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September 23, 2021


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Tweed Council says ‘No’ to State government taking their developer income

The proposal to reduce the ability of local councils to collect money from developers to support their infrastructure by the NSW State government has been rejected by Tweed Shire Council.

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Nuclear-powered subs? Dr Caldicott speaks

‘America has 18 Trident submarines, powered by highly enriched Uranium 235, which can be used as fuel for nuclear weapons. Each sub carries 24 missiles, each one is armed with eight hydrogen bombs – 30 times the killing power of one Hiroshima bomb. That’s enough subs to produce nuclear winter and end life on Earth.’

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.

Champion a cause

Delighted to read Dan Reade’s letter (September 1) calling for everyone to take a new cause to champion. I...

10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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.

A matter of choice

I have chosen to receive a vaccination. Others have chosen not to. Unless we are living in some totalitarian state, that...

Marie Sherd, Mullumbimby

I am not a local – I’ve only lived here since 1972. As one of the ‘alternatives’ I know we freaked out the locals when we arrived, but over time but we got along just fine – eventually.

We built our houses and started businesses that helped the ailing economy thrive. We enjoyed our combined community events like the Gymkhanas and Chincogan Fiestas.

For some time now I have thought we are so lucky to be living here while COVID rages worldwide, but now I’m not so sure. This morning I had to go uptown and it was disturbing to see so many unmasked people around. Particularly as the COVID updates on ABC now have representatives from the frontline workers citing their experiences.

The paramedics who have to wear uncomfortable PPE (personal protection equipment) all through their shifts to go into homes where parents are struggling to breathe and their kids may not have anyone to care for them. Ambulances queued up at hospitals because the systems are getting overloaded with COVID patients – so many of them unvaccinated.

The ICU nurses who also have to wear uncomfortable PPE all through their shifts and go one-on-one with patients, and take care of all their bodily needs because there’s nothing they can do for themselves except keep up the struggle to breathe. And ICU nurses hold patients’ hands while they die.

These people risk their lives to care for COVID patients and then they have to go home to their own families and I can’t imagine the lengths they go to to decontaminate themselves. These amazing people are pleading with us to wear masks and get vaccinated. No one is immune from this dreadful disease, and it will continue to mutate and live on.

I know everyone has the right to exercise their free will, but in these extraordinary times one should consider the welfare of everyone and not be so bloody selfish. A disease like this rampages through populations, and the easiest precaution to take is to wear a fucking mask and get vaccinated.

You’d be doing all those frontline paramedics, nurses and doctors a huge favour. They’re the ones who’ll be looking out for you when you might be taking your last breath.

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  1. Is it worth loosing civilization to stop Covid, because that seems likely to occur over the coming years.
    A small part of the loss of civilization would be the military invasion of this country, by another country.
    Military strength depends on industrial strength and when industry is deliberately destroyed, then military capacity is lost.
    Covid would end overnight, if the politicians stopped getting involved and left it to patients and their individual doctors.
    Globally, deaths from Covid policies, will be many, many times higher, than deaths from Covid.
    Why do you laugh when the WEF says, in 7 years you will own nothing? And that includes not owning any land, or even a car.


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A matter of choice

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