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January 24, 2022

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Lismore Council’s Advisory Groups need you

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said the Council is seeking passionate locals to participate in the Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group and the Nimbin Advisory Group.

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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

Vax the child

I am writing about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations for children. I am and remain a vax-sceptic. My reasons are...

Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.

Happiness

Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

Eva Ramsey says she will be her own woman on Ballina Council

One of Ballina's new councillors in B Ward is independent Eva Ramsey, who was elected as part of Sharon Cadwallader's team and is joining council for the first time. So why now, and what does she stand for?

SES issues Minor Flood warning for Lismore

Moderate rainfall across the Wilsons River catchment since Wednesday has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and its tributaries, which has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore late Friday morning.

David Gilet, Byron Bay

In regard to sustainable villages – I recently watched a documentary on giraffes in the country of Niger. The people, their domestic animals, and giraffes all seemed to coexist pretty successfully. There was footage of giraffes and people within metres of each other, basically ignoring each other. But there were problems. First the giraffes were driven away from the waterholes in the dry season to allow cattle to drink, which meant the giraffes only had access at night. Second, although it was against the law to cut acacias, the giraffes’ main food source, the people were too poor to be able to obey it. Third, the giraffes ate their bean crop.

It occurred to me how a renewable energy power source would transform these people’s lives. Electricity could be used for cooking, lighting, and refrigeration. It could also power pumps, small workshops, and electric fences to protect the bean crops. If such a system were applied throughout the Third World, maybe along the lines of the Bangladeshi small loans scheme, the world could be transformed.

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