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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.

Other News

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a...

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Music photos

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

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

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.

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay

Jan Barham’s article Will Byron Shire Achieve an Ecologically Sustainable Future? (24 December, 2019) needs to be compulsory reading for all who wonder how and why Byron Shire might be seen as ‘uniquely different’; particularly against the background of current world-wide crises. It is all about a broad vision and local action.

For the newcomers, it’s a pen-sketch of where we’ve been. For the rest of us, it’s a reminder of the critical milestones along the path we have trod and the fact that there is no end to that road.

Jan writes lucidly about the concept of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and, most importantly, reminds us that ESD is ‘very much a YES statement’.

Jan explains best practice strategic planning, speaks to us of the community activism that drove many of [our past] achievements, and of the visionary policies and strategies which emerged. Jan also addresses the inevitable disappointments and road blocks we encountered on the way. Ultimately it’s a timely reminder of not only why ESD should be part of the future but why it should always be embedded in our strategic planning and our thinking!

The only element missing from the article (not surprisingly) is about the massive amount of energy and achievements which Jan brought to her role as both a local and state representative.

At a time when there is no shortage of psychopaths and charlatans masquerading as community leaders, it’s timely to be reminded of the debt that we owe some very special individuals.

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  1. Hear hear… thanks Hugh I hope those who missed the article go to the archives (black toolbar top right on this website). Jan is a beautiful & humble woman, the quiet acknowledgement from you is perfect. 🙂

  2. I’m afraid I haven’t read the article but if the oxymoron “uniquely different” was used the author may be an idiot.
    I’ll look it up reserving judgement in the meanwhile.


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