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October 4, 2022

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Dreaming of Midsummer

Byron Ballet Company is currently preparing for one of the world’s most beloved ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This...

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Woman critically injured in fight; second woman charged with attempted murder – Tweed Heads

A woman remains in hospital in a critical condition and a second woman has been charged following an alleged stabbing at Tweed Heads yesterday.

Don’t forget your life jacket

A statewide waterway compliance blitz has found a that a large number of boaters are failing to carry and wear a lifejacket as requuried.

Bioenergy facility funding rejected

Mayor Michael Lyon is downplaying a funding rejection for Council’s much touted Bioenergy Facility proposal by a federal government agency, claiming other funding sources are available.

Local MPs to embark on flood fact finding mission

Four local MPs will tour the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s Brisbane headquarters tomorrow on a fact finding mission that will hopefully assist the flood recovery process in the Northern Rivers.

Short films grace the screen from Oct 21

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is back from October 21 to 30 with a ten-day program of premieres, panels and parties.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

When a wallaby loped across the dirt road, my heart leapt. It used to be common to spot wallabies cavorting on the beach at dawn, but it had been years since I’d seen one alive. I’ve been walking up the beach to the North Wall in New Brighton and back through the forest on North Head Road for almost twenty years. The day I encountered the wallaby, I noticed the whipbird calls ricocheting across the canopy. The melodic bird songs seemed especially loud. I watched an echidna waddle into the brush. 

It was not until I reached the gate that I realised what was missing. No utes barrelling past in a cloud of dust. National Parks had closed the road temporarily. For a few weeks, it truly was a Sanctuary Zone.

I’d like to propose the gate be closed more often, perhaps only open on weekends. Endangered birds make nests in this precious park. There are plenty of other beaches that can be reached by car. With the road closed to vehicles, walkers and bike riders could travel in peace and the wildlife have respite. If we step quietly, we might even see a wallaby!

Laura Shore, New Brighton


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