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A matter of the commons

Michael Balson (Letters 3 August) writing about the Commons, has tried to place his interpretation on matters of...

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Good start to season for Byron Beez basketballers

Byron Bay basketballers have started the season strongly with the women picking up a win, and a narrow loss,...

A matter of the commons

Michael Balson (Letters 3 August) writing about the Commons, has tried to place his interpretation on matters of...

Ecocide in Mullum

Saddened by the huge trauma that homeless flood victims are undergoing, those feelings were further compounded by reading Hans...

A chance for young poets to shine

Youth poets across the region are being invited to take part in the John West Youth Poetry Cup in Byron Bay on August 27.

Bangalow wins top-of-table clash in local rugby

In a weekend of tight rugby, Bangalow beat Wollongbar-Alstonville 30–27 while Ballina and Lennox Head had a 35–35 draw. Playing...

Editorial – Will the NSW government act on disasters, or just manage them?

The Select Committee on the response to Major Flooding across NSW in 2022, headed by chair Walt Secord (Labor) painted a picture of unprepared agencies, such as Resilience NSW, and documented a lack of planning.

I have lived in Mullum and the surrounding hills for 35 years. 

Yesterday I drove to Upper Main Arm, to Kohinur, to visit a friend, and I have never seen a place so devastated as what I saw yesterday. Seeing my own house full of mud was traumatising, but yesterday I was saddened, stunned and confused as to how Main Arm has been left like this, I imagine Upper Main Arm is even worse… 

To Kohinur the causeways are open, but the sides are still coverd in smashed concrete and tree debris, little pieces of smashed everyday things, and small pieces of everything, including cars. 

Nobody could heal memories of driving past this every day. It extends into a lot of people’s properties. Their clean-up is overwhelming and they’re on their own. 

Meanwhile, outside my property in Mullumbimby, Byron Shire Council (BSC) is cleaning up the sides of the bitumen with a heap of machinery and roadbase for parking. I also noticed Myocum Road got new bitumen this week. 

Come on town! Where is the logic? Come on community groups, don’t go plant trees, don’t go clean up the beach, go clean up Main Arm!

No offence intended to any of our amazing community or BSC for the effort they have put in since the big flood.

C Sheffield, Mullumbimby


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Let there be energy-efficient LED light

The shorter days and winter nights make after-work sport difficult for those wanting to keep fit, so the addition of LED lighting to local sports clubs allowing playing hours to be extended into the night is very welcome.

Community Sleepout to raise funds for Vinnies tonight

The 2022 NSW Vinnies Community Sleepout is this week with participants across the state braving the cold to raise vital funds and awareness in support of local services provided by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Toddlers take note: Ross Park is ready for play! 

A much anticipated recreational area of Lennox Head has finally reopened after months of being a no-go zone for the toddlers of the town. The new-look Ross Park in the centre of the village is officially open and ready for play! 

Bundjalung stories on Country

As first peoples we have an inherited birthright and a deep responsibility to try, as much as possible, to tread lightly on Country and read Country.