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NSW Forestry challenged over failed forestry practices in precedent-setting case

What makes bushfires worse, causes native species collapse and creates forest dieback?

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New Murwillumbah pump station to reduce flooding impacts

A new stormwater pump station for Murwillumbah will be built to reduce the effects of flooding to private properties and public infrastructure in the vicinity of Murwillumbah Leagues Club.

Nimbin boil water alert lifted – remains for rural water supply

The Boil Water Alert for the village of Nimbin has been lifted, effective immediately – but remains in place for rural users. 

Barrio now open every Sunday

If you’re already dreaming about the weekend, how does spending a long lunch at Barrio Eatery & Bar sound? Owing...

Byron Shires wildlife corridor 

Byron Greens congratulate Byron Shire Council on its commitment to wildlife corridors and to developing wildlife corridor mapping. We...

Flogging a petition

In a blatantly political move, the Tweed Chamber of Commerce is flogging an online petition calling for the appointment...

Cinema: Seriously Red

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0RCj3-Pz50 If you’re a fan of Dolly Parton, then this just might be your happy place for the summer. Seriously...

As a mature-aged person, I have spent all of my life in and around music and activism. From the time that I was taken by my mother to concerts by Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Lonnie Donegan and the likes, to my early teens, when I stepped out to save the foxes from the savage sport in the English countryside.

I have met and befriended many people in the music world, some very famous (the music scene being a huge part of my life, as I didn’t become a father). I’ve been active in putting on events and festivals. I’ve been a big lover of books and reading. Over the years, I have read many autobiographies and biographies of artists and performers ranging from blues, jazz, folk, and rock and I must say I’ve never been too impressed by their attitude and behaviour.

Although I still love their music from the ’60s particularly, The Stones are a shining example of the ‘bad’. A fine example of the ‘good’ is Peter Gabriel, who went on to use his wealth and fame for the betterment of others in the world, as an active member of Amnesty International, as an outspoken voice against Tony Blair’s illegal war on Iraq. He was a founding member of the WOMAD festivals that take place around the world, where he nearly went broke because of bad weather and circumstances surrounding the first event in England, until Genesis, his previous band, reformed to pull him out of the financial hole.

I am proud to have known Peter in the first half of the ’70s, as I knew all the other guys in the band. They were all lovely, intelligent, considerate young people. There was no evidence of drunkenness, heavy drugs, or womanising, and I spent a lot of time with them.

Mick Stacey, Ballina

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Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

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Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

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