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Why are white Australians even being asked to vote on the Voice?

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Burst main forces temporary water supply cut in Lennox Head

Ballina Shire Council’s crews are attending to a water main break that has occurred on Allens Parade in Lennox Head this morning.

Pushing-Up for mental health in June

Australia’s largest fitness-based mental health event, The Push-Up Challenge, is back in 2023, encouraging Australians to push for better mental health.

Further to Annie Radermacher’s ‘Valuation shock’ letter published (Echo 28 April) I am writing to suggest that the community considers objecting also at a local level because of the following reasons:

1. Potential increases in weekly rents as property owners decide to pass on the costs of increased land tax and increased rates.

2. A compounding of the lack of affordable rental properties in an area with an already chronic lack of affordable housing.

3. Increased rates contributing to the decision of self-funded retirees to sell their principal place of residence and relocate elsewhere, thereby destabilising the sense of community.

4. Potential lack of service provision due to a labour shortage in low paid sectors, such as hospitality, because people can’t afford to live and work in this area.

I wrote to my local member, approximately a week ago. In the absence of an acknowledgement or a response. I followed up with a telephone call. It was suggested by a member of her staff that I contact Stephen Kamper, Minister for Lands and Property. This minister can be contacted either via a web form or at the following email: [email protected]

I am of the opinion that a single voice won’t effect change but as a community whose members will ultimately all be affected, albeit differently, we need to raise a collective voice instead. 

Libby O’Loughlin, Lennox Head 

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