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Tweed Council seeks businesses to join it’s rail trail ‘Connect Program’ 

Paying for the maintenance and providing an engaging visitor experience for the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a key aspect of Tweed Shire Council’s (TSC) Connect Program. 

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Council to discuss use of consultants at closed-door workshop

Byron councillors will explore the amount Council spends on external consultants and potential conflicts of interest, following a long and, at times, spiteful debate last week.

Young farmer forging ahead

Despite growing up in Sydney, James Daaboul says he has always been drawn to the idea of living on the land. A couple of years ago he turned that dream into a reality, leaving behind a stable job as a set builder and carpenter for greener pastures in the Northern Rivers.

Calling all local cricketers

The start of a new cricket season is fast approaching so new and returning players are welcome at the...

Varroa mite here to stay as NSW pivots from eradication to management of costly invasive species

The Varroa Mite ‘(Varroa destructor and Varroa jacobsoni) is a parasite of adult honey bees and honey bee brood....

Search to resume for missing swimmer at Tallow Beach

NSW police say that the search for a missing swimmer will resume at 8am at Tallow Beach.

Cumbalum residents left wanting as estates fail to provide basic services

Plenty of housing has been built in the Ballina Shire in recent years but Cumbalum residents are still waiting for services including childcare, groceries, dog parks and decent reception.

I watched a riveting show on ITV today called Coextinction. The program was made in Canada and was an exposé of the Norwegian salmon farms on the rivers leading to the sea. Some of these farms can breed up to 1,000,000 salmon for profit. 

The farms excrete their pollutants into the rivers and build huge weirs which stop and kill the migratory salmon and interfere with their breeding habits, which is decimating the wild population. 

A lot of the native people who rely on the salmon are now getting sick with diseases like diabetes. 

The orcas, seals, and grizzly bears are starving and the smaller organisms that eat the byproducts are endangered as well. 

Sea Shepherd and other wonderful environmentalists and the traditional people are doing their best and fighting hard to stop this exploitation – more power to them. I’m not much of a crier, but fair dinkum my eyes got wet thinking about the terrible harm that humans do to our fellow planet-sharers, mostly for money. Just another brick in our wall of devastations and I just want to throw my arms up in despair sometimes. 

For intelligent beings we are just so bloody stupid. We have to learn (quickly) to live more simply, more locally, to want less and to do as little harm as possible, or not only is our entire natural environment fucked, but we are too.

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  1. You are a beautiful and sensitive soul. I wish there were more of your kind. I saw you one voting day and I shall never forget, you were outnumbered by fools that day. That’s life.

  2. Hannah, 1000%.
    The so called most intelligent of all the species, wantonly soiling its on nest.
    Apparently we’ve stopped living in the environment these days and instead we live in an economy.


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