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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Right to die

James Regan, Myocum Jeff Dawson’s article ‘Celebrating a life and dignified death’ (10 February) highlights the systemic bias that exists...

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

A name by any other

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores An extract from Turning the Tide, the latest Australian Marine Conservation supporter newsletter: ‘Last year the Adani...

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

Senior council staff everywhere have to deal with dim-witted councillors and others who ask silly questions. Accordingly they develop the politician’s skill of appearing to answer questions while in fact avoiding them. Locally they have frequently used big city lawyers to frame the evasion more convincingly, but Mayor Simon Richardson is clearly trying to develop some skill of his own.

Asked by The Echo about vulnerable species in the vicinity of the bypass and whether the bypass will/won’t ‘open the surrounding areas to development’, Simon elected to address only the first part. He went on and on about the difficulty of rezoning E-zones to commercial, and he’s heard of no discussions along those lines with Council. That’s highly reassuring; Simon, as we all know, there’s no way staff would plan anything without your knowledge, eh. God help us.

So Simon neglects the reality that much of the Butler Street area is in fact residential, and that this area is a natural for CBD expansion for commercialisation. That would explain an approach made to Butler Street residents about two years ago by someone indirectly connected to staff: back off and we’ll rezone your land commercial. It would also explain the laying of ten high-voltage underground cables across the bypass for the purpose of ‘future-proofing’ the area.

Simon concedes that in theory ‘anything can happen in the future’. Well that’s right; who, for example would have predicted ten years ago that people purporting to be ‘Greens’ would compromise a highly endangered species and permit the dumping of 30,000 cubic metres of fill into rare wetlands, just to temporarily shave 90 seconds of travel time across one part of town.

Simon, you have a lot to answer for. I say this more in sadness than in anger.


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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

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Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.