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April 15, 2021

To all Queenslanders who visit Byron

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Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

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Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

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Lilac house bound by red tape

Mullumbimby resident Nicole Haberecht is facing a $3,000 fine and the prospect of repainting her house after Council made a demand that she change the colour after it was painted a shade of lilac.

Inspector condemns prisoner health services

In the forward to the Inspector of Custodial Services Report published last month, Fiona Rafter Inspector of Custodial Services says that the provision of health services to inmates in New South Wales custodial facilities is a complex and challenging responsibility.

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Mullum’s lilac house the subject of Change.org petition

The plight of a Mullum resident has touched the hearts and injustice buttons of people far and wide who feel that a requirement that she repaint her house a heritage colour and possibly pay a fine, not only ridiculous but also petty.

Paul Brecht, Evans Head

This is a letter to all Queenslanders who visit Byron Shire and to those who are more worried about their bank accounts than their children’s children’s future.

Shame on you for voting for the Morrison-led coalition. What part of environmental rape of our planet don’t you understand?

I lived in Queensland’s deep north when the place was ruled by Jo the Peanut King; he wanted to secede from Australia and after the last election process they should’ve.

It was then, and still is, a police state; just the names of rulers have changed – the song remains the same.

Yes, it’s a lot warmer in winter up there, and what rainforests remain are great, and the humpback whales love it too; but that’s about it for me (sorry, Mandy). I hope you still talk to me after this letter, sis.

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  1. Hi Paul – I lived there as well through Jo’s
    reign. Martial Law was called & many of
    us were shunted into paddy-wagons. I’ve
    been trying to find out if that implemented
    ‘martial law’ is still in place – it was, it’s
    said, back when the Jo for PM frightened
    the hell out of the country.

    QLD’s vote count was sickening. Lateral
    thinking & so many were too lazy to get
    out of their own way. The Labor Premier
    didn’t help & Shorten didn’t take a stand
    either… pretty wimpy. People power’s
    all we’ve got. There are ways…

  2. What sanctimonious nonsense. Because some people do not agree with the approach of addressing climate change at both the supply and the demand side you propose they are unwelcome in the Byron Shire. Beyond commendable but tokenistic efforts like the Elements train there is little particularly energy efficient about the way its residents and industry uses energy. The census shows Byron Shire rates of car ownership and are similar to those across QLD. Unlike QLD the Shire does not mandate higher energy ratings for new buildings. It makes the greater part of its income from tourism and agriculture – both high energy industries. All of that is understandable for geographic and demographic reasons but it hardly places people in the Byron Shire in a position to lecture others on how we should go about reducing Australian and world-wide energy consumption.

    QLDers and others voted for Morrison because with good reason they were not persuaded by Labor’s complex and inequitable policies, and because they reacted to the hypocrisy of green sloganeering and demonstrations like the anti-Adani protestors with time on their hands driving thousand of kilometres to give patronising lectures to a hard working people in mining areas. Unless people in the Greens and Labor-left take responsibility and stop blaming others for their failed strategies and policies, and unless they learn how to communicate with blue-collar workers and with older people Mr Morrison can look forward to more terms as Australia’s daggiest PM.


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