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January 20, 2022

Time to transition

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First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

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Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 2022

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Eva Ramsey says she will be her own woman on Ballina Council

One of Ballina's new councillors in B Ward is independent Eva Ramsey, who was elected as part of Sharon Cadwallader's team and is joining council for the first time. So why now, and what does she stand for?

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

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Geraldine Crumpton, Fernleigh

 I couldn’t agree more with Phillip Fraser’s article, that it really is time for Byron Shire to Save the World.

A lot of what he suggests is already happening all over the globe via the inspiring Transition Towns movement. 

Originally an idea created in the small town of Totnes in the UK in 2006, it has been growing successfully ever since and has now spread to thirty countries.

There are Transition Towns all over the world that are actively planning and striving to become sustainable and resilient so they can be better prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead. It is an exciting movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

So why aren’t we doing something like this?

In a Shire with so many smart, creative, talented and imaginative people, there is so much potential here to create an exciting new future for ourselves, and to be an inspiration to the rest of the world. And as Phillip rightly says ‘If not now, when? And if not us, who?’

If you’d like to know more about the exciting Transition Town movement, go to www.transitionnetwork.org.


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