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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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The year 2000

I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so...

Bioenergy facility

Council continued to downplay the noise from trucks associated with the proposed bioenergy plant in last week’s Echo. This is...

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

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.’

Why are there so many vaccinated people in hospital?

It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospital – but it’s actually a good thing.

Pizzaholic love

Over the past 18 years at Earth ‘n’ Sea Pizza, Denise and David have always appreciated the support from...

R Poole, Lismore

Hometown recognition is important. When a Lismore-based netball team or football club wins a grand final there’s a celebration. Their sports association or club holds an official event to mark the occasion and give credit to the team’s talent and dedication.

Likewise, each year, Lismore’s Chamber of Commerce (LCCI) stages an awards night where local businesses are recognised for their success and contribution to the region’s prosperity.

Yet no such process occurs in Lismore’s arts community. When local artists are included in mayoral, national, or international events, or win significant awards at these events, there’s no acknowledgement of the fact by local arts organisations – not even a phone call or email of congratulations!

How come? Why doesn’t Arts Northern Rivers reach out to or contact successful local artists? Aside from giving due recognition to the individuals involved, wouldn’t highlighting the success of local artists help bolster the creative profile of the region? Wouldn’t it benefit the local arts community to know it’s possible to live and work in a rural setting, yet still achieve notice elsewhere?

How supportive or engaged is Arts Northern Rivers really? And who are they accountable to in the quality of service they deliver (or not) to our community?

Unless artists speak up, how can this scenario change? All successful locals deserve recognition, including artists, and it would be nice if Lismore’s official ‘peak’ arts organisation was interested enough to at least say ‘Good on ya mate!’.


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