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Calls to reverse NSW anti-protest laws

The harsh sentencing of Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco for stopping a lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April this year has led to a range of protests and the call to reverse NSW anti-protest laws by lawyer and Greens NSW Legislative Council Member Sue Higginson.

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Councils ‘bullied’ with increased NSW govt burdens, say LGNSW

NSW councils have been ‘set up to fail’ with their annual audits ‘because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control’, claims the peak body representing councils, Local Government NSW.

Incredible screenings at Bangalow Film Festival

Bangalow Film Festival adds more incredible films to the 2023 program and, with a stack of special screenings still...

Local waterpolo team thriving on friendship

The Byron Bay Bullsharks women’s waterpolo team have played their way into second place on the Far North Coast...

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Waste solutions

Australia has a waste problem. Take plastic for example. Australians throw away around 179 million empty bottles of shampoo,...

Gort claims singles tennis title at Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby Tennis Club Championship finals were held last weekend and culminated with the open men’s singles where Steve Gort...

Ever wondered whether those 30kg electric bikes with fat tyres – their riders without helmets – whizzing past you on the footpath or bike path are legal? What happens if you have an accident with one and you get hurt; or your phone is knocked to the ground and damaged? I asked a Byron cop who said it’s a civil matter – you’d have to go to court for any damage compensation. Legal electric bikes are made for travel up to 25kph with a throttle limited to 6kph. But the fat-tyred bikes (apart from those rented in Byron) have an adjustment to take them over 30kph with the unlimited throttle. 

What is an electric bike? Transport NSW says that, ‘an e-bike or electric bike has an electric motor that assists a bicycle rider with pedalling up to 25km/h. It can be: a power-assisted pedal bicycle up to 250 watts that requires the rider to pedal in order to activate the electric motor; or a power-assisted bicycle fitted with a throttle or accelerator up to 200 watts. Bicycles that don’t comply with NSW regulations are not legal to ride on NSW roads or road related areas’.

I was concerned when I saw two boys zipping down Jonson Street on one. Do they know the road laws? Byron lawyers, take note.

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay


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Tweed Council secures environmental water sharing during drought

Two items at last week's Tweed Shire Council meeting highlighted the commitment of the council to sharing water with the environment even during low-flow and drought periods. 

Celebrating the life of Jack Paris Crittle

Young DJ and keen surfer, Jack Crittle, was tragically killed in a car accident last week. A celebration of his life will be held this Monday, 12 December at 10am.

Mullum’s Federation Bridge closed again tonight

Mullum and hinterland residents and visitors are reminded that Federation Bridge will be closed again tonight from 6pm to 4am for repairs. 

Changing the world with non-violent action

‘Nonviolence  is an intensely active force when properly understood and used.’ These are the words of Gandhi, the man who led nationwide campaigns in his country to ease poverty by creating a movement of resistance that contributed to ending British Rule in India.