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September 22, 2023


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Editorial: Be more like Gavin Newsom

The US state of California is suing five major fossil fuel companies over their contribution to the climate crisis.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Big Polluters are Getting Off

Offsets don’t work. They have become a licence to pollute. What we actually need is a reduction in carbon emissions, not carbon-emitting industries to greenwash their impact by investing in a solar farm or planting saplings. While it’s nice to know that big polluters are keen to invest in green industry it would be better if they just stopped polluting. You know what’s better than offsets?

Cinema: Stanno arrivando gli italiani!

Palace Cinemas are thrilled to announce a great lineup for the 2023 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival showcasing an incredible selection of new Italian cinema celebrating the country’s language, stories and culture. 

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.

Teenager glassed outside Byron pub

NSW police say a man has been charged over the alleged glassing of a teen at Byron Bay yesterday.

Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra is a Real Gem

Season two of the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra sees performances of Classical Gems conducted by Chen Yang in two shows with concert one on Sunday, 24 September at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre and concert two on Sunday, 8 October at Bond University.

Basketballers head to the Cavanbah Centre for carnival

Byron Bay Basketball Association held their senior carnival at the Cavanbah Centre last weekend in preparation for hosting Sunshine...

Hans Lovejoy’s article on the Lavertys Gap Water Filtration plant gives cause for some serious questions.

Dominika Tomanek, Executive Assistant Infrastructure Services, seems to have made a recommendation to the elected Council to ignore the Water & Sewer Committee’s recommendation and follow the staff’s strategy. Firstly, what qualifications does Dominika Tomanek have in the field of water treatment and hydraulics? 

Secondly, should it not be the director of infrastructure asking the committee to discuss this issue after presenting staff concerns and letting the committee make their recommendation?

Why has a staff member of Rous been sitting in on the Water & Sewer Committee meetings? 

It is obvious that the Department of Infrastructure wants the Mullumbimby water supply handed over to Rous but how does this benefit the residents of Mullumbimby and what happens to the residents who are delivered water straight from the plant? Tell them to get tanks and see you later?

Other questions are: how is Rous going to get the water to the existing reservoir; and who is going to pay for the infrastructure to get the water there?

This is much the same as the attempt to close the Ocean Shores treatment plant, did that strategy go before the committee or straight to the elected Council? 

I went to that Council meeting and witnessed the director of infrastructure indicate that the staffer was responsible. The directors are responsible for what happens beneath them, in this case, the director of infrastructure is responsible for ensuring accurate information is supplied for people to assess for the betterment of the community and Council.

Alan Dickens, Ballina

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