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August 20, 2022

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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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Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Kids Big Day Out at the Byron Writers Festival 2022

If you are a kid, or you know a kid who loves books, reading and creativity, then Byron Writers Festival’s ‘Kids Big Day Out’ on Sunday 28 August is the ultimate event for you!

Northern Regional Planning Panel looks at Bentley Quarry

The Northern Regional Planning Panel has notified residents and stakeholders of a determination meeting about the controversial Bentley Quarry on Bentley Rd, to be held next Wednesday.

Large Bruns DA ushered through

Brunswick Heads will get its first underground car park, after an attempt to overturn the approval of a mixed-use development in the town was voted down by a majority of Byron councillors.

Finding the fine art

Bangalow Fine Art are boutique art dealers and valuers who hold quarterly online exhibitions of interesting and important pieces...

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.

By looking at Australia’s history of corruption, I feel that whistleblowers are not appreciated and protected enough and will have their career and life destroyed.

Isn’t it in the interest of an open, honest, and fair society that we are depending on inside information to be alerted to criminal practices?

Wasn’t the use of a listening device at the time of the negotiations with the just-emerged new country Timor-Leste a very bad criminal act against one of the poorest countries of the world?

Many risk their life if they speak up, as seen in Underbelly. Remember that NSW had to import Mr Peter Ryan from Britain for the position of the Commissioner of the NSW Police in 1996, that’s how bad it was.

It’s urgent, and now is the time to update and rework these important laws. Do you know that Richard Boyle, former employee of the South Australian Tax Office, is facing over 160 years in prison for speaking out about the heavy-handed debt collection tactics. Isn’t Julian Assange just a whistleblower on bad and deadly criminal behaviour? Time to act!

Chibo Mertineit, Hamburg


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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! 

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