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September 22, 2021

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Other News

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.

Are developers threatening court action over controversial Iron Gates development?

Using the Land and Environment Court (L&EC) to exclude effective public dialogue on development appears to, once again, be being used to drive forward development in the Northern Rivers.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

The IMF (US controlled, unelected) offered governments $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights, to buffer losses caused by economic...

Asren Pugh, Labor candidate for Mayor

Labor has a very long and proud history as part of the Byron Shire community with the Byron Bay branch recently celebrating its 100th anniversary. We have seen this community change from farming, to working class industrial, then through the Aquarius revolution to the beautiful, kind and progressive community it is today.

It was Labor that created all of our local National Parks and Nature Reserves, from Tyagarah to Cumbebin Swamp to Arakwal National Park.

Sandra Heilpern asks what Labor has to do with local government.

It has been Labor councillor, Paul Spooner, who has driven the Community Land Trust model to help housing affordability and the need to use some of our rail corridor for emergency small housing. It is Labor councillor, Jan Hackett, who has championed the arts and the protection of our beaches while on Council. Right now there are more Labor councillors on Byron Shire Council than Greens members.

We need a Council that works, that better engages with and is responsive to the community. We need to be taken seriously by state and federal governments so that we can get our fair share of infrastructure funding for roads, parks and paths.

Our community is under enormous pressure from tourism and housing stress. It is time to start actually doing things. Let’s get Labor’s plan for a Community Land Trust happening on lot 22 and the Mullum hospital site. Let’s build the bike and walking paths within and between our towns. Let’s reform Council so that it starts delivering and working for us as a community.

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  1. ” Right now there are more Labor councillors on Byron Shire Council than Greens members “.

    Correct. That is the accurate section of the above statement . It also sums up the problems with BOTH the fractured Greens and dismal Labor Party .

    The ALP really do not have any original policies . No track record of achievements either , in spite of what is stated above. They have merely tagged on to the policies of other more experienced Councillors .

    If the ALP will genuinely serious , why would they put up a candidate like Asren Pugh for Mayor ? Just for practice, one must assume ,because he has no hope of being elected Mayor .

    However , he is getting good experience at standing in Elections and this stepping stone should help him in the future , somewhere else .

    Formal political parties should have NO involvement in Local Government. Their candidates are beholding to a party structure that is operated by whom , exactly ,
    just look at the Greens.

    Vote for Independents in this Election in December. Independents answer only to the Voters !

  2. Most people probably don’t necessarily disagree, at least in principle with the Greens stand on many environmental issues, in most cases public anger erupts when the public is severely inconvenienced by often ideological and meaningless protests. Greens MPs. can openly back this irresponsible behaviour because they’re not part of either a responsible Govt. or a Credible opposition trying to become a Govt. and therefore suffer no consequences at the ballot box, in the real world.
    The Byron bypass is a classic example; ever since the 1970s. the roads around Byron and particularly in Byron, have been a nightmare for congestion at holiday times, with barely any major road infrastructure projects undertaken until pork barrelling Ben Franklin offered $20 mill. To build the bypass. The howls of opposition started immediately, and the project became forever embroiled in legal battles and protests to stop it, incredibly even the local Greens MP. (Tamara) opposed it. Was it any surprise that Ben, who never misses an opportunity to snub Tamara, didn’t invite her to the opening? As Asren Pugh states; there are now more Labor Councillors in Byron Council than Greens, and the Carr Labor Govt. has established more National Parks in NSW. than the Greens could in an eternity. In December it’s probably a good idea to keep Labor in majority.


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

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Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.