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Whian Whian public school kids are all in D-tension

The Whian Whian Public School whole school band, D-Tension, are preparing for their first gig of 2024 and it’s going to go off with a bang – or at least a flash of lantern light on Saturday in Lismore.

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Cartoon of the week – June 19, 2024

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The Village Grocer is shutting down

The supermarket near the roundabout in Byron, formerly known as Five Star, Handimarket, Spar Express and more recently as...

16-year-old Mullum boy summits Imja Tse

Back in 2017, nine-year-old local boy, Finn Marshall-Rosato, became the youngest Australian to trek to Everest Base Camp, unaided and carrying all his own gear. 

Do you have an IF?

When 12-year-old Bea moves into her grandmother Margaret’s apartment in New York, while her father waits for heart surgery in the same hospital where her mother died of cancer years earlier, she chafes against his playful antics, insisting she can handle the situation with maturity.

No ‘key worker’ or ‘affordable housing’ for Ballina Council’s Wollongbar development

On the second last piece of Ballina Shire Council-owned residential land they have decided to develop the land with no affordable or public housing components. 

Spanish Film Festival

It’s fiesta time as the 2024 HSBC Spanish Film Festival, presented by Palace Cinemas, prepares to set screens alight with a superb selection of the finest new films from Spain and Latin America. The festival’s largest lineup to date opens nationally in June at Palace Cinemas.

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Unpacking the Gladys Trap

I met former NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, when we were working for NSW Liberal Opposition Leader, Peter Collins, in 1996. She was my friend, who referred to me for two decades as her mentor. 

Ballina not taken for granted as MP Tamara Smith pursues re-election

The Ballina electorate is one of the key seats to watch in this month's NSW state election, with a three way tussle between the Greens, Labor and the Nationals, and the result likely to be decided by preferences. With a background in teaching and the law, the Greens' Tamara Smith has represented the region since she was elected in 2015, riding the anti-CSG wave, and then re-elected in 2019 with a 4.7% swing.

Editorial – Secret governments are untrustworthy

The small amount of information that Resilience NSW supplied a resident regarding their GIPA request was wrong

Stuart Ayres resigns Deputy Leadership over Barilaro posting

Stuart Ayres, the Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport has resigned both positions following an independent investigation into the appointment of John Barilaro, Former Deputy Premier of NSW, to a New York trade position. 

No time for complacency – this is just the beginning

What a blessed relief! Are most of you, like me, still breathing a little more easily? The election has delivered ‘a seismic shift in Australia’s political landscape’.

Storylines: Committing to change

Dr Bronwyn Bancroft disdain the current crop of politicians and bureaucrats 'who build walls; impenetrable walls of misinformation, and disguise corruption as expedient to being elected to office'.

Gladys just doesn’t get it? Bullshit.

The rules are lost to the dark art of time, but when I was younger, we used to play a card game called ‘Bullshit’...

When will rational discourse drive the government to action?

I think I have an anger management problem. Those close to me have suggested none-too-subtly that when I read an article that upsets, I could perhaps focus on taking out my angst on inanimate objects rather than sentient beings. Fair point really

And pork barrelling!

Ron Curran, Ocean Shores Is there any minister in the Morrison cabinet who has not been implicated in some way by rorts, cover-ups, shonky deals, illegal...

Do only losers have honour?

There’s a sense in the air that a culture change may be on the way. The need for change has become abundantly clear since the notion of honour disappeared from public life.

Byron Council candidates jostle for position

It was the type of motion that comes up at Byron Council quite regularly – a broad, uncontroversial political statement that is unlikely to make a difference in the grand scheme of things. 

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: PFAS-ed Off

Whenever a cloudy day hits Mullumbimby we all know it’s only a matter of time before someone’s on a community Facebook group warning people about chemtrails. I’ve sat in a Meet the Candidates and heard an audience member ask an MP what they are going to do about chemtrails and watched them squirm.

Mullum phone tower

In response to Paul Taylor re: the Mullum phone tower.  Paul, perhaps you might gain more understanding of ‘belligerent mobs’ if you looked a bit...

Contradicted council

Local government elections are scheduled for 14 September 2024 and ‘Team Cadwallader’ of Ballina Shire Council have scored an own goal in promoting a...