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Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped cross from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

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Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped cross from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

Ongoing roadworks

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Illawarra and Tweed in NSW police sting

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Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.

Affordable housing

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Greenhouse emissions increase by 40 per cent

The Global Nitrous Oxide (N₂O) Budget, released today, reveals anthropogenic (human-induced) N₂O emissions have increased by 40 per cent in the past four decades, with the period between 2020-2022 showing an accelerated rate of growth. 

The finalists and winners for the 2023 Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures photo competition, Heath Morgan, Damian Rousch, Oshia Drury, Nell Schofield, Mike New, Mark Seiffert, Christian McCulloch and Dexter Jou. Photo tree Faerie.

Brunswick Heads librarian, Mark Seiffert, is the overall winner of this year’s Simple Pleasures Photo Competition, with his entry ‘Fog Captain’, taken on the Bruns River on a cold morning.

Bruns librarian, Mark Seiffert, with his winning photo ‘Fog Captain’. Photo Tree Faerie.

Seiffert loves to take photos, and often shares his beautiful shots of Bruns on the local Facebook page. 

He is currently taking photos of locals, and telling their stories though his page ‘Humans of Bruns’.

In its 18th year, the competition is still a much-loved local event – around 80 entries were judged this year by photographer Davina Bambrick, John Humphries from the Hotel Brunswick, and The Echo’s Eve Jeffery.

Awards at pub

On Friday, presentations were made at the Hotel Brunswick. The winner in the children’s category was 10-year-old Heath from Ocean Shores, whose photo of a seagull was a favourite of the judges. 

In the adult category, a stylish and dramatic photo of the lifesaver’s tower before a storm was the winning entry, by Pottsville resident, Damian Rousch.

Rousch told The Echo that photography is his way to connect with nature, and to better see thing he previously didn’t notice.

Sponsors for the comp were North Coast Lifestyle Properties, Brunswick River Inn, Brunswick Heads Pharmacy, Byron Photo Magic, Vision Walks, Paramount Publications, Brunswick Seaside Holidays, Crystal Castle, Brunswick Picture House and Ocean Shores Tavern.


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