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Families consider class action against Intrapac over cancelled Banyan Hill house and land contracts

Nearly fifty local Intrapac house and land buyers on the Northern Rivers may need to take Supreme Court action to avoid being short-changed and priced out of the region.

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Paco Lara Duende flamenco

Bringing the soul and spirit of Spanish flamenco, the acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Lara will inspire and capture the imagination of Australian audiences with the release and launch of his new album Duende, a self-produced album of original compositions. 

BES rejects Ramsey’s proposal to leave conservation zones to private landholders

Ballina Environment Society (BES) has come out strongly against conservative independent Ballina Councillor Eva Ramsey’s proposal to have private property owners ‘opt in’ to conservation zones.

Urban increase blueprint unveiled for Byron Shire

meeting that, if eventually adopted, could see upscaled urban development across the Shire via ‘infill, new release, existing zoned vacant land and living differently’.

Champion golfers crowned in Mullumbimby

  Adam Bullock and Julianne Ross have emerged as Mullumbimby Golf Club’s (MGC) 2023 champion golfers after finishing on top...

Former NSW Premier Bob Carr backs end to land clearing in NSW

Recognising the impacts of logging and clearing native forests former NSW Premier Bob Carr has backed ongoing calls to halt land clearing in NSW.

Circus, Comedy, WTF?

It’s that time again at the Brunswick Picture House – The Cheeky Cabaret’s new season has just opened and this one is more hilarious, and sexier, than ever!

Imagine trust being the guiding intent – instead of fear and ‘power-over’ – when the tall ships arrived on Australia’s shores. Imagine if the arrivals had listened to the example from the First Nations people who received them with an open, albeit apprehensive heart, on a land that they believed owned them, rather than believing that they owned the land.

Imagine if messages that were borne from knowing that nature is our greatest teacher had been heard. Imagine how much improved would be the state of human relations and the condition of this ancient land, had those voices been heard.

As an artist who has collaborated, by invitation, extensively with First Nations people in cities and remote communities, there is much to value in cues of trust. These people have always given me a ‘fair go’ to prove my worth in their over-governed communities where their agency is clipped like the wings of a bird.

I have grown a deeper understanding of all that is from a culture that holds at its heart the wellbeing of this land. Their values are what the world needs now.

I was 24 years old in 1988, I arrived with an intention to learn from these people. Art was a bridge and they let this stranger into their hearts. My experiences and world view are better for having chosen trust.

‘Yes’ is a powerful force for the extraordinary.

Samantha Wortelhock, Pambula

Find out more on the Voice to Parliament

‘How the Voice will help government’ by Fred Chaney in The Saturday Paper: www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au.

Julian Leeser interview on RN.

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