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April 23, 2021

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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Follow the buck$

JK Mckenna, Burringbar Give Fast Buck$ his own column in the paper. Let him speak. Let him be heard. Let’s also...

Community land trust

Shane Sylvanspring, Mullumbimby I want to congratulate and applaud Cr Paul Spooner, Mayor Simon Richardson, and planning staff for supporting and...

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Music photos

Jack Paten, Shellharbour Over the years I have collected various photos from the past of Australian Country Music history and am...

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.

Koala Wars

James Wright, Byron Bay On reading Dailan’s ‘Koala Wars’ I felt compelled introduce the readers to interesting debate about the health and...

Jim Nutter, Main Arm

With the evidence for human induced climate change no longer in contention, and the imminent cost to our commonwealth and the public purse, when will our government get serious about pursuing those companies, both mining and agricultural, who have profited from the rape of our environment, and the politicians who aided and abetted them?

Or do we, the people, accept ‘business as usual’?

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  1. It hasn’t been a matter of contention for over fifteen years now. NSW used to have a Department of Environment and Climate Change. Now we have neither.

    Looking at the regional areas most affected by climate change driven drought and bushfires, the vast majority are in conservative LNP seats where they voted for business as usual – especially for the Nationals in the Murray-Darling Basin where agribusiness, CSG exploration and fracking, inland open-cut coal mining and water theft has replaced farming, where Gladys and Baird legalised unapproved unregulated land clearing, cut the “red and green tape”, abolished the Threatened Species Act, protected feral horses, gave water to cotton and thieves, where dust storms are more common than thunderstorms.

    The Mayor of Menindee said after the SFF candidate won Barwon at the NSW election following the “Anyone But the Nats” campaign: “We did our bit the rest of NSW let us down”. That was less than a year ago, the state was already in drought. A federal election followed. So Jim, it looks like self-interest and business as usual! What will it take?

    Now the regions are desperate for government and community assistance handouts. No talk of change. Maybe Barwon was a precursor? The first time they’ve ever been considered environmental reactionaries and they elected the SFF, FFS!


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