.

60% of Ballina Council investments in fossil fuel aligned companies

The Ballina Shire Council had more than $60 million invested in fossil fuel aligned companies on behalf of ratepayers as of the end of April 2023.

Private partnership sought for bioenergy facility proposal

Byron Council have been forced to explore the possibility of a public private partnership to fund its planned  bioenergy facility in Byron Bay.

When western medicine doesn’t work 

Once I finally admitted I needed help with vicarious trauma, I tried a few techniques to ease my troubled mind. 

Greens for survival

At the recent Nimbin Town Hall where Sue Higginson, among others, was active in an affirmative action workshop where...

Craig Johnston, Myocum

To the driver of a white Ford Ranger with a Queensland licence plate.

I am a loving partner, father to three children under six, a professional working on local environmental initiatives, and a keen cyclist.

On Tuesday morning 21 May at 7am, I was one of three cyclists on Coolamon Scenic Drive having just passed Valances Road.

With no warning, a white Ford Ranger screamed past us with hand firmly on horn. We waved good morning.

When my heart rate came back down to 150 BPM after my adrenaline rush to 200BPM, I thought I would try to find said driver to share my experience with him.

Co-incidentally on exiting Mullumbimby, now in car, I happened to encounter White Ranger Man and followed, via Uncle Tom’s, to the Byron Bay turning. If I had had more fuel I would have continued to follow you.

My message: I hope you made it to your chosen destination 0.1 second earlier than if you had SLOWED DOWN, politely made your presence felt by a gentle and friendly honk, and a wave as you passed.

I love my kids, I love my partner, and I love my life. I would like to be here on planet Earth longer. I request you, and other motorists, to slow down and consider cyclists on the roads.

So to White Ford Ranger Man with orange hi-vis from Queensland, put yourself in my shoes. Would you drive that way if it were your mum, dad, partner, son, daughter, or friend, I ask?

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