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April 17, 2021

Byron bypass still a live issue

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HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

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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.

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.

Dr Mary Gardner, Byron Bay

Whether the bypass works are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ is still a live issue. But one impasse in particular must be addressed. According to media reports, Joshua Winters at Council says that Hazell Brothers are in charge; but the contractors say the council is in charge. Nowhere is there leadership from councillors. In this hiatus mistakes will happen. The felling of the cypress pine is one early example.

What is urgently required onsite are adaptive managers and advocates for the needs and concerns of biodiversity, residents, and protectors. Where justified, they must have the power to halt and adapt works as required.

Can there be less destruction? Adaptive managers and advocates must take an inventory of important trees and plants lost and find a way to replant that species nearby.

Well ahead of any more works, adaptive managers must comb the sites searching for animal and bird life. Works must accommodate day-to-day needs of animals, rescues and of biodiversity that must be part of the site plan moving forward.


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