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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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NSW Drug Summit announced – finally

The NSW Labor government has finally delivered on their election promise to hold a NSW Drug Summit that will take place this year. 

Get their houses in order

Well David Heilpern may be discombobulated (Echo, July 3), but his use of the word Zionist as a derogatory...

Byron Writers Festival 2024: Bruce Pascoe Q&A

Byron Writers Festival guests Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood’s book Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a personal and beautiful reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on their farm. Here Bruce Pascoe answers some questions about the experience.

Tweed River dredging in July

Dredging to the entrance of the Tweed River will begin this month as part of the Tweed Sand Bypassing...

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Edward Kent’s letter, Wallum (June 26), tried to diminish the importance of the Save Wallum campaign to mere ‘piffle’, comparing its significance to the threat of ‘horrific large-scale destruction’ by large wind or solar farms to ‘the vast tracts of pristine wilderness’ in Queensland.

But is he really concerned about ‘such treasures’ or is he just wanting to discredit any renewable projects? He regards the net zero goal as a ‘fit of madness and corruption’ and assumes that all ‘so-called’ renewable projects have, and will, cause the same threat of destruction nationwide.

We would all agree that Queensland Labor shouldn’t allow any renewable development in areas of pristine wilderness. But currently there are only two Greens MPs (of the 47 nationwide) represented in the Queensland parliament. Their impact is limited, which may account for the passing of these projects in dubious locations.

Ironically, Steven Nowakowski’s concerns have led him to join up with Colin Boyce, a Liberal National MP and well-known climate-sceptic who is recently advocating nuclear power stations for Queensland. There’s little indication of his concern for pristine wildernesses or the environmental health of our planet.

Renewables in agriculture are gaining momentum, offering shade and shelter for livestock, and a financial buffer in times of drought. Many smaller regional towns are also benefiting from cheaper energy costs with local renewable energy projects. Maintenance roles are offering some regional employment opportunities.

The comparative small size of Wallum belies its significance for locally threatened species of plants and wildlife. Adjoining the Tyagarah Nature Reserve, it provided a refuge for wildlife fleeing from bushfires in the coastal heathland. Its coffee rock layers have absorbed floodwaters and protected the health of Simpson Creek and the Brunswick River from the effects of exposed acid sulphate soils.

Sue McLeod, Myocum

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