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May 19, 2021

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

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Diverse and resilient

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School Strike for Climate next Friday

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Stirring the Tea Pot

A house without tea is not a home.

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Lester Prowse, Huonbrook

Just read Cr Ndiaye’s excuses and have now lost my last little bit of faith in this council.

She says they had no time to think it through – what was the rush? Forgot to instruct the artist?! Had to learn the hard way! You just did not do your homework – or did the dog eat it?

Now you want to keep the report secret so we can’t know the depths of the committee’s stupidity. You need not worry about that. We all know what is wrong with it and I will list a few reasons for anyone who still thinks it was a good job and want to keep it.

You didn’t have the common sense or intelligence to ask anyone in the whole Shire working with metal (eg welders, panel beaters, etc) for their opinion.

They would have told you that with metal fatigue there would one day be strings of sharp metal flying around in the wind in the traffic. And the birds held on by only a wing tip wouldn’t be there long – here comes one now, duck! Run away!

They would tell you how crappy it would look after only a couple of years when what now looks like shiny alfoil vanishes in the salty air.

Where were Council’s engineers, on their fat salaries, when this was proposed? We should get better ones! It’s too late to get an engineer’s report after the event. Was Roads and Maritime asked if it was a good idea to put something like that in the middle of the roundabout? And, oh dear, the poor artist. He should be tarred and feathered.

Take a look at the last effort, to make that laneway beautiful by painting THE ROAD with stripes and ‘murals’ that are very boring. It looks so crappy now as the road stripes wear out and accentuate the poor state of the road surface’s patched potholes.

And what will happen to the sculpture planned for Railway Park? Future use as an anchor for a boat? Please don’t waste any more of our dough on this rubbish. Sack that committee – now.

Which brings me to the ‘Bypass that won’t work’ and the transport hub that should have been put in the railway station, accessed from Butler Street: cover the lines in the marshalling area with gravel for the buses and the station could once again be a transport hub. It’s got everything you need already there.

We can’t afford to learn everything the hard way (also known as trial and error); we have to fix road services EVERYWHERE.

Sewer pipes in Mullum etc, all big-tickets items. But what do we do? See above! 

If we’re not laughing stock yet, we soon will be when the ‘bypass’ fails to deliver.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh deary me.

PS: Oliver Dunne likes it (The Dong). He was a mayor too?


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