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January 20, 2022

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Disaster prevention pledge welcomed

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.

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The Lord and that ‘dance’

Two things happened during the last week that perfectly illustrate the federal government’s position on religious discrimination in Australia.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Emergency response for our emergency responders

We need our nurses. Right now, they are the most important workforce in the country. Not politicians or real estate agents or tradies or miners. Nurses. Paramedics. Hospital doctors.

Vale Craig Ruddy, passionate artist

Internationally acclaimed Archibald prize-winning artist, and revered icon of the Shire, Craig Ruddy, died suddenly last week, leaving a community in shock and mourning.

Lismore Women’s Festival cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that is sweeping NSW and other states in Australia the Lismore Women’s Festival has been cancelled.

Discourse

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What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

Geoffrey Cotton, Clunes

Byron Councillors must be congratulated on their newfound concern to protect high-value agricultural land from inappropriate non-farm uses, especially those resulting in residential spread and events-based activities (May 19).

Let’s hope our councillors maintain their new stance beyond the forthcoming elections, and extend it to the creeping cancer that is inappropriate Multiple Occupancy (MO) and Community Title (CT) development.

These same Councillors (except Crs Coorey and Cameron) rubber-stamped the approval of a ‘fake news’ MO development on a working macadamia farm at 147 Federal Drive, Eureka just two years ago. And yes, opponents made it quite clear to these councillors that the proposed MO would alienate a large area of state-significant farmland, contravening then-existing State and Council strategies and policies.

This welcome zeal to protect farmland appears not to have filtered down into the planning decisions made recently by Council staff. Just two months ago, Council’s planning staff approved the conversion of this same approved (but never built) ‘fake news’ MO development at 149 Federal Drive, Eureka, to Community Title.

This latest planning approval will see the development of an additional 14 residential lots on the existing macadamia farm, and (if Council enforces its own relevant planning requirements relating to buffer zones, which it seems unwilling to do) will likely result in up to 70 hectares being removed from high-value commercial agricultural production forever. How’s that for ‘protecting farmland’?

Is it asking too much to expect councillors and Council staff to act consistently, and to act in accordance with state and local requirements? Think about this when voting for change in September.


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  1. Worth noting that quite a lot of the people you’re referring to aren’t running this time. It’ll be widely a bunch of fresh faces.

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