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‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

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Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Zenith Virago, Brunswick Heads

I would just like to thank everyone for your loving messages of congratulations. It was overwhelming to be nominated and to become the 2021 Byron Citizen of the Year. Thank you everyone. It was so unexpected, but it feels fabulous to be recognised and honoured by the community. I also want to honour the other nominees for their community work.

I trust it will encourage people to do the work they believe in, to stand up for the causes they believe in, to be unconventional, to be queer and visible, and to learn so many rich life lessons to become the very best people we can be, with all our imperfections. To not be afraid. 

It’s been an incredible experience to live this one wild and precious life, to have been an unruly, outspoken feminist and dyke. To somehow, slowly to have become an easily accessible community resource, to stand strongly for women’s issues, and to protest against violence on women and children. To create and present the V Day flashmob and the Vagina Conversations, and encourage the word vagina to be in more common usage. To stand up openly for LGBTIQ issues, equal human rights and marriage equality. To have made dying, death, and loss a more familiar, and easier to bear experience. To dive deep into death, ceremony and our rites of passage with so many courageous and capable people. To marry over 2,500 couples, to have had so much fun doing it, to have met such incredible people, to love and be loved. I feel so fortunate.

So, to all of us living, working, and volunteering to make ourselves, our friends, our families, our communities and our worlds more holistic, concerned, connected and kind – never give up. Every little action, every loud noisy protest, every debate counts. We really do need to be the change we want to see.


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