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#Bigbadbiomass rally at Condong sugar mill

Around 50 people gathered on Friday morning at the big fig tree near the Condong sugar mill to join the world-wide #Bigbadbiomass protest against the use of biomass to create energy and to emphasise that burning biomass is not ‘environmentally friendly’.

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Biz smashed by new COVID-19 regime

It was proudly trumpeted as ‘Freedom Day’ by the State Government. But for much of the local business community in the Northern Rivers region, October 11 was anything but.

Poison killing wildlife

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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

New freedom party, not Greens

I write with dismay but not surprise at the article ‘Local Greens MP Urges Vaccination.’ As a very Active ex-member...

Slanted and bulldozed

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Love Island takes over Federal – time to test the law?

The NSW government legislation has provided a permit for screen filming on private land in NSW without any Council oversight or accountability. This has led to Federal Village currently being overrun by the ITV film company.

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores

I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful six-month search for accommodation had resulted in a cute, slightly jaded cottage for her and the three kids. In need of repair, and left forgotten and empty for 12 months, it had gone unnoticed until her imminent homelessness was resolved by a compassionate realtor. 

Compassion is not a word one normally associates with such a profession, but somebody helped save this family from being another statistic in our homeless population. Thank you, compassionate realtor!

I’ve felt the anguish, the stress, and sadness this young mother has had to endure to keep a roof over the head of her family. Housing should be within every working person’s reach, but sadly no, with today’s lack of affordable rentals.

Greedy landlords look for ways to evict tenants, their eyes glittering $$ as they raise rents way above the reach of local people who play a part in the upkeep of our community. They’re part of the infrastructure of a thriving, healthy society.

My friend’s landlord wanted to terminate her lease early, she said she needed to renovate and sell – but it took nearly six months of harassment by the landlord, and a looming tribunal, before the previous tenants would leave. 

By chance, the removalist was the same guy who’d moved the previous tenant. He’d moved her in, and then out, before her lease was up, for the same reason – ‘to renovate and sell’. 

Does this sound like a ruse to evict tenants who have a lease in place? I’m not clear on the legality, but it sounds suspect.

You’d imagine the move to a new place would be a celebration of new beginnings, but relentless demands by the previous landlord had us returning time and again to clean the most minuscule things. We resorted to cleaning door and window tracks with cotton buds because she could see some dirt. We went over and over the house making sure it was spotless. This landlord played cat and mouse, each time requesting something else be done. She will not release the bond until all her demands are met. And now she insists we must engage a window cleaner!

Is this person so annoyed she lost in the tribunal outcome she must inflict the maximum pressure on someone in less fortunate circumstances? What sort of community are we creating when wealth is so ugly it treats those less fortunate with such disdain?

And yes, she’s allowed to claim cleaning expenses, but her relentless pursuit to remove and persecute this family are beyond reasonable. I might add that the realtor in this instance deserves mention as being complicit in this, acting as the landlord’s enforcer.

I’m fortunate to live in my own house, but may my own good fortune not make me immune to the plight of others. I am all too aware that fortunes come and fortunes go, and times change just as easily. 

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