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June 20, 2021

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Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may...

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Yes! Chupacabra fiesta

S Haslam Chupacabra are coming up to their third birthday, and to celebrate all the ups and downs they are...

Police withdraw charge against protester 

The police case against a Byron local arrested at a ‘My body, my choice’ protest has been dropped, according to rally organiser Dean Jefferys.

Catch Flock’s Brice Fundraiser: Cycle For Brighter Futures

Matt Brice cycled through India solo in 2014 under the name of Cycle for Brighter Futures (CFBF), raising funds...

Drug and firearm offences – Tweed Heads

Police say a man has appeared in court after allegedly being found in possession of firearms, drugs and nearly $10,000 cash in Tweed Heads.

Professor Offord makes Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Ocean Shores resident and Emeritus Professor, Baden Offord, has been named on the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List, ‘For distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity’.

ABC maintaining independence?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m a fan of the ABC so I’m a bit disappointed that the local ABC radio station has...

Gabriela Mueller, Cumbalum

The Pilliga State Forest is the largest temperate woodland west of the Great Dividing Range, covering more than 500,000ha. It is one of the most bio-diverse areas of Australia, and home to many vulnerable species of fauna and flora. It was recognised as one of Australia’s biodiversity hotspots in the early 2000’s owing to its mixture of coastal and inland species.

Very importantly, the Pilliga Forest also lies in the southern recharge zone of the Great Artesian Basin.

Gas company Santos has plans to sink up to 850 unconventional gas wells in the forest. The very real concern is that this is only the beginning, and that surrounding farmland will also be turned into gasfields. 97 per cent of the local community said ‘No’ to this project and they need our help to prevent this from going ahead. 

The decision on this proposal has been referred to the state’s Independent Planning Commission (IPC), which is holding a public hearing into the project on 20–24 July and is accepting submissions until 31 July.

Back in 2014 we fought hard to keep Metgasco out of the Northern Rivers. Let’s support the people of northwestern NSW to keep their area gasfield free.

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