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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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What happens after two years?

The recent floods have left many people homeless. Trying to address this problem, local councils have waived some of...

Harm Labor

Much as I respect Richard Jones’ opinions on many things, I can’t agree with his conclusion last week (‘Election...


Morrison is the loose unit with the economy! Here’s some excerpts from a long, long list of corruption by...

It’s (beyond) time

Seventy-three per cent of respondents to a recent ABC Vote Compass question on whether the constitution should be amended...

Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

Regenerating Australia, by Damon Gameau, is a short film that looks back at the next ten years from the eve of 2029 and recounts all of the actions we have taken on climate change and ecological degradation.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round. 

Darren Smith, Mullumbimby

Will the Neo-Greens governing Byron Council be adhering to the relevant federal and state safety regulations when generating the clouds of ‘radioactive’ dust by digging up and transporting the 30,000m3 of fill?

These laws, regulations, and protocols are designed to protect workers and the public from the toxic side-effects of sand mining activities. Will they be obeyed by the contractors? Enforced by the consent authority and site safety managers? Who will monitor these elements?

According to records held by the DPI this area was the railhead where thorium ore was loaded on to trains and sent to Brisbane from 1937 till 1961.

Afterwards, the waste and tailings around the railyards and stockpiles were dozed and capped with scrub, rocks, and clay to form the basis of Butler St and now destination Byron Bay.

Just borrow a Geiger counter and walk the area yourself; it’s there alright.

Will there be signs erected to warn visitors of these carcinogenic, naturally occurring biohazards?

Will residents and visitors be given biohazard dust suits and masks while this nanoparticle, airborne, toxic hazard wafts around?

Unfortunately, the glowing forest of Fern Gully stands in way of profit and progress. Who will save us from the tourists? Council? Extinction Rebellion? The mayoral bypass, of cour$e!

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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.