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October 18, 2021

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Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

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Covid Cassandra peers into the future

As the COVID lockdowns draw to a close, there are still people who profess themselves unwilling to vaccinate under any circumstances, and who object to bearing any consequences that may arise.

Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

Rotary have partnered with NSW Police to design and distribute 150 umbrellas with a very clear message: 'Say NO to domestic violence'.

Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

Vale Frank Mills OAM 26.5.1928 – 3.10.2021

Frank Mills was a natural raconteur. So it was no surprise when his family found a folder labelled The Story of Frank Mills.  It contained this story (which his granddaughter has slightly edited) and two poems, with the instructions: ‘Not to be read until I’m dead’

Queensland Parliamentary Annexe disturbed by Extinction Rebellion protest

This morning, October 13, a protest organised by Extinction Rebellion disrupted the Queensland Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane.

Zoran Radovanovic and son enter guilty pleas after sending region into lockdown

The father and son from Sydney's eastern suburbs who sent the region into lockdown by bringing COVID to Byron, have pleaded guilty to some of the charges against them.

Duncan Dey, Main Arm

Flood modelling takes rainfall as its input, runs it through a catchment to model flood behaviour, and ends, in our case, at the ocean. The flood we focus on is the 1-in-100-year flood, because it is deemed ‘big’ and because our state government says that land-use above that is ‘safe’.

Science best anticipates that flood rain inputs in our area could grow by about 20 per cent in future centuries.  Today’s 100-year floods are thus not too bad a match for future century’s floods.

But science also tells us that this century will see one or two metres of rise in sea level. Hence Mullumbimby at about 4m above sea level is deemed ‘safe’ this century. But sea level rise is compounding – next century’s rise could be 3m, and in the century after it could be 6m. The numbers aren’t known but the exponential trend is.

There is no doubt that Mullumbimby will be flooded by the ocean before the cadastral boundaries of its land tenure are superseded. As an
example, allotments subdivided in Australia last century are still around (as are those of the century before). Land boundaries and ownership will likely survive until the next round of colonisation, by China or by whatever other aggressive aliens.

Sadly, the archaic planning regime under which we prepare Floodplain Management Plans ignores sea level rise beyond the year 2100.  This Flood Plan is no different. It dooms the Shire to failure next century, and the then townsfolk to a life-style not unlike that of Venice.

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XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

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Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

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Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

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The truth doesn’t mind being questioned. A lie does. Margot Hays, Bangalow