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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

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Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

Stories about "NBN towers":

Stop the NBN tower at Durrumbul Hall

Do you want a NBN tower in your back yard with its electro-magnetic-radiation (EMR)? No? The come and support the crew at Main Arm who are raising funds to stop the NBN tower being built at Durrumbul.

Main Arm NBN tower to go ahead

In another case of a community being ignored, NBN are going ahead with a 45-metre data tower for Main Arm.

NBN tower: concern over radiation and property values

The local community in Main Arm has expressed concern at the proposed 45m NBN tower currently slated to be installed within 500m of Durrumbul school and pre-school and local residents houses.

Schools too close? Not for NBN

NBN has defended its plan to build a tower within 500 metres of schools at Durrumbul, first denying the education department had a policy on the issue, then later saying that it didn't implement it.

Outrage at proposed NBN tower near school and pre-school: Durrumbul

A proposed 45m NBN tower within 500m of the local school, pre-school and residences has outraged the Main Arm community who are gathering this Thursday to highlight community opposition and voice their objection to the tower being built.

Council weighs in against NBN’s Coorabell tower

Residents opposed to an NBN tower close to their homes in Coorabell have been given assistance from Byron Shire councillors, who last week voted unanimously to ask that the tower’s construction halt until it is proven all requirements have been met.

NBN Co rolls on with tower despite concerns

A dispute over adequate consultation for a proposed fixed-wireless tower in Coorabell is just one of many issues residents face as NBN Co and Visionstream forge ahead in constructing the tower.

Concerns over Coorabell NBN tower

A proposed 49-metre lattice-style NBN tower has activated Coorabell residents after NBN avoided lodging a DA with Byron Shire Council.

Not much communication from NBN

Mike Stav, Mullumbimby. The so-called ‘community consultation’ by NBN Co at the Coorabell Hall last Thursday was a failure at both assembling the ‘community’ and...

Mobile phone towers reduce value

Anton Vanderbyl , Palmwoods. The federal Government is partnering with Telstra to erect 499 new mobile phone towers. One is planned for Possum Creek.

Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

Ballina man Ben Hamilton is riding his bike 500km to help young kids with cancer.

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour. According...

Helping Our Kids, help our kids

The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge kicks off tonight in Lismore with the express aim of raising much-needed funds for the Our Kids charity.

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.