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Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

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A short history of cruelty

Anthony Albanese went to the last election promising to end live sheep exports from Australia. This rubbery promise has since been rolled back to his government's second term (assuming they get one). The independent panel's long-awaited report to the federal government on the issue has now also been delayed, from this week to late October.

Misanthropic disGrace

Hannah Grace’s recent letter ‘Benefits of microplastic’ might be considered a sick joke, but over the years misanthropy has...

Start saving water now say Tweed Council – water restrictions may be weeks away

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared an El Nino weather pattern, with less-than-average rainfall forecast for the Northern Rivers this year. Tweed Council is reminding residents and visitors that it is important to save water.

School holidays: farmers’ market fun

It’s an image still with me, the little boy dancing in front of the stage, face split into a smile of pure joy, orange balloon floating from his fingers, his father bopping alongside.

Editorial: It’s a done deal!

Congratulations to Council staff and Mayor Michael Lyon on convincing the NSW Labor government that Byron Shire is a unique place, and as such, it will now have a tailored holiday letting policy.

Close battle for Ocean Shores golfing glory

Will Fry held on through a gripping finish to claim the annual Ocean Shores Men’s Golf Championships two weekends...

Big companies use lobbyists, often ex-ministers, to gain access to current ministers.

What deals are done at their meetings? Perhaps bribery in the form of million-dollar donations, none of which are made public.

A Voice would go some way to giving Indigenous people the same access to politicians.

Under the current system individual appeals and even the voices of Indigenous politicians are so often ignored.  

Who better than Indigenous people themselves to advise solutions to their problems?

The Voice will be a panel of Indigenous people, elected by their own communities, who can advise government on their issues and needs.

A ‘No’ vote means a continuation of the same policies which have failed time and time again.

A ‘Yes’ vote will mean new policies based on the knowledge and advice of Indigenous Australians.

L Clarke, Ballina

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    • IMHO that’s not all a no vote means.
      We’re not voting on other possibilities, we never have, & look at what that has created. There are no other possibilities being discussed by anyone with any commitment to wanting positive change & better futures.

      • So you’re saying the problem is that only this one idea is on the ballot, so all ideas should be put on there so that people can choose which they think is actually appropriate? That’s a good idea!

  1. Actually Christian a no vote seems to send a message of refusal of possibilities. Look at the referendum brochure: nothing inspirational in the no argument just name calling, mythical conspiracies , nothing constructive eg section on their is a better way:nothing there proposing an alternative just whinging. The voice proposes possibilities and how can you have recognition without a voice?


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Weed exit and smiley koalas get support

Weed and smiley koalas were on the minds of Tweed Shire Councillors and staff at last week’s council meeting.

Another wallaby death on beach prompts calls on dog owners 

A Byron local says a dead wallaby found on Belongil beach last Saturday had all the hallmarks of a dog attack, and is calling on the public to be more vigilant and for authorities to step up to help protect native wildlife.

A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

How do you rate the media rating system?

Parents are being asked to have a say on whether Australia’s media classification system is effective in informing decisions around age-appropriate films and video games for children.