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January 29, 2023

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

Other News

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Invasion, Survival and Mourning Day

Why does 26 January create so much anger, sadness and frustration? Because it’s a day that is not inclusive. It’s a day that celebrates inequality in this country. It’s a day that says 97 per cent of our population can celebrate the injustices done to thousands and thousands of innocent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the name of advancement and expansion of the British Empire.

Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

Survival/Australia Day celebration – Byron Shire

There are events being held across the Byron Shire on January 26 to celebrate both Survival and Australia Day.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.

Interested in starting a business along the Tweed rail trail?

People interested in starting a business along the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail can now register their interest in joining the Rail Trail Partner Program.

Man dies in highway crash at Chinderah

A man has died following a crash at Chinderah overnight.

SBS blocked.

Facebook is blocking Australian news sites from using its platform from today with the ABC, The Guardian, SBS and other platforms now showing ‘No posts yet’ on their Facebook pages. It also appears that they have blocked government health sites, the police and other non-media sites according to The Guardian.

This includes the Australian Bureau of Meteorology who have issued a press release letting Australian’s know that they can receive their weather information directly from their Bureau of Meteorology site or via the BOM Weather app.

The move comes in response to the proposed ‘News Media Bargaining Code legislation’.

On their Facebook Australia site they explain that ‘The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content’.

A similar threat by Google to withdraw its search engine from Austalian users was not carried through. Google began negotiating with a range of Australian news media sites to pay for their content including Crikey, Guardian Australia, News Corp, and Nine Entertainment.

‘The Nine deal is reportedly worth $30m a year’, according to The Guardian.

‘Australia’s treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, tweeted he had “a constructive discussion” with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday morning,’ according to the report in The Guardian.

‘“He raised a few remaining issues with the government’s news media bargaining code and we agreed to continue our conversation to try to find a pathway forward.”

‘Australia’s communications minister, Paul Fletcher, said the move raised questions about the credibility of information now available on Facebook.

“The decision they’re taking … is [to] remove all authoritative incredible news sources from the platform,” he told 2GB radio.

“And now that is a decision that they’ve announced today. Obviously, the Australian government will consider that very carefully but it certainly raises issues about the credibility of information on the platform.”

The Echo Facebook has yet to be blocked.

The Echo has now also been blocked from posting on Facebook as part of Facebook’s Australian news feed blockade.

Other reliable news providers’ sites include:

ABC

SBS

The Guardian

Crikey


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Censorship has been plaguing social media platforms since 2020. Anyone who thinks it speaks differently to the mainstream narrative gets blocked or account deleted. So much for free speech, eh?

    instead of using google use Duck Duck Go search engine, it doesn’t track you and deleted your search content. Instead of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter ETC use mewe, telegram, parler ETC.

    A good reliable news source is the EPOCH times..

    Gotta start thinking outside the box people… there are other sources of information.

  2. After been made aware that I could have a 28-year-old daughter living in America Facebook played a big role in helping me to find her, happy days. But as far as News content goes THEY sensor of the crap out of it anyway so who cares about Facebook and their FAKE news.

  3. Overseas news sites are also blocked.
    If you are overseas and have an Australian facebook account you will be blocked from viewing news sited wherever you are.

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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.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

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Police find body of missing Elanora woman

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Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.