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December 4, 2022

The warm and fuzzies

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Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

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Natural burial site found unsuitable

The long-standing plan to create a natural burial ground for locals who want to be buried sustainably has hit a major hurdle, with the site favoured for this use found to be completely unsuitable.

Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.

So, while I try hard to share the warm fuzzy feelings that many Mullum cul-de-sac and short-road residents must be feeling by getting yet another shiny asphalt fix up of their street. It really hits hard for those of us living in Upper Main Arm.  

Our roads, creeks and embankments have been both a physical and mental health hazard since February 2022. Is it too much to expect, at the very least, a fortnightly pothole fix, while we wait around for any long-term improvements?

Yesterday I rescued a Queensland family of four, their dog and their sparkling eight-seater SUV that was bigger than our spare room, who had been missing for two days after slipping into one of the potholes just down from Motts Road. They headed home with smiles on their faces and a Main Arm Store tea towel souvenir.

The conditions right now are atrocious, and while it’s nice to see an army of scruffy paid-in-full, fluoro-clad older gentlemen with beards, who can still afford to buy cigarettes, along with battalions of heavy sand-and-rubble-filled vehicles chugging back and forth up our valley – nothing actually ever seems to get fixed.

It’s a conspiracy I tell ya!

Kol Dimond, Upper Main Arm


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1 COMMENT

  1. what to do with all of the illegal dwellings up there and minimal contributions going to council compared to the usage…

    I know lets make its more difficult to approve development because development is bad!

    The crux of the byron shire problem, nimbys and the dark greens mentality -> third world shire

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