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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

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The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so is the barbeque… or picnic, at this...

Honouring midwives on their International day

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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

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Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

David Gilet, Byron Bay

Like most Australians, I think that racehorses are beautiful graceful creatures and I was appalled at the recently revealed extent of their commodification and the conditions of their slaughter.

I also found appalling the gross ingratitude of owners condemning to death horses who have won substantial prizemoney for them, because they are no longer regarded as useful.

Because of our love of horses, our view has become highly sentimentalised. In comparison, think of the fate of a dairy cow – at five or six years old it is carted off to an abattoir, has a bolt shot into its brain and becomes literally mincemeat, despite producing tons of milk for the farmer during its lifetime. But the reality is that if farmers retired their cows it would erode their already meagre profit margins. In fact, we have a blind spot to the commodification of most farm animals and regard it as their natural fate. Just a thought.


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