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From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

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19-yr-old charged after alleged Mercedes joy ride in Tweed shire

A 19-year-old Tweed Heads South man faces a string of charges related to car theft on the Northern Rivers.

Rous County Dam

Jo Faith, Newtown Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First...

Local women surfers impressive in good conditions

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Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

Local kite surfer smashes long distance world record

It was a cold, windy night on the rugged NSW south coast and Brian Kiss von Soly was wrapped up in a silver emergency blanket like a human burrito. 

Ballina Shire for the next 4 years: time to have your say

The Ballina Shire Council’s Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2021/22 - 2024/25 will be on exhibition until the 28th of May with provisions for public feedback. 

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay

The Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, announced recently that the over 60s may need to retrain so they can keep working to 70 and beyond. A noble sentiment that, unfortunately, is completely devoid of any workable reality. Especially in Byron Bay! 

As a mature age person (over 60, with recent Tertiary qualifications) and seeker of ANY part-time work, I have sadly come to the view that Byron businesses, in general, are ageist. There is every possibility that this is not just confined to Byron. No-one will admit to age bias but the face to face contact here leaves me with not many other conclusions.

One fortyish business owner said to me ‘I’ve never employed anyone older than myself’. Others have hinted at it by deflecting to the handy get-out line, ‘we have a lot of heavy boxes to be lifted’.

Employing the young is a fine sentiment. They seriously need to be employed. But only employing the young restricts the business’s growth prospects because the young, while they do mature, only mature slowly and therefore the benefit to the business, year on year, is small. The right mature age person can add the extra layer of ideas that can accelerate the business’s growth.

Here in Byron I assume that the young are mainly backpackers, (read cheap and easily gotten rid of when necessary). It doesn’t augur well for the long term economic viability of places like Byron when some catastrophe puts the brakes on tourism. There doesn’t appear to be a Plan B.

The Treasurer may not have made his announcement had he first spoken to businesses in Byron Bay.


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