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May 22, 2024

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Fatal crash near Coffs

Three people have been involved in a horrifying crash today, leaving two dead and one in critical condition, police said. 

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Fatal crash near Coffs

Three people have been involved in a horrifying crash today, leaving two dead and one in critical condition, police said. 

2022 flood data

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Dance for Brazil

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2022 flood & DAs

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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

Cabarita Beach powers up with new EV fast charger

The future of sustainable transport is rolling into northern NSW with the opening of a new electric vehicle fast charging station at Cabarita on the weekend.

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry

Paul Bibby’s front page story suggested an abusive surf culture was more a factor in surf rage than overcrowding and inexperience. I couldn’t agree more. Chest thumping is to blame, not kooks.

Our hyper-masculine surf culture is a form of social Darwinism. Aggression and dominance are seen by many as the way to win waves. This toxic culture venerates ripping up the best waves – communing with nature, or fraternising with mates, are ancillary objectives.

We saw this a few years ago when, amid great panic about shark attacks, a local boardrider’s club drew international headlines with its obscene advocacy of a shark cull. Our surf culture is about mastery over nature and dominating the weak. Some work is definitely needed.


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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.