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February 8, 2023

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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Allergic reaction from wasp sting tasks WRHS

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service reports that at around 9.30 this morning, they were tasked by New South Wales Ambulance on a primary mission to a property at Tyalgum Creek, west of Murwillumbah.

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

The elusive ‘Drop of the Desert’ cocktail

Simon Haslam What does it take to produce the winning cocktail in a competition held in Byron in the middle...

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

Sydney’s hottest men in their brand-new show – live on stage at Mullum Ex-services

Welcome to the best hen’s night, bachelorette party or ultimate Girls’ night out. Get frocked up and come out for a girl’s night out, with strippers from London, Vegas, Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney. The current Sydney Hotshots show includes some of the sexiest men on stage.

Tweed Council extends its dogs-on-leash program

Tweed Shire Council is extending its Take the Lead program which aims to reduce the number of dogs off-leash in high conservation value areas and other public places in the Tweed.

What will changes to the cyber security laws mean for you?

Proposed federal cyber laws, if passed, would pose ‘significant risks’ around the rule of law doctrine and the separation of powers, says Law Council of Australia president, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC.

The legal advocacy group says the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 will ‘fundamentally alter Australia’s criminal intelligence framework, and potentially reach into and disrupt the lives of innocent bystanders’.

Dr Brasch says, ‘In its current form, one of the warrants in the bill would enable the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and/or the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to disrupt data that may be used in criminal activity, with a maximum penalty of three or more years’ imprisonment’.

‘An example of which may include enabling the disruption of entire computer networks, such as those used by people to organise activities or protests relating to pandemic lockdowns and which may breach public health directions’.

‘These warrants can also be accompanied by compulsory assistance orders, which can require any person to provide information or assistance to the AFP or ACIC, with a potential penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for non-compliance.

‘This is in direct conflict with a key recommendation of the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community (Richardson Review) released last year, which recommended that law enforcement agencies should not be given the specific cyber-disruption powers as proposed by this bill.

‘The Law Council is concerned that a lack of evidence has been provided to show why the AFP and the ACIC require these powers’.

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  1. Right… so the ‘land from down under’ is to be turned into a Communist state. Well done I don’t think.

  2. Now – I’d like to know why the PM’s department’s paused its review on Brittany Higgins’. It’s
    believed that ScoMo’s known about the rape far longer than most. Not good enough. Another
    ‘hush up’?

  3. So… finally we know what real ‘straw dogs’ look like thanks to Channel 10s early news tonight.
    Trust that PM & his pack – sure you can! Now, how many rapes took place in the ‘house that
    governs this land’ is unknown. Talk about a ‘party-pack’ for the boys of the LNP. What a load
    of dead-head-dongers we’ve employed. Sack the lot.


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Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.