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New coercive control laws explained at Lennox Head tonight

With new coercive control laws coming into effect on July 1, Greens candidate for Richmond, Mandy Nolan will hold community forums – along with other speakers – in Lennox Head and Mullumbimby, during July and August.

Other News

45 search and rescue missions in June on Northern Rivers

Marine Rescue NSW saw a drop in search and rescue missions this June compared to last year, however, it was still their second-busiest June ever.

Ready for the meta-crisis?

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has caused shock waves, but it’s sadly not surprising this would happen, with so much hate and vitriol being expressed in the US presidential race.

Tikkun Olam

David Heilpern's brilliant article 'Zionism, antisemitism and Israel' stands in complete contrast to former Israeli defence minister Moshe Dayan's...

Swimmer’s smart-watch sends distress alert 

A local swimmer who got caught in a rip and rough seas at Tallows Beach has survived the ordeal by using his smartwatch to call triple zero.

Tyagarah – changed overnight traffic conditions

From Monday, July 22 there will be changed traffic conditions on Tyagarah Creek Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah to carry out essential maintenance.

Mullum’s future water supply Q&A

In the same week public submissions were published largely against Council staff plans to decommission Mullum’s local water supply in favour of bulk supplier Rous (see page 1), Greens Council candidates are calling for a pause on the decision until after the September 14 local government elections. 

I get emails from Council called Community E News. I received three after the wooden bridge over Belongil Creek failed. There was no info whatsoever about the half-closed, partially open and now completely open (albeit with sheet-metal repairs) timber bridge.

I wrote to the email contact media person who notified the E News writer. Eventually a nice Council contact rang me and said they were putting in a new grid-patterned bridge, similar to the one near Butler Street and that work should start in May. They would put up an electronic sign about the condition of the bridge – as cyclists can’t ride safely on it – and they’d work at night. 

That day, 20 April, I got another E News that talked about bridge maintenance. Funny how making enquiries moves things along.

In the months since the bridge needed urgent repairs, I have been overseas, built a native bees’ hive, replaced my decking and continued my bit of saving the planet.

Let’s pray that the new bridge materials will arrive on time, Council will speedily deploy workers to replace the rotting timbers and the new bridge will be open before the end of May.

Let us pray… 

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay

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Zionism, antisemitism, Israel

Thank you for the political comment from David Heilpern (July 3) – it was to the point and very well explained. Comments on 'back to...

Byron and Tweed Councils pursue housing project dreams

Long-held council dreams of new, affordable housing on public land in the Byron and Tweed Shires are closer to being realised, mayors say, with state and federal government support.

Tweed council catching up on DA backlog

Tweed Shire Council staff say they’re catching up on and reducing the number of outstanding development applications [DAs] lodged locally.

King tide flooding in Ballina

King tides in Ballina are expected to cause minor flooding of some local roads this week.