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$6.8 million Tweed pound contract awarded

The Tweed Shire Council has awarded a $6.8 million contract for design and construction of a new state-of-the-art animal pound and rehoming centre.

Other News

A picnic is more fun with painting

It’s that time of year again when baguettes and olives are embraced along with your cerulean blues and your crimson lakes, for the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s annual Community Picnic and Artist Paint Out on Sunday, June 30.

Inequity underpins solar-battery rebates

Over 3.2 million Australian households now have solar systems, and NSW leads, with a million systems (rooftop, heated pool or hot water).

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: PFAS-ed Off

Whenever a cloudy day hits Mullumbimby we all know it’s only a matter of time before someone’s on a community Facebook group warning people about chemtrails. I’ve sat in a Meet the Candidates and heard an audience member ask an MP what they are going to do about chemtrails and watched them squirm.

Curtains up on Byron High’s debut musical

After many months of hard work and rehearsing, Byron Bay High School students and staff  are about to perform...

Byron business perspectives in a tough winter 

Having traded in Byron Bay for 47 years, Skallyrags owner, Rob Bass, said he’s never seen a winter like this one.

Bruns garden for community under threat

Bruns local Toni Storer thought one way to help her neighbours and other locals to survive the economic downturn was to stop mowing and weeding the Council strip at the front of her house and to pop in a veggie garden.

Margaret Louise, Lismore

On this day, of all days, the excruciating vulgarity of Ocker culture is hard to take.

Don’t get me wrong – I love the lucky country. I can live with the Bottle-O, the servo, the smoko and the avos; I’ve gotten used to brollies and lollies, bikkies and sickies, the ciggies and sunnies and posties and mozzies (who are not the same as ankle biters).

But what does it say about our nation, that so many solid upstanding nouns have been turned into their comic diminutives? Are we afraid to say it like it really is?

Sure, we’re a nation of ex-convicts, larrikins, swagmen, settlers – and who need to get the words out quick, before the flies got in – so if shorter, cutesy words made the hard yakka of living on the world’s driest inhabited continent a bit easier, well good on ‘em!

Look at us now! And look at what, and who, we’ve destroyed to get here.

Was it was worth it?

Did the massacres of this land’s original inhabitants all happen just so a bunch of legless bogans could spend the arvo’ round a barbie, clutching their stubbies as the snags burn and ice in the esky melts? (Do these blokes think of anything else but the footy, mate? Or who’s gonna shout for the next slab?) Ah well, boys deserve a bit of relaxation, don’t they?

Like ScoMo sez, life wasn’t so flash for those arriving here in 1788 either.

And from that point on it was far, far less flash for the folks who watched them arrive…

…in Botany Bay or Perth or Hobart or Mallacoota, or in Evans Head, where Indigenous people were later surrounded at dawn as they slept, and shot – or driven off the edge of the cliffs at Goanna Headland.

Fair dinkum mate… happened right here.

Bloody oath.


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