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June 9, 2023

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Brunswick Heads going for Gold & Old

The village of Brunswick Heads is set to host its Old & Gold Festival tomorrow with three big fairs, entertainment and plenty of fun – come rain or shine. 

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Man charged following shooting in Ballina 

A man has been charged following a public place shooting in Ballina.

Fire season is coming – time to join the RFS

As the landscape dried out in the leadup, and during, the 2019–20 Black Summer fires, Ocean Shores resident, Kitty Crain, began to look around and wonder who would come to her rescue if a fire started in the bush around her home?

Playground at Clarkes?

Wondering what happened to the money raised to build a playground near Clarkes Beach in the early 2000s? Did Byron...

Brunswick Heads going for Gold & Old

The village of Brunswick Heads is set to host its Old & Gold Festival tomorrow with three big fairs, entertainment and plenty of fun – come rain or shine. 

Young whale caught in shark nets on Gold Coast

The first whale entanglement happened at the Gold Coast early on Monday evening when a young sub-adult whale was caught in shark nets.

Tweed Sustainability Awards kick off with nominations now open

Nominations for outstanding efforts by members of the Tweed community to protect and care for the Tweed’s precious environment are being sought as part of this year’s Tweed Sustainability Awards.

The state of Gaia is of concern to us in the rainbow region. We have all been impacted the past few years particularly. It’s time to honour the ethos that we live here.

We were reminded of the cultural shift of 50 years ago at the recent Regeneration Festival. This is well recorded in the Brunswick Valley Historical Society’s documentaries of those times. I believe they are being rerun mid-April to celebrate their 40-year anniversary.

The ‘hippy’ era literally moved in and they have been an international icon since. We have a unique and caring community, ultimately proactive and looking for honesty.

Past ideas have become reality. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, it’s time we remembered why we live here. We need to set our own ideals and agenda for the future. All of us. The various events that occur in the area breathe local culture. Please infuse your life with our ideals.

The Aquarius Festival anniversary is an opportunity for us to gather and set our course. Who would have thought a bunch of hippies could have such a lasting effect, defining our path forward and setting our aspirations?

To me it’s a wonderful synchronicity that we also vote to give our Indigenous guardians a voice. It seems they have always known.

Debra Smith, Mullumbimby

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  1. Gaia is a dirt god akin to the sky god you all rail against. Greta just got an Honorary Doctorate in Theology for her climate work. Let that sink in. Has religious zealotry ever avoided accomplishing the exact opposite to what it set out to do?

    • actually the Gaia concept has nothing to do with god or religion at all, its describing the entire planet as being ‘alive’ eg. evolution. Some may think of it as spiritual in nature too, but would you disagree that the earth is alive, compared to say the Moon or other planets in the solar system?

      • Yes I do disagree. The Earth is a lifeless rock. You could wipe out all life forms that squat on it and the Earth would be just fine. You have simply taken the Greek god Gaia, who was about agriculture related things, the god farmers would make animal sacrifices to, and used it to personify a ball of mostly molten rock that is basically identical to Venus. Venus is doing just fine by the way. Planets do not require hydrocarbon based chemistry on their surface to maintain their existence. It has very little effect on them either way.


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