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Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

The 2022 floods saw the Tweed hinterland connection road between Bilambil and Urliup severely damaged with six slip sites....

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850 women with sticks in Lismore and Ballina

The Goonellabah Hockey Centre and the Ballina Hockey Centre are about to be inundated with women and their big sticks as Lismore teams up with Ballina to host the NSW Northern Division Women's Masters Hockey Championships.

From feeding a young family to a community

Farmer Nicole Dayman is one of the newest members of Byron Farmers Market, having joined the market earlier this...

They’re back!

Stone & Wood’s popular Murbah Open Day is back on Saturday, August 3 – they are celebrating a decade of boutique brews and community. Stone & Wood’s Murwillumbah Brewery will open its doors from 11am to 5pm, inviting locals and brew lovers from near and far to enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes experience, with guided tours running throughout the day offering an exclusive insight into the brewing and packaging process.

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.

Wiped out

The 2024 British election called by the ruling Conservative (Tory) Party resulted in it being wiped out by its...

Byron’s foreshore future – a closer look

Plans for Byron Bay’s foreshore are on exhibition until July 31 – Council staff propose options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal of the carpark around the pool and Fishheads restaurant. 

In the world of the ‘big political boys’ it is shocking to read in Crikey that 78-year-old Aunty Joy Murphy was removed from two events by  event organisers. Aunty Joy wished to offer visiting ex-US president Obama ‘a gift’, which is cultural practice. Event organisers found this moment of sharing and respect ‘too difficult’ in 2023. Shame racist Australia!

In the Byron Shire there appears to be no local will by Council or elected representatives to prioritise targets to Close the Gap; this was implemented in 2008 with 17 socioeconomic targets… have they been addressed to illustrate justice and human rights? It would appear not. After the documentary Incarcerated Nation was shown at Brunswick Picture House, Delta Kay, Indigenous representative, spoke of the need for a local space to deal with traumatised young First Nations youth. No space exists. Furthermore, Councillor Sarah Ndiaye spoke publicly of seeking support from developers for housing; only one was willing to develop housing for First Nations peoples. Shame Byron Council and favoured developers!

There is a paucity of will by Australian settlers to look beyond colonial consciousness as we approach a turning point in Australia’s identity with the Voice offering a vision to ‘walk together’. There is no specific funding for Indigenous health and social needs in Byron and what is offered is ad hoc, a lack of clarity in policy further confuses and intimidates the traumatised and vulnerable Indigenous folk.

Is this who we really are? Can GPs offer bulk billing please? Can Council seek the generosity of heart to illustrate the will to work for a healthy Indigenous  community? Can developers address their own racism? Can we recognise our basic humanity? Can we dismiss skin as the pivot justifying prejudice and cruelty? Can we all overcome a very vile cruel colonial history that currently pulsates in cruel oppression of a remarkable people? Finally, can we walk together in peace?

Jo Faith, Newtown


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Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

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.

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Veterans honoured for their service

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