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May 8, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

Council won’t save our beach

Cr Jan Hackett, Byron Bay Byron Shire Council refuses to take any action to save our once world-class beach, until...

Lismore Council set to increase fees, cut costs in a bid to balance budget

Lismore City Council is set to increase fees and charges and cut spending in an attempt to overcome a $19.5m operating deficit.

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Christina Henry, Bangalow

Tina Petrof (Letter 12 February) firstly, hats off to your husband, I have great respect and gratitude to all our firies who give so much for our communities’ safety!

Secondly, have a look at Jacqui Lambie’s speech in parliament re the sports rort: ‘another shameful day in politics… we know what you’ve been up to… start being bloody honest with the people in this country’. I can relate to her anger! The irresponsible, simplistic spin thrown our way to deflect from the issue of climate change during the national emergency was shameful too.

No, the National Parks (NP) are not locked up, the incident you describe is an isolated one. The policy created by Bob Carr gave responsibility for hazard reduction burning (HRB) in our NPs, to those highly trained in environmental care and fire fighting. There are not infinite resources or the necessary precise weather conditions needed to safely do all the HRB needed every year. 

In 2018 NPs did complete its prescribed burning target of 135,000 hectares, despite having its workforce reduced by 35 per cent under the coalition. The drought conditions in 2019 during winter and spring were contrary to safe implementation of HRB. The reality is HRB has little effect on the mega-fires we have seen over the past months, so the responses needed are much more multi-faceted and complex. This includes addressing climate change in an ethical way instead of lying about it on the world stage.

The PM, and many members of the coalition, are career politicians focussed on being in power even if it means bribery and corruption – they are there for their salaries, perks and pensions. The electoral commission, amongst others, show how they (political parties) receive huge monetary donations for their election campaigns – particularly by the mining and fossil fuel sector – the deal being that the donators then get their licences for for mines and gas wells and their low taxes and subsidies

Look at how the government responded to the fires with a Liberal Party advert and fundraiser for their party – unbelievable!

My perspectives on our corrupt, inadequate government are based on a desire to prevent Aussies experiencing doom and gloom on an unprecedented scale. I want Australia to have an intelligent, ethical government leading people into a better future.

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  1. We are quite frankly not getting the Government we are all paying for. Corruption is rife, spin is out of control and the greed of these politicians is sickening. With all the rorts, distortion of climate truth, lack of action why are we not seeing the Sacking of this toxic bunch of no hopers?

  2. Sacking’s by far too good for this batch
    of blathering back-patting miniscule
    little men who just want their own
    private rattle. Dumb? Not really. Like
    most wimps they come in ‘clumps’ in
    order to bludge off the public purse.
    To be fair, not even the Mafia would
    touch ’em.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

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