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June 25, 2021

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Tweed still waiting for action on shark safety

Frustration at the lack of action in relation to sharks and beach user safety in Tweed Shire is clear as Council wait for the state government to follow through on their shark mitigation strategies.

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Lismore residents alarmed by subdivision DA adjoining Wilson Nature Reserve

A proposal for twelve new lots in the buffer zone between Wilson Nature Reserve and existing houses on City View Drive, East Lismore, has local residents worried.

Another roadblock for major Kingscliff development?

Tweed Council clarifies that the Kingscliff DA for a haulage road that will allow '90,000 truck and trailer movements' to bring in fill from the M1 upgrade does not actually allow the developers to use the proposed fill at the site – developers disagree.

Vaccine passports

David Warth, Byron Bay Vaccine passports, aka certificates, are now sitting in the wings waiting to be taken up by state...

Acting Prime Ministers

Last week, Acting PM Michael McCormack managed the tricky feat of making the absent Scott Morrison look good, at least by comparison. Perhaps that's now the Nationals' role in the Canberra circus?

MusicNSW appoints Nino for regional representation

MusicNSW is endeavouring to support regional music and musicians by appointing seven Regional Music Officers (RMOs) across the state.

Mental health workshop for girls in Lennox

The mental health organisation Beautiful Minds is holding a one day workshop for pre-teen girls in Lennox Head on Sunday 27 June 2021.

Dan Reade, Ocean Shores

Mandy Nolan’s ‘Soapbox’ claim that schools have remained unchanged for the last 200 years, seems only informed by her own personal experiences. I would like to suggest that she visits some local schools to actually see what has changed over recent years, let alone the last 200 years.

Of course she will still see some disaffected and disengaged students, but she may also see many content and engaged students, succeeding and wanting to be there. Schools strive to extend engagement for students, tackle discrimination, bullying, sexism and racism, but these behaviours are deeply rooted outside school also.

Mandy’s comments are offensive to those who work tirelessly and passionately to improve outcomes, engagement, safety and achievement in schools, whilst always being constrained by government policy, curriculum and gross under-funding.

Working in a local high school, I saw all the things that Mandy calls for – community learning, personalised learning, nature studies, life-skills, cooking, growing food, animal care, water conservation, making fire, Indigenous cultural education, environmental improvement and waste reduction, amongst many other activities beyond the government-endorsed curriculum.

Mandy, and other school sceptics, please go and have a look; look with fresh eyes and you may be surprised. You may even be able to report on some positive things happening in our schools!


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