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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Man rescued from Upper Wilsons Creek causeway

At about 10pm last Friday a man from Mullumbimby was driving his his car along Upper Wilsons Creek Road and was swept into the creek.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Byron Shire Council’s Agricultural Extension Officer, Andrew Cameron, connecting with chickens and farmers.

In a bid to revitalise and support the primary production sector in Byron Shire, Byron Shire Council’s Agricultural Extension Officer, Andrew Cameron, is looking to connect with farmers and landholders.

Council’s latest economic data has shown a decline in primary industry output in the Shire. ‘We are seeing more and more people selling up in the city, and moving to places like Byron Shire to live on the land on large “lifestyle lots”,’ said Mr Cameron.

‘Our larger lots are beautiful places to live, but they are also prime land for farming and food production. It can be an overwhelming task to take on land for the first time, and we are now offering a support service to help people overcome some of those challenges.’

Mr Cameron said part of his role is to help new landowners with ideas on how to manage the land productively and sustainably. 

A former ‘tree changer’ himself, with more than eight years experience farming and running a small agricultural business locally, Andrew is committed to nurturing the local agricultural sector to become more sustainable and to embrace more regenerative practices.

‘I am offering free one-on-one consultations, with local farmers and landowners, to offer a range of support services, solutions, networking and funding opportunities,’ he said.

‘Council is committed to ensuring Byron Shire land is used in a productive, sustainable way. We want to ensure local farmers are able to work in a way that is profitable while achieving positive environmental outcomes,’ he said.

For enquiries, or to book a free on-farm consultation, please contact Andrew on 02 6626 7223 or email [email protected]

To sign up to the Byron Shire Farming Network newsletter visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/byronshirefarmingnetwork.

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