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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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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.

The greater good

Byron Council has ratified the International Charter of Human Rights, complete with fine legal minds that developed a Charter...

Better outcomes start with teachers who believe in inclusive education

For all students – particularly those with additional needs – a teacher who doesn't believe in inclusive education can be harmful.

TELSTRA – The end of the line?

I live in a valley that was ravaged by flood last year. Telegraph poles were swept out of the...

Swivel flop-flop

Not sure what Cr Swivel is doing. But while he appears to be providing support for both sides of...

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.

Inspired by darling Australian Damen Gameau’s epic documentary 2040, approximately 50 people gathered recently at the not-for-profit Paddock Project. Led by Karen Gross they listened to Tasmania’s celebrity chef, Matthew Evans, the Paddock’s devoted garden manager, Rodrego Pierin, and, local Mullumbimby resident Biologist/ Father/ Husband/ Friend (and all around optimist) John Bond as they rolled out their ideas on furthering Australia’s lead on solutions to climate change.  

This was a perfect addition to recently released Season 2 series Down to Earth that showcases some of Australia’s super success stories in this sector. 

Four short months ago, John Bond of Living Earth Biology showed up at The Paddock inquiring about their most problem-soil area, quietly sharing some of his ideas on regeneration with a community minded agenda. He volunteered his efforts to work on the most boggy and weed filled patch of land on the site, miraculously bringing it to life in less than three months with his techniques. 

These are good news stories we don’t frequently get to hear, but which are essential as humanity comes together to help each other on these important threats to civilization.

As a visitor to this great country, I found the sincerity and passion of these citizens, not only innovative, but adorable. I’m leaving Australia with such a good impression and hope for the future of my sweet grandchildren, that need us to care about the planet for generations to come.

Shelly Frank, Visiting Canadian ‘gramma’


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