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Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.

The soul of football-based sports

'It is around this time of the year I look at myself in the mirror and ask, "what is wrong with me?"' 

Police pursuit after ute and motorbike stolen

NSW Police were at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan, after reports a motorcycle had been stolen. As they arrived two males fled the scene, one on a motorcycle and the other in an Isuzu utility. The utility failed to stop for police and a pursuit was initiated.

Rain on the way…

Heavy rain is expected across much of the east coast of Australia over the coming week, but there is cautious optimism that the Northern Rivers won't cop the worst of the falls this time.

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.

Meet Byron’s surf champ, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart

While Byron attracts surfers of amazing skill, there have only been a few world champions. 

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I can remember, this community motto has been ‘act locally think globally’. Then it stands to reason that we as a community understand what is happening globally, so we can set a local example, of empathy, compassion and inclusion. 

Climate change in the long term is an existential threat for the whole of humanity. However, like the very nature of capitalism, climate change does discriminate. In the short term, Noami Klein avers climate change is hitting the poor first and worst; whether that is being abandoned on the rooftops of New Orleans or Lismore. 

This means increasingly we will be faced with overlapping crises. Devastating weather events and the need to provide temporary housing for citizens who have lost all of their belongings. Prince Street pod houses is an example of acting locally, where temporary homes are built, and built quickly. 

The local public outcry about the pod houses, most of which has been imbued with fear, mirrors world leaders’ stance on climate migration. That is while headlines are quick to employ the label ‘climate refugees’ on the world stage, displaced global citizens are considered in countries like the US to be a national security threat and without refugee status.

Dominique Klein, Main Arm


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Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Rain on the way…

Heavy rain is expected across much of the east coast of Australia over the coming week, but there is cautious optimism that the Northern Rivers won't cop the worst of the falls this time.

The soul of football-based sports

'It is around this time of the year I look at myself in the mirror and ask, "what is wrong with me?"' 

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.