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Self-defence explained

For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however...

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Broken Head Quarry development plan rears its head once again

Long-dormant plans to turn the former Broken Head Quarry site into a residential development have lumbered out of the bush like a bewildered dinosaur.

A tribute to Brunswick Heads locals 

In a world saturated with carefully curated images geared toward personal brand building, a genuinely candid photo is a refreshing and beautiful thing.

Local runners impress at national championships

Byron Bay Runners are producing some of the best track runners in the country, with five of our senior squad athletes finishing in the top ten in their events at Athletics Australia’s recent national championships held in Adelaide, back in April.

Byron Writers Festival locals’ passes on sale June 13

Byron Writers Festival and First National Byron have  partnered again to offer Sunday Locals Passes.

Students fired up for marine protection  

There is something deeply inspiring about a hall full of young humans who are passionate about saving the planet. Tired narratives about apathy and disengagement dissolve as those who are inheriting ecological wounds inflicted by past generations seek solutions and healing.

Concerns over potential impact of piggery DA 

Plans submitted to Council earlier this year for the historic old Skinners Shoot piggery at 103 Yagers Lane have raised concerns with residents.

The impact of elite female trans athletes in sport needs some perspective (Letters, 6 July).

New Zealander, Laurel Hubbard, failed to finish in her weightlifting division at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

US BMX freestyler Chelsea Wolfe was an alternative athlete for the women’s competition at the same Olympics after placing fifth at the World Championships in 2021.

Alana Smith also competed in the women’s street skateboarding event at the same Olympics, having competed at four World Championships, winning bronze in 2015. Quinn, (who goes by one name), became the first transgender person to win gold at the same Olympics with the Canadian women’s soccer team. Basketballer Layshia Clarendon plays for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA, and won gold at the 2018 FIBA World Cup.

Clarendon won the WNBA Community Assist Award in 2021 for her advocacy work for black and brown youth and the LGBTQIA+ community, not her on-field skill.

Female trans swimmers were banned, based on the result of one race. In a close finish, Lia Thomas won the 500-yards women’s freestyle event at the 2022 US National Collegiate Athletic Association’s women’s championships.

She came eighth in the 100-yards freestyle final at the same championships. Not so threatening. Fear makes people misjudge.

Meg Pickup, Ballina


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