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December 3, 2022


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In Byron Shire and beyond, we have a regular, convenient and reliable public transport system moving thousands of commuters...

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Education shaping up to be a key battleground in NSW election

There is a teacher shortage and both the NSW Greens and Labor are focussing their efforts on highlighting the situation the NSW public education system is in as they campaign for the next NSW election. 

A festival for film BUFFs

Building upon last year’s electric event, the Byron Underground Film Festival (BUFF) returns to shake things up, expand the...

Fostering local writing talent

Since 2001, the Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship has been inspiring writers on the path to publication. This year saw four writers spend a week in Possum Creek being mentored by Walkley Award-winning journalist and author, Sarah Armstrong.

Flogging a petition

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Climate change a threat to local Gondwana rainforest mountain frogs

A new Southern Cross University study predicts that two species of mountain frogs located on the NSW/Queensland border are on track to be extinct by 2055.

Locals protest pollution to air and farming of Casino incinerator

Toxic air pollution is what Northern Rivers residents will get if the incinerator that has been touted for the Richmond Valley Jobs Precinct in Casino goes ahead say locals who protested the incinerator on Saturday. 

Tom Tabart, Former Byron Greens councillor

It seems that I may have touched a nerve in my attempt to give some background to Byron Greens history and the essential Fast Buck$ and his long history of campaigning.

Sarah Ndiaye’s prolixity has surpassed even that of her mentor, Simon Richardson. A long scatty tirade augmented by another through the auspices of Cr Martin and the promise of more to come this week.

Egad, Carruthers, pass my tin hat!

I would not attempt to engage with the detail of Sarah’s version of past events, merely observing that ‘she would say that wouldn’t she?’.

I would rather rely on my record on the Barham council, which was the last to seriously try to hold the line against rampant development and control staff behaviour – some may remember?

Buck$ was a trenchant critic of Jan for all this period, but we managed to survive without utilising the police in any context. I think Buck$ came to appreciate Jan after he experienced the new order.

I was once described as ‘riding shotgun’ for Jan over two Council terms, hardly the behaviour of the embittered misogynist Sarah would have you believe.

I admit that watching the switch to ‘don’t rock the boat’ and the ‘GM is my best mate’ stance has been galling for many of us who fought long and hard to preserve the social and environmental ecology of Byron. As Simon’s chosen protégé with little history, Sarah would not understand this.

Most of the preselected Greens for the coming election are experienced and knowledgeable, and although they are constrained from speaking out, it is my understanding that they are deeply uneasy that Sarah, the remnant of a very problematic ‘Greens’ administration, has managed to advance to a winning position over better-credentialed candidates.

I hope the [Byron] Greens get back in some strength in September, the Shire needs them. If Cr Ndiaye is among them you can look forward to division and more ill-judged decisions, possibly another phallic sculpture rising in the middle of Ewingsdale Road.

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