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January 30, 2023

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Big centuries scored across the region as cricket season builds

Alstonville has come off second best to Tintenbar East Ballina in their two-day match at Hill Park Oval in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League, thanks to a century from Abe Crawford. TEB chose to bowl and it didn’t take long for their first strike as Alstonville opener Ryan Pearce was trapped lbw for a third-ball duck.

Man dies in highway crash at Chinderah

A man has died following a crash at Chinderah overnight.

Lismore hospital works completed

The final stage of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment is now complete, says the NSW Liberals and Nationals government.

Unapproved cabin stop order upheld

The NSW Land & Environment Court has upheld Byron Council’s decision to order a local landowner to stop renting out a 40-year-old rural cabin in Middle Pocket because it was an unapproved dwelling.

Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

John Boyle, Mullumbimby

While all those folks who marched and protested for action on climate change should be applauded, we need to stop, consider and mount more and larger protests against the cause of climate chaos.

Rampant consumer capitalism, ‘Casino’ capitalism, the worldwide addiction to the consumption of ‘things’, mindless international tourism, endless wars and the exploitation of at least a billion animals each year.

Unless those issues are addressed and our behaviour modified, we will ‘eat the future of our descendants’.

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  1. The capitalist system – including the modified capitalism of one party states like China and Vietnam – has over my lifetime delivered the a largest reductions in human poverty in human history. That has been accompanied by a state of international peace between the major powers that has held since the triumph of capitalism over socialism and the end of the cold war. The developed capitalist democracies have shown they are more capable at managing environmental impacts of growth than those socialist states ever were, and more capable than the third world countries that have not put in place good governance over public administration, including environmental management. Developed capitalist democracies have also put in place strong legislation to ensure the millions of animals we keep to eat are treated humanely.

    Plainly managing the impact of increased energy consumption is unfinished business. The managers of private capital consistently have told government what they need is certainty in policies that reduce carbon emissions, whether they are from energy production or livestock and vegetation management so they can invest in innovative and profitable ways of producing energy, housing, food and other products. One great challenge will be to reduce the carbon impact of air travel. Far form being mindless, other people have long found overseas travel broadens the mind and the globalisation of work and families will continue to create a demand for travel.

    Campaigners to save our planet would do better to educate voters on the need ot accept higher costs for energy and other carbon intensive products like meat, so that governments can respond with strong policy settings, and private capital will quickly respond with low carbon impact alternatives.


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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.