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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Leila’s off to Oxford!

Local high school student, Leila Clarke, was scrolling through social media when the advertisement popped up.

One from the Heart bringing people together

With a lineup including Grinspoon, Lime Cordiale, Paul and Dan Kelly, Sheppard, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, Lismore's One from the Heart concert went ahead yesterday in patchy weather and mud, mud and more mud.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Opinion: It’s time to kick Morrison out

'Grifters come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of background. This one is used to skipping just a step ahead of impending disaster and exposure. Many times in marketing and politics, which he sees as identical pursuits, his nimble lies have saved his career.' 

Creating homelessness

Having lived for 80 years on Argyle Street with a history of family living from number 1 to number...

Sculpture distilled at Husk

The inaugural outdoor exhibition, Sculpture Distilled, opens this week at Husk Farm Distillery and promises the opportunity to get...

At the meeting held at Ocean Shores Country Club organised by OSCA to discuss the flooding issue in the North of Byron Shire, it was revealed that the 2021 budget for stormwater was $350,000 but only $94,000 had been spent. Mayor Lyon has given a commitment to finding out what has happened here. 

This should be of concern to all the elected Council – why did not the Director of Infrastructure pick up on this non-expenditure or the General Manager?

This should raise some very serious questions as to how money is being spent by Council departments and what checks are in place?

The problem exists that directors are able to say an expenditure comes out of an operational budget, and therefore when asked no explanation needs to be given.

This was evident after the 2005 augmentation of the West Byron Waste Water Treatment Plant (WBWWTP) when substantial changes were made to the constructed wetlands. When the then Director of Water & Recycling (W&R) was reportedly asked by two councillors what the changes to the constructed wetlands cost, they were told that the money came out of the operational budget so they did not need to know. The question is: who actually knows the amount that was spent? The original tender for the augmentation of WBWWTP was twenty-two million dollars but after various claims by the John Holland Group the final figure was $29 million dollars, so the cost of the changes to the constructed wetlands became a significant budget issue but the Director of W&R was able to not disclose it.

The inflow infiltration investigation has gone to over one million dollars per year, when originally only $500,000 was put by W&R to the Water Waste & Sewer Advisory Committee (WW&SAC) for their recommendation to the elected Council who endorsed the committee’s recommendation. This still has over a year to run, so is that million dollars plus on top of the $500,000? Did the committee or the elected Council endorse this? What improvements to the infrastructure and its performance have been shown to justify this expenditure?

Alan Dickens, Ballina

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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.