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December 2, 2022

From an okay Boomer

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A new Southern Cross University study predicts that two species of mountain frogs located on the NSW/Queensland border are on track to be extinct by 2055.

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BreastScreen van comes to Byron

The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be in Byron Bay from 14 – 21 December at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road. Free mammograms are provided to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 and there’s no referral needed.

Ballina ‘Steps Up’ against domestic and family violence

The Ballina community came out in force to ‘Step Up Against Domestic Violence on Friday.

As an okay Boomer who has lived in Mullumbimby most of my life, I’ve seen many changes in town, particularly since the Great COVID Exodus.

I know we must accept change, even if we don’t like it. I can tolerate the wanky expensive shops, cafes and restaurants. I’ve learned to live with the amplified noise pollution of atrocious buskers, the queues, congestion and trashing of our once peaceful town, local culture and values. 

We are fast becoming Melbourne’s most northerly suburb.

What I can’t accept is the selfish, arrogant and dangerous drivers that dominate the streets in town. I ride a pushbike to town but it’s becoming impossible not to come home shaking in fear and anger because I so often come within centimetres of getting killed by someone in a fat burger prestige SUV doing double the speed limit and flying through intersections without bothering to observe ‘Give way’ and ‘Stop’ signs. You can see them on their phones and more often than not their response is to extend the middle finger for getting in their way.

In the hinterland we’re often confronted by juggernauts travelling at ridiculous speeds around blind bends on narrow roads. We all bang on and on about wildlife extinction and climate change, yet simply slowing down seems too much to ask. 

In rural Australia it has always been considered an act of bastardry to speed through a country town. In Mullum many streets don’t have footpaths, so cars, pedestrians, kids, dogs and bikes all share the space. Yet people still drive in excess of 100km/h. Yes, we have a crime wave in Mullumbimby and it’s not the kids, homeless, mentally ill or dope peddlers that are the culprits.

We need more and better traffic calming infrastructure before someone gets killed!

Norman Appel, Mullumbimby


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Urine sample test: new way to detect and screen for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, an early diagnosis – one made well before signs of irreversible dementia are apparent – is key to providing effective intervention and treatment.

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

Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.

A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.

Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

In early November two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a women activated the Emergency Response Beacon, alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre that the men were drowning. There are three waiting to be deployed in Byron Shire.