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June 18, 2024

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Questions remain unanswered over Mullum’s water strategy

Questions unanswered over Mullum’s water strategy Council’s Water and Sewer Advisory Committee (WSAC) members Ben Fawcett and Elia Hauge say...

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A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Youth Activities Centre holds Friend Raiser, June 20Youth Activities Centre holds Friend Raiser, June 20

Live music, a flea market, food, an art sale and a non-alcoholic bar will all be part of a free event, to be held at Byron’s Youth Activities Centre (YAC), on Thursday, June 20, from 4pm to 8pm.

Ballina Council join study to understand water use

Ballina Council has joined Bathurst, Dubbo and the Murray River Council areas to participate in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that aims to identify how people use water across regional NSW. 

Occupants of empty buyback homes face eviction day

Members of Lismore’s Reclaim our Recovery community group called for a last-minute gathering of supporters this morning as people continued to occupy otherwise abandoned houses in North Lismore.

Greenhouse emissions increase by 40 per cent

The Global Nitrous Oxide (N₂O) Budget, released today, reveals anthropogenic (human-induced) N₂O emissions have increased by 40 per cent in the past four decades, with the period between 2020-2022 showing an accelerated rate of growth. 

Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.

Darren Hiller Smith, Mullumbimby

I’m in awe of how bureaucracy irritates so many disparate groups, so harmoniously, such clever design.

The PR always exudes the green progressive willingness to ‘find’ common ground, but in reality just turns out more red / blue / green tape, or ‘fines’.

Are these, exclusive, highly qualified people building a patchwork of expense, compliance, mistakes and delay into their service to belie the fact that they are wasting your time and money for their association’s betterment?

Most people like to find bargains, create life-hacks, use logical steps to fixing problems and consult genuine experts when necessary. It seems Councils and Government culture, don’t, can’t or won’t.

Take things like potholes – how difficult is it to fill in a hole with graded rocks and render the surface slightly curved and water tight? For millennia we have been doing it with rock, gravel, tar. Roll up.

It’s hot shitty work, but vital and well paid. Probably better done at night.

But not our contractors; they are turning roads into dangerous tracks with loose finishes, bumps and dips, no camber and no rock base. Why?

I am rather embarrassed that the old people that built the town have to see how badly kept their tidy town is now. Progress? Only on paper.

Let’s build our towns with pride, not prejudice.


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