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Pre-Accelerator program on offer

Those seeking to start a business, or with an early-stage business are encouraged to apply for one of four subsidised program places through the Sourdough Business Pathways Pre-Accelerator Program.

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Tackling cane toads on the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council has put in place a plan to deal with the cane toad population in the area. Along with the not-for-profit organisation Watergum, Tweed Shire has launched a project for collecting toads that will begin in October.

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Vale Aunty Dulcie Nicholls 21.10.29 – 19.09.21

There is deep sadness in the community at the passing of Arakwal elder and matriarch, Dulcie Joan Nicholls, nee Kay, who was a proud Bundjalung woman born on Country at Tallow Creek, Byron Bay, October 21, 1929.

Compost back on Lismore’s gardening menu

Lismore City Council says that their BIOCycle Compost is again on sale from the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and Nimbin Transfer Station, after a two-year break.

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads

What ‘vibe’ Mandy (Soapbox, 13 January) is underpinning your fury? The ‘vibe’ of nostalgia or the realty ‘vibe’ so well marketed by ‘Destination Byron’?

If the changes in Byron Bay are indicative of the ‘vibe’, then let’s deconstruct it: traffic gridlock, potholes that eat tyres, a sewerage system that’s struggling, tourists whose behaviour warrants the Tactical Response Team, and developers who have demonstrated no moral or social compass. I won’t even comment on the ‘colour’ of the current Council’s decisions when it comes to developers versus environment and heritage!

The tsunami of increases in realty prices will continue to be powered by the financial institutions. There is no notion of social justice or conscience in their manifesto and shareholders are not going to inject any of that into the business of banking! So, delete ‘kindness, compassion.’

Australia’s bankers are not interested in what is happening on the ground in relation to their economic cleansing of any community. Their focus is the mortgage market, and with Australians addicted to real estate, the banks’ balance sheets have over 60 per cent of assets tied up in those loans. With cheap credit, banks in Australia are accumulating assets on their balance sheets and household debt is the highest in the world. The homeless and disadvantaged are just flotsam.

There is a deliberate agenda by the global banks, the overwhelming majority of which are privately owned, to keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future. Australia’s financial institutions are intimately connected to that group and their ‘recommendations’ on monetary policy. It’s called deregulation and globalisation! Credit is cheap and it’s generating a massive transfer of wealth. The World Bank reported that the one per cent of the richest people on the planet increased the value of their asset holdings 25 per cent in 2019! And it’s continuing both globally and nationally!

The real estate market, including that in Byron Shire is inflated, while people, probably including the recent $60m purchaser are offloading currency and buying up property.

As for the wealthy, Mandy, there is scant chance of them putting anything towards ‘social responsibility’. They probably don’t pay taxes and feel no obligation to do so.

 


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