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Not quite ‘too late’

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Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump...

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Graham Mathews, Possum Creek

The Luddites are back. I read, with a distinct lack of enthusiasm, comments attributed to Richard, Trip A Deal CEO, who points out that ‘our internet already works fine here…’ (14 October). Hardly surprising since, as I understand it, his organisation has a dedicated fibre optic connection via which they remain in contact with the rest of the universe!

Less fortunate is my business activity and those of many others in the Shire who live with a motley mix of Telstra 4G, NBN wireless, and string-and-can connections, etc and, in my case, a long copper wire connecting me from a hill above Possum Creek to the world outside.

Without reprising remarks made in my previous letter to you, this pandemic (yes it’s not just a few extra people catching flu this year), this prompted a sudden and mass shifting of business activity to home office operation and, at the same time, cloud-based IT activity, and has resulted in a huge extra volume of traffic which the present systems were clearly not prepared for.

It’s also worth reminding the passionate opponents of the 5G rollout that the area we are currently discussing is an INDUSTRIAL Estate – not a residential/commercial precinct. Our developing livelihood as a growing, vibrant, centre of IT and commercial activity (much of which has been priced out of the Byron CBD by exorbitant rents) is potentially threatened by a lack of the sort of connectivity the Telstra expansion offers.


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