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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

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Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

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Coal shame for Queensland and Australian

Local Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes took action this morning against the continued development of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.

Govt delays action on holiday letting

The desperately-needed 90-day cap on un-hosted holiday letting promised to Byron locals by the State Government has become ensnared in a web of departmental obstructions and delays.

Telling girls they don’t like STEM halves their involvement at any age

Even children as young as six can develop ideas that girls don’t like computer science and engineering as much as boys – stereotypes that carry over into teenagerhood and contribute to gender gaps at university, according to a study published in PNAS.

Filmmaker Max Stahl died in Sydney a few days ago. It was due to his extreme bravery that film of the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre and many others came to world attention. Northern Rivers’ locals, Russell Anderson and Saskia Kouenberg, accompanied him.

When the 1999 Popular Consultation ended on 1 August, I was a voluntary UN District Electoral Officer busily sealing ballot boxes when CIVPOL suddenly arrived telling us there was going to be a bloodbath and we had to get out by helicopter ASAP. The promises we had made to the East Timorese people prior to the independence vote, that come what may the UN would stay, were instantly forgotten.

Our translator, Paulino, cried out that they were all going to be murdered. To my dying shame I climbed aboard that helicopter which took us to Baucau. From there we were flown to Darwin, but Max stayed on and filmed the ongoing butchery and the wholesale burning of villages. RIP (Rise In Protest) Max!

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay


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