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February 2, 2023

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Food prices are up, and so is…

I was shocked to see the cost of local bread I buy in Mullumbimby had risen 40 per cent. That particular loaf is becoming a luxury item.

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Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Saint Bob of the Greens in Lennox Head

With hardly a vacant seat in the auditorium, Bob Brown kept the party faithful’s eyes, ears and hearts glued...

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Indigenous cricketers go head-to-head

Regional teams came together at Ballina’s Fripp Oval for an Indigenous cricket challenge carnival on January 26, last week. The...

Food prices are up, and so is…

I was shocked to see the cost of local bread I buy in Mullumbimby had risen 40 per cent. That particular loaf is becoming a luxury item.

Environment law fails to protect threatened species

A University of Queensland finding says that the federal environmental laws are failing to mitigate against Australia’s extinction crisis.

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby

I want to thank Mandy for her marvellous column on Mr Sol Bellear last week, especially as January 26 – known to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Survival Day or Invasion Day – is here once again. It reminds us that a person should be judged by their actions and their achievements in life, and not on superficial and irrelevant facts.

Giving Mr Bellear the respect that is his due I would like to repeat the words of Senator Patrick Dodson (Pat Dodson for PM!) when he remembered him as ‘A true activist and justice warrior for First Nations people’. He was a man of courage, vision, and dedication. Sol Bellear serves as a great example to us all of what a man can aspire to, given the passion and determination powered by a strong mind, a sense of justice, and responsibility towards our fellow human beings.

Rest in peace, Sol – on January 26 I was at your graveside to plant the red, black, and yellow in your honour.


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Abouchar honoured with Order of Australia

The new head of the Byron Community College (BCC), Chantal Abouchar, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contributions to business and the media.

Appeal for flag stolen from Bruns

The two Aboriginal flags that fly high over the Brunswick River Bridge on Invasion Day have become a potent symbol of survival and solidarity for many in the Shire. 

TELSTRA – The end of the line?

I live in a valley that was ravaged by flood last year. Telegraph poles were swept out of the ground by landslides and many...

Dear Byron Shire Council

Why, oh why, did you not add a traffic calming device when you recently sealed Clay Rd, Mullumbimby? This was a beautiful, quiet lane, that...