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A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

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‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Marvell Hall’s ‘Dangerously Poetic’ fundraiser

This Sunday Marvell Hall will host a tribute to some of the street-named fellows with poetry, music and portraits as a fundraiser for the hall.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

John Donnellan, Ocean Shores

Congratulations to Delta Kay and the Arakwal mob for refusing to endorse the group of ratbags baying for personal freedoms on Saturday, 5 September.

Do these people live under martial law? Are they subjected to totalitarian rule? Has their land been overtaken by an invading force? No.

They’ve been asked to endure a different set of conditions while the worst health crisis in a century is ravaging the entire planet.

The thing that has been interesting has been the increasing synergy between the local ‘alternative’ viewpoints, and the international extreme right wing. COVID-19 (even its existence), 5G, anti vax, alleged freedom infringements, are all massive concerns of fascist nutjobs (QAnon et al) who base most of their arguments on outdated conspiracy theories.

Perhaps the marchers could try to do something good for the collective, i.e. society, rather than selfishly whinge about this ‘outrageous attack’(?) on their personal freedoms.

The way things are going, we may be seeing glassy-eyed hippies marching down Burringbar St with SLRs bemoaning the impact of gun laws on their personal rights. God bless America, er… Australia.

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