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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Bangalow Bowlo amalgamation update

Managers of The Bangalow Bowlo say the community witnessed a ‘nail-biting cliff-hanger moment’ late last year, when a 66 per cent ‘Yes’ vote among members paved the way for amalgamation between Bangalow Bowlo, and Norths Collective’

Long COVID may deal “lifelong disability” if no action taken says new research

Review finds long COVID effects major systems similar to chronic fatigue syndrome, POTS and other disorders.

Unapproved cabin stop order upheld

The NSW Land & Environment Court has upheld Byron Council’s decision to order a local landowner to stop renting out a 40-year-old rural cabin in Middle Pocket because it was an unapproved dwelling.

Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

NSW Greens commit to Truth and Treaty to mark 235 years since invasion

The Greens have announced their plans for Truth-telling, Treaty and dedicated seats in both houses of the NSW Parliament ahead of the 235th anniversary of British invasion in NSW. 

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia

Five years ago, a special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound industry found ‘damning evidence of the unnecessary slaughtering of tens of thousands of healthy dogs’.

The NSW government did the only ethical thing and banned the industry, but subsequently backflipped, with the premier reporting that the community had asked ‘Why did you not give the industry one last chance?’.

Well, how did that ‘one last chance’ go?

The statistics, from the industry itself, are damning. Stewards’ reports show that almost 50 per cent more greyhounds died in the first half of 2021 than in the same period in 2020. These figures do not include dogs who suffered serious injuries leading to euthanasia later, or those killed during trials.

There were more than 1,500 injuries in that period, an increase of 12 per cent. Many injured dogs are unable to return to racing, and their fate is undocumented.

I have two rescue greyhounds in my family – they are gentle dogs who want nothing more than to snuggle and spend time with their people and be included in their families. Instead, the racing industry treats them like machines. Many are ‘discarded’ as puppies in the name of ‘selective breeding’. Others are shot, bludgeoned to death or simply abandoned to fend for themselves when they’re deemed too old, injured, slow or exhausted to continue racing profitably.

The NSW government has poured over sixty million dollars into this industry since 2017, but the abuse and suffering just gets worse. The people of NSW deserve better than to see their tax money wasted on propping up a cruel and immoral industry, and the dogs certainly deserve better than to be used and abused and then discarded like old betting slips. It’s time to ban greyhound racing for good.

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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.