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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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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

Native Title declared on Evans Head after 25-year fight

Last week the court met on Evans Head, where 52 small parcels of land covering a total of 7.2 square kilometres were given native title.

Independent wants to be Byron’s new mayor

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Basil Cameron has announced his candidature for Mayor.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Local kite surfer smashes long distance world record

It was a cold, windy night on the rugged NSW south coast and Brian Kiss von Soly was wrapped up in a silver emergency blanket like a human burrito. 

Ron Leeks, Ocean Shores

So Labor have decided to adopt a policy of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 echoing most thinking leadership in the western world.

Wind and solar power will have to replace every existing coal power plant in Australia as they reach their retirement age. That amount again of renewable electricity will need to be built to provide for heavy industries’ move to electrification and hydrogen fuels. And that much solar and wind power yet again must be developed to provide for several million battery powered cars.

Billions of trees will need to be planted over the next ten years so that in 30 years time they are drawing out enough carbon dioxide to counter the remaining inputs from carbon based fuels we have not been able to replace, such as jet fuel, coking coal, gas etc.

To satiate the demand for energy in the developing world Australia will need to replace its coal exports with hydrogen fuel exports or risk less environmentally concerned countries expanding their coal mining industries.

New legislative structures will need to be implemented to foster reduced consumption and waste. All this without bipartisan political support.

It’s time to get a move on, me thinks.


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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

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