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February 25, 2021

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Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

Other News

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

TGA

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Why should we trust the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) who allowed genetically modified (GM) food onto...

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

Rainbow Region Dragon boat racers pick up third place in return to racing

The Lennox Head-based Rainbow Region Dragon boat team had a promising start to 2021, when they picked up a third place at the Broadwater Regatta.

Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

The value of kindness taught at Wilsons Creek school

Wilsons Creek Public School has joined the Kindness On Purpose movement, which aims to teach children and teenagers how to be kind to themselves and kind to others.

Meg Pickup, Ballina

Any political party philosophically opposed to income support for the most needy adopts covert ways to implement their agenda. The coalition government employs backdoor strategies from John Howard’s playbook to create barriers to accessing financial support.Staff implement go-slow strategies, citing minor errors for rejecting applications.

Despite eligibility, income support payments are stalled, forcing people to wait without financial support or return to work. Such delays enable the government to bolster the bottom line in any given financial year. Take 2017–18 when NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) money was underspent by $1.6 billion. The cause according to advocates: difficulty accessing the scheme.

To compound this the government recently stacked the appeals tribunal with Liberal Party hacks, signalling certain failure for appeals against negative decisions.

These smoke-and-mirrors tactics blind Australians to the true causes of our burgeoning underclass.

The upcoming election provides an opportunity for us to reset social policy and reclaim our historical commitment to social justice and equality of opportunity.

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Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville was granted the opportunity to expand its footprint 12m to the west at last week’s Tweed Shire Council meeting.

A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021