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Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

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Editorial: Dear Committee Secretariat

The federal Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has commenced a new inquiry into Australia’s regional newspapers (print...

Friends of Loft

Become a Friend of Loft with their new local loyalty member program. Enjoy member-only benefits and offers, invite-only events, and...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe...

Vax the child

I am writing about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations for children. I am and remain a vax-sceptic. My reasons are...

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

The Lord and that ‘dance’

Two things happened during the last week that perfectly illustrate the federal government’s position on religious discrimination in Australia.

Stories about "coal seam gas":

What’s going on with gas?

David Lowe According to the prime minister, we’re in the midst of a ‘gas-led recovery’. Until about five minutes ago, the gas in question was...

Editorial – Fossil fools buy seats at leadership table

Conspiracy theories abound these days. Most of them are feeble balloons that can be popped with one or two sharp facts, but a few contain some truth.

Gas rears its very ugly head yet again in NSW

Ahead of what environmental groups say will be an announcement on the gas industry, many are making pre-emptive strikes in the hopes of heading the Prime Minister off at the pass.

New CSG enquiry – NSW government dropped the ball

Back in 2013 the state government led by Barry O’Farrell commissioned the chief scientist, professor Mary O’Kane, to conduct a comprehensive review of CSG-related activities, focusing on the human health and environmental impacts of unconventional gas.

Power to the people: take the climate crisis into your own hands

If you had to walk a kilometre to pump your water from a well, do you think you would be careful how many drops you used?

Bentley blockaders to celebrate one year anniversary

Thousands stood firm against the threat of 800 riot police. They vowed never to bow to the miner. And it was that community solidarity which won the 'Battle of Bentley' a year ago. Now it's time to celebrate!

Clock is ticking on northern rivers CSG buyback

As of today, the clock is ticking. The Gasfields Free Northern Rivers is launching a countdown to the June 30 deadline set by the state government to buy back the Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 445, which covers most of the Lismore electorate and parts of the Clarence.

Is the National Party having a CSG change of heart?

Opponents of unconventional gas mining have welcomed reports that some NSW National Party politicians are lobbying their colleagues to support a ban on coal seam gas mining in the northern rivers region.

Appeal to bring Bentley Blockade to the big screen

Local filmmakers are launching a crowd funding appeal to help bring the story of the Bentley Blockade to the big screen. They want to create a feature length documentary that tells the story of the blockade and the social movement that led to it.

Another political voice calls for north coast CSG ban

Another conservative political voice has joined the chorus calling for a ban on coal seam licence from the north coast of new south wales.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

Reform needed to deliver electric trucks in Australia

With the aim of getting more electric-powered trucks on Australian roads, the Electric Vehicle Council and the Australian Trucking Association have collaborated to develop the policies necessary to drive Australian trucking into an electric future.

Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.