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June 25, 2021

How do we get politicians that care?

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Another roadblock for major Kingscliff development?

Tweed Council clarifies that the Kingscliff DA for a haulage road that will allow '90,000 truck and trailer movements' to bring in fill from the M1 upgrade does not actually allow the developers to use the proposed fill at the site – developers disagree.

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‘The Norway of Australia’: what does good electric vehicle policy look like?

What does good electric vehicle policy look like? NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced an EV car package that he says will bring NSW on par with the world’s best. Is he right?

Acting Prime Ministers

Last week, Acting PM Michael McCormack managed the tricky feat of making the absent Scott Morrison look good, at least by comparison. Perhaps that's now the Nationals' role in the Canberra circus?

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Climate Change, Coal and the Flushing Toilet

Sometimes I wonder why people seem to have stopped caring about climate change. Is it because it’s too big? Is it because we have a Prime Minister who is in a dirty love triangle with coal and gas? Or is it the convenience of the flushing toilet?

Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

Community Byron announces Council ticket

Sitting independent Councillor, Cate Coorey, has announced her ticket for the 2021 Byron Shire Council elections, to be held September 4.

In a league of their own

S Haslam At the end of a dusty lane, just beyond the increasingly hip area of the Mullum Industrial Estate,...

Beth Shelley, Chair, Northern Rivers Railway Action Group

It seems that many politicians are sociopaths so how do we find ones that aren’t? BJ and DT are great examples, meaning Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, because they are so self-involved that they don’t listen to researched and knowledgeable ideas. As we can see with the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve caused many deaths as they couldn’t understand that something outside themselves was real.

Being in politics is a difficult and stressful job and probably easier for someone who’s good at ruthless self-promotion while being totally focused on themselves. We need to encourage sane, compassionate people capable of listening to many sides and focusing on real outcomes for all people.

At the moment the people in power in NSW are simply unable to understand the need of this community for public transport. Politicians from both Labor and Liberal/National parties were laughing and patting each other on the back about closing some of the Casino to Murwillumbah railway in the Northern Rivers. It hurt to see the lack of compassion displayed towards our community, our elderly, and our vulnerable people who don’t have transport.

It’s very difficult to see how to challenge that lack of care and understanding. What do you do? I wouldn’t want to be a politician except that I care about my community. But how to stay sane with all the pressures of an insane system? We all need to find those people who can listen, and care, and then give them support. It’s time for a change.

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‘The Norway of Australia’: what does good electric vehicle policy look like?

What does good electric vehicle policy look like? NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced an EV car package that he says will bring NSW on par with the world’s best. Is he right?

Byron market relocation proposal divides opinion

Community opinion appears to be starkly divided over the proposed relocation of the Byron Community Markets from the foreshore at Main Beach to Railway Park, which Byron councillors will vote on this Thursday.

Michael Lyon announces Byron Shire Council ticket

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, has announced a group of candidates to run for the upcoming Council elections in September.

Old Byron Hospital future before Council

A significant decision about the future of the old Byron Hospital site will be made this week, with Byron Council choosing an organisation to manage the new community hub that will be created there.