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May 20, 2024

Response to Ian Cohen and Paul Jones

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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

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Baby, it’s chilly outside

Three Lords and the Byron Theatre are presenting a special performance of the 1983 classic film The Big Chill on Saturday, May 26. The show includes a concert performance of the soundtrack by The Byron Theatre Orchestra, along with food trucks, cocktails and perhaps the odd bit of audience participation.

Byron Shire tops NSW for homelessness

The latest data from the NSW government’s 2024 Street Count has revealed a stark and troubling reality for Byron Shire, which now accounts for the largest number of rough sleepers in NSW. This highlights the urgent need for support for local homeless services like the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre, Fletcher Street Cottage and other homeless services like Liberation Larder.

Bev knows how to make a boob of herself

Some women make you feel good about yourself right to your marrow. Bev Killick is one of those women. She’s not a cutesy storyteller, she’s our Phyllis Diller, a graduate of the bold and brassy school of stand-up, delivering a non-stop energetic set every time. As soon as she blasts her way on stage, you know you’re in for a treat.

The Toad, the Whale and the Sun

Filmmaker and environmental activist Dean Jefferys will be hosting the world premiere of his epic feature documentary The Toad, the Whale and the Sun, at the Byron Community Centre on Friday, 31 May at 5pm and again at 8pm, with a panel discussion and Q+A after both screenings.

Appeal to locate woman missing from Rosebank

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from Rosebank.

Feudalism alive

The increasingly restrictive parking at New Brighton shows feudalism is alive and well. It is understandable – wanting to protect...

I am proud to be running as Labor’s mayoral candidate for Byron Shire, with a great team that comes from every part of our community. Our local Labor branch has been in Byron Bay for 100 years. We know this place, we love this place and will (and do) fight hard for this place.

Ian Cohen, Paul Jones and the Greens Party have again resorted to tired old tropes about the Labor party when, after 18 years of Greens Party mayors, our local Council still has 68 per cent of its financial investments in fossil fuels. This is a total failure of responsible governance. Labor-led Councils in the Inner West and Newcastle have led the way in actually divesting from fossil fuels.

It is too easy to criticise, it is easy to just say ‘no’, it is easy to protest. It is harder to govern effectively. It is harder to do the real work of coming up with solutions to difficult problems. It is harder to bring together people from different backgrounds and opinions and forge a consensus.

This hard work is what our Labor team will bring to the table. We must grasp our future is in our hands, or else others will make decisions for us. Whining from the sidelines will not achieve what our community needs.


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