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Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

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Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Jo Faith, Newtown

Late last century (over 30 years ago) a cluster of cronies and pollies from NSW government had a neo-liberal thought bubble. Revamp Byron Bay. Give it the glitz of the Gold Coast. Solution: more roads and development!

It was a country cousin place at the time. The traffic on Ewingsdale Road flowed with ease to the township. One could slow their car down as farmer Tom ambled on his horse to town. So pleasant was the pace, atmosphere and general vibe that one’s heart slowed down; breathing slowly, one could view the many enchantments of Byron township.

Farmer Richard had a Yak, a sleek graceful ballerina. As one approached the roundabout on Jonson Street, they sat on a seat watching the traffic. Music played and Earth protectors danced on the streets and in Railway Park. But lurking in the underworld and shadows was Mr Market, with his twin brother Mr Progress. They did not fit into the ambience. That would have to change!

So it was that the narratives of ecological sustainability were hijacked into one word ‘sustainability’. No one seemed to notice that this concept had morphed into ‘market sustainability’. Developers and Council representatives continue to espouse the term.

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips as we witness the demise of the Butler Street wetlands. Stage One has been completed, the asphalt has been laid over it. How little we know or understand the role of this life-sustaining gift of nature.

We live in the worst times of climate change with more tragedies to come. Wetlands sustain nature – sustainability does not!

More to the point, we note that the claimed Green council has contributed $4 million of ratepayers’ money and other monies from ‘growing economies’. They are not named. The state government has donated $20 million. How Anthropogenic!

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