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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

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Local skateboarders ready for Ballina contest and NCAS tryouts

The Fair Go skate competition will take place at the Ballina Skate Park from this Friday March 31 and...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A fluid God

Why is the ultra-right targeting trans kids? Opportunistic neo-Nazis are using transphobia as their PR exercise. Like abortion, trans issues, and in particular issues around schools and the rights of trans kids, are emotionally charged. For those who have chosen bigotry and fear over acceptance and inclusion, polarised viewpoints create ignition points for hate and violence.

Women of song at The Con

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium (The Con), in association with Musica Viva Australia, is pleased to present a special event in its Concert Room on Friday 28 April – Women of Song.  This innovative new show developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd of Mission Songs Project includes themes of intergenerational practices, singing on, and from, Country, commitment to community, and preserving knowledge in song. It’s an intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture, a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs exploring the modern-day practice and living heart of the world’s oldest living culture.

Call for Labor government to reinstate logging moratorium – now

North East Forest Alliance’s Dailan Pugh has pointed out that a Minns NSW Labor government has given no commitment to quick and decisive action on behalf of our forests – but we need action 'now' he says.

Arson Squad extradite a man from Qld over alleged arson attack – Casino

Arson Squad detectives have extradited a man from Queensland and charged him over an alleged arson attack in the state’s Far North Coast earlier this month.

NEFA welcomes the election of a new government

The North East Forest Alliance welcomes the election of the Minns Labor government with their promise to create a Great Koala National Park, and calls for a moratorium on logging within the park proposal until the promised assessment is complete.

Alan Veacock and Therese Crollick, Presidents Ballina ALP and Alstonville ALP

Ballina has finally made it to the COVID-delayed local government elections, with popular mayor David Wright and a number of councillors all vying for the top job, including longstanding campaigner for Richmond River rehabilitation Cr Keith Williams. Many residents are of the opinion that party politics have no place in local government, but realistically there has always been party politics in local government; it’s just harder to spot.

Many councillors are closely affiliated with political parties but hide behind the veil of being ‘independents. It’s not hard to spot them at state and federal elections handing out how-to-vote forms for their respective parties; even our ‘independent’ mayor David Wright was openly supporting aspiring Ballina Nationals candidate Ben Franklin at the last state election.

And so it’s not surprising to finally see that a great team of candidates led by Cr Keith Williams, who together with Col Riches, Leonie Price, and Therese Crollick have decided to be honest and up-front, drop the ‘independent’ tag and run for council under an official Australian Labor Party ticket. It is close to a first for Ballina, but not the North Coast. Tweed Heads, Lismore, and Byron Bay have had politically endorsed mayors and councillors for years. The most important thing is that they diligently serve their communities.

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  1. Cr. Keith Williams has been a long time campaigner for serious rehabilitation work on our very badly degraded Richmond River. During his tenure of chairmanship of Rous County Council, Keith has, with very limited funding and resources, and along with great community organizations, achieved some very positive outcomes for our struggling river. The Richmond river is running out of time, fish stocks are now only a fraction of what they once were, most aquaculture is now almost untenable and as a result, Ballina’s economy has been suffering for years. The election of a Labor team for Ballina can only be a positive, especially if the State Labor Party can oust the corruption riddled and increasingly unpopular Berejiklian Govt. at the next election, that would then free up some badly needed funds for major river rehabilitation work. Col Riches, Leonie Price and Therese Crollick have been actively involved in many community organizations for many years and would bring some much needed and balanced input for our Council.

  2. I asked David Wright at the polling booth during the state election, and he explained that he his decision to support David Wright was explicitly related to what he saw would best benifit Ballina. He was not distributing how to vote cards for the Nationals and told me he had on other occasions not supported Nationald candidates.
    It is pleasing to read Kieth Williams is running again. We are lucky to have candidates of Keith’s -and David’s ability.

  3. Peter, I’m sorry to blow your assertion up but I spent two weeks of pre-poll, and all election day there, handing out how to vote cards for another political party, David turned up numerous times and I was standing right beside him and Ben Franklin, chatting to both of them, (as everyone does at those places), and he was handing out for the Nationals all the time. It’s no crime, but for David, it was a bridge too far to actually feature in a National Party add with Ben Franklin and then claim to be an independent; he is a nice fellow though, and been a great Mayor.


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