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Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.

Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

J Rose, Mullumbimby

It is a pity Chibo Mertineit (Letters, 27 January) hadn’t read rather more Australian history. He would have seen how the ‘fauna’ were in fact regarded.

The King’s instructions to Arthur Phillip said, inter alia, ‘endeavour by every means to open an intercourse with the natives (sic) and to conciliate their affections… And if any of our subjects wantonly destroy them, or [interrupt] their several occupation, it is our will and pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment… report… in what manner those people (sic) may be turned to the advantage of the colony.’

It is not to the point of this letter whether the instructions were carried out but it is to the point, most certainly, that the instructions did not assume a land empty of people, or human beings.

Ed note: But it is to the point that ‘natives’ were not recognised in Australia and therefore it was declared ‘terra nullius’ creating the legal fiction needed to ignore the requirement set out above and claim the land without recognition of the ‘natives’ occupying the land.


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