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Taqueria in Byron celebrates four years

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Community members needed for health advisory groups

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join health advisory groups.

First Nations place-names under Ballina council spotlight

Greater efforts at reconciliation with First Nations people in the Ballina Shire when it comes to place-names is to happen after furious agreement at June’s council meeting.

Attempt to manage Byron’s fragile coastline impeded by State Government, report finds

Insufficient funding and guidance from the State Government is inhibiting Byron Council's attempt to effectively manage its famous but fragile coastline, a Council report has revealed.

Main Arm Upper school are excited to be going ‘back to school’

It has been hard for many young people as they have managed the impacts of COVID over the last few years but for students at Main Arm Upper Public School the flood has meant they've been out of their school for almost half a year.

Two confirmed cases of diphtheria in northern NSW

On Saturday evening the North Coast Public Health Unit confirmed that there was a case of diphtheria in a two-year-old child in Northern NSW.

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Bruce Kent (22.8.29–8.6.22)  was one of the greatest compassionate advocates for disarmament and humanity:

• General Secretary 1980–85 CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), Chair 1987–1990 and then held the honorary title of Vice President

• Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

• Vice President Pax Christi

• Emeritus President of the Movement for the Abolition of War

• Actively concerned for prisoners welfare and prison reform

• More recently, took part in the annual ceremony, London, to honour conscientious objectors throughout the world.

We were enormously privileged to work alongside Bruce Kent whilst volunteering in the CND offices in the ’80s. We marched with him on a very cold and wet Easter weekend to RAF Molesworth, Cambridgeshire, one of the sites for the many cruise missiles to be placed around Britain and Europe.

We were fortunate enough to have Bruce, as a guest speaker at the Richmond Air Base, Sydney October ’87, while a large gathering assembled in Alice Springs to highlight the use of Pine Gap in the USA’s nuclear strategy.

Bruce would have been truly elated with the achievements that ICAN has made in the last few years. All Central American nations now have ratified the TPNW, Guatemala being the latest. There are now 62 countries worldwide, and we wait in anticipation for our new PM, to do likewise.

Deborah & Mick Stacey, Ballina

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