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It is a weekend of excitement, fun and laughter for everyone at the National Circus Festival

It truly is like stepping into another world as you enter The Famous Spiegeltent which is here for the National Circus Festival that is taking place this weekend in Mullumbimby before it once again heads off around the world.

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Have your say on housing and growth

Lismore City Council is seeking community feedback on two draft plans intended to guide the location and type of housing to support recovery in coming decades.

Rugby 7s returns to Byron with class lineup

The largest Rugby 7s festival in Australia is returning to Byron Bay on the weekend of October 15–16. The event,...

Byron Music Society’s Big Sing

Byron Music Society presents ‘A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms’ (Ein Deutsches Requiem), recognised as one of the greatest...

AZTECA margarita mix

WANTED: Fun-loving person to spend two years eating tacos and sampling margaritas in Mexico with same. I’d answer that kind...

Urban trees and forests are very vulnerable to climate change: how should we shore them up?

New research predicts most of our favourite city trees are at risk from global warming.

Lismore activist who blocked Sydney traffic has charges dismissed

This morning, twenty-two year old climate activist Mali Cooper faced court in Lismore, after blocking the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel during peak hour traffic in June, to protest inaction on the climate emergency.

Reading David Heilpern’s satirical article (24 August) I remembered the huge sign over Ewingsdale Road near the hospital with dramatic words to the effect of: ‘RBT. You won’t get away with driving and drugs.’ No mention of which drugs. And no mention of alcohol. 

I wondered why politicians are so hell bent on stopping drug use, especially social drugs like MDMA and cannabis. Of course! They can’t get tax off drugs like they do with alcohol. Especially when they keep it illegal and it’s all black market.

I followed David’s logic about the state of Splendour in the Grass this year. He covered the problems that occurred. And then I realised, oh dear; it’s not satire. He’s humorously describing a disaster.

Great article and very clever. Thanks David!

Raphael Lee Cass

Byron Bay 


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Iron Gates developer launches appeal against DA refusal at Evans Head

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