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February 5, 2023

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Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

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Witches in the Starcourt

A new year is here! It’s a time for women all over the region to pick up their brooms and set their witchy intentions for 2023. There is no finer time and place to do it than with your Country Witches, comedian Mandy Nolan and singer/songwriter Áine Tyrrell. 

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Kura and Sou: two authentic Japanese Byron restaurants

Simon Haslam Kura is an authentic Japanese restaurant serving yakitori, sushi and ramen, located in the heart of Byron Bay....

They are Hotshots

The two-hour production is a visual feast, choreographed and developed by Australia’s leading professionals and a hand-picked selection of dreamy guys who will have the ladies up from their chairs, screaming for more, night after night. With a totally interactive production, The Secret Fantasies Tour is the perfect night out with the girls.

Controversial development that would dwarf Uki under appeal in L&EC – Tweed Nightcap Village MO

The contentious Nightcap Village $39M multiple occupancy development near Uki, promoted by Pete Evans, will have its appeal to the Land & Environment Court against the NRPP's refusal heard from 9 February.

So, at this point in our geopolitical climate, it’s very unfortunate that we must proceed with careful consideration as to how we’re going to handle our position in the likely scenario that things escalate (god forbid). 

Thankfully we have a lot of permaculturalists and the like in this area (myself included), many of whom have had to work normal jobs to fulfil the demands society has, such as serving alcohol, tobacco and food more so than growing it, but that will be the first thing to flip on its head; our demands will fall back to more of a staple necessity basis than that of luxury, squandered privilege basis – the way it has been for so many decades. 

Electricity will be compromised, as too will your stockpiles in freezers etc, unless you’re prepared with batteries and solar. We have ample area to grow food freely and abundantly which, to date, has been maintained by Council as strictly ornamental, with any food such as an odd tomato plant being ripped out. That mentality will change. 

Cars will mostly become redundant for the 5–10 years we’re at war too. So I have lots of ideas regarding how we proceed to safeguard and even enhance our way of life here, but the bottom line I need to reinforce is that we simply cannot be reliant on the grid and normal supply lines for our survival in the situation of global conflict. We must become more independent as a society than we ever imagined. 

We need a community meeting to discuss how we go forward with resilience in these radically changing times we face.

Daniel Brown, Ocean Shores


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