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The choice of site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital has divided the community and raised questions over transparency, a lack of community consultation, and the fragmentation of state significant farmland.
Members of Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital From State Significant Farmland have highlighted a range of issues with the selected site.
Aside from their key claim that the site is state significant farmland, they point out that it is under a flight path which would limit use of emergency helicopters, and that road congestion would have a negative impact on Kingscliff residents and businesses.
Recognising the significant objections to both the site and process of site selection Health Infrastructure NSW, who are in charge of the development, have now responded to Tweed Councils request for a reference group to consider site options for the new hospital.
Speaking to Echonetdaily Mayor Katie Milne said The state government have invited the council to join the Health Infrastructure NSW reference group, and for council staff to provide technical advice.
We were really hoping to get some community members on the reference group but the state government havent offered that. Therefore, at council last night we voted to accept the offer and all councillors have accepted the invitation to join the group.
In a bid to address the lack of direct community involvement in the reference group, Tweed Council have called for expressions of interest from the community to establish a community reference group.
This will allow councillors to get information from the community in relation to community preferences and to work through the very complex questions about the various hospital sites wit the community, Cr Milne said.
Meanwhile, Local Nationals member for Tweed, Geoff Provest ha...
The Byron Bay to Lismore bus trial has been extended for the next 12 months ensuring that the 640X and the 641X bus trial services get a fair trial.
Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and the Member for Lismore Thomas George pointed out that they had listened to the communities positive feedback on the first six month trail and worked closely with the Minister for Transport over the past few months to make sure our communitys voices were heard loud and clear and to ensure the bus trial is extended.
Local Greens MP for Ballina had written to the minster several months ago requesting that the Minister to extend this trial.
I outlined that a six month trial wasnt a fair trial. It is wonderful that they have responded, they have obviously heard the community, said Ms Smith.
The 12 month trial for services 640X and the 641X will run until 30 June 2019.
The Byron Friends of Palestine Palestinemobile visited local MP Jusinte Elliots office yesterday to protest the Labor partys silence in the face of Israeli genocide.
Byron Friends of Palestine stated that Israel have now deliberately killed 55, including six children, and wounded 2,771 unarmed Gazans exercising their right under international law to the return of their stolen lands and property.
How much more Israeli terror does it take before Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull condemn these massacres? In his 3AW interview Mr Turnbull blamed Hamas for everything and claimed that Israel was defending itself, said Byron Friends of Palestines Gareth Smith.
Following the visit from the Palestinemobile yesterday local Labor MP Justine Elliot told Echonetdaily that The deaths and injuries of Palestinian protesters in Gaza are both shocking and tragic.
Labor urges Israel to show restraint. We support the right for peaceful protest and call on both sides to deescalate tensions. We support Israels right to exist within secure and recognised boundaries and the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
Australia, like most other nations, does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Jerusalem is claimed by both the Israelis and Palestinians and its status must be determined as part of an overall two-state solution.
A just two-state resolution will require recognising the right of both the Israeli and Palestinian peo...
Miss Amber and Stukuleles UKE Night
This month our UKE NIGHT theme is Outlaws and Cosmic Cowboys and we welcome back special guests Sara Tindley, Ash Bell and Justin Bannister and for the first time we welcome local legends Phil Levy, Steve Gilbert and Diego Zaragoza, collectively know as Backwater Brethren pictured below with Rod coe at the recent John Carter Cash fund raiser.
To me a Cosmic Cowboy is city slicker who dreams of a simple, free life in the country. Wikipedia says a Cosmic Cowboy has Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin, and The White Stripes on the same playlist. The country music OUTLAWS include: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser, David Allan Coe, Sammi Smith, and Tanya Tucker.
This is going to be a great night of big strumming countrified rock songs and ballads with a huge band to lead em.
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Ballinas Deputy Mayor, Keith Williams, is urging residents to complete the NSW DPI on-line Survey on Shark Nets before it closes this afternoon, warning that this will be the communitys last opportunity to have a say before the Minister decides the fate of future net trials.
Cr Williams said the data released in the community survey shows as twice as many dolphins killed in the nets as target species sharks (2), in addition to numerous turtles, Manta rays and other species.
Over the two trials we have now killed a total of eight dolphins. Our local Richmond River pod was only 60 animals when we started. Thats 10 per cent gone in a little over a year, we have officially decimated that population.
The nets have decimated local marine life, killing 193 marine animals including dolphins, seven turtles, and 105 rays said Jordan Sosnowski, advocacy director of Action for Dolphins.
The trials in Ballina have shown these death nets are not effective at protecting swimmers from shark attacks, said Ms Sosnowski.
There are almost 50 kilometres of beaches and just five nets in place, so the nets will never work to enclose and protect people from sharks. All they do is act as massive fishing nets, drowning threatened and endangered marine life.
In the community survey after the first shark net trial support for shark nets by Ballina residents fell from 52 per cent to 33 per cent, and 68 per cent of residents said the by-catch rate was unacceptable.
While NSW DPI made changes to the nets to reduce total by-catch, the by-catch rate actually worsened from 97 per cent to 98.5 per cent compared to the first trial, said Cr Williams.
When only two of 143 animals caught in the nets are target species yo...
Last Saturday, the Byron Bay Triathlon celebrated its 23rd annual edition with over 1100 participants plus an estimated crowd over 2500 spectators on hand to witness racing in four different distances.
With cool, clear and crisp weather, athletes were treated to favourable conditions for their cycle and run components.
The Juniors and Big Kids opened the days events, seeing over 80 kids take part.
Getting people active in sport, especially kids, is a big part of NXsports and seeing the little legends start the day was definitely a highlight for our crew, said Race Director Mike Crawley.Byron Bay Triathlon 12 May 2018
The cycle route for the race was refined for 2018 in order reduce the overall road impact, particularly around Suffolk Park.
Says Crawley, By focusing on a lap-based course, we were able to keep access in and out of Suffolk Park via Midgen Flat to the south.
Looking ahead to 2019, we will continue to make a few more minor adjustments to the course design in consultation and partnership with local feedback.
In the Elite Categories, Ben Cook took out the Mens title and Emily Donker won the Womens event....
The Brunswick Scouts are excited to announce the final line-up for this Saturdays Brunswick Scouts Fundraiser that is taking place at the Terrace Reserve from 11am till 4pm.
The free, family friendly and community event will feature local bands The Ratbags at 11.30am, Burning Hands at 1pm and Sugar Rush from 2.30pm said parent volunteer and organiser Sean Tonnet.
There are some amazing prizes to be raffled, including from one of our major sponsor, Footbridge Caf, as well as Go Sea Kayak, Byron Medi Spa and many more.
The SES will be there and the Brunswick Fire brigade will have their open day just across the road.
There will be great kids activities, beautiful setting and what looks like gorgeous weather, finished Sean.
Public art can be both empowering and challenging as well as challenged and the In.scribe Project, run by the Byron Youth Service, has been mentoring young creatives in the shire for many years.
The project has helped create public murals in Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Suffolk Park and at the Byron Community Centre.
A public art project is a great way to bring people together to celebrate their neighbourhood and feel a part of something bigger, says In.scribe facilitator, Karma Barnes.
Byron Youth Service is offering places in the in.scribe program, that is free for teen girls aged 12 to 18, to experiment and experience what street art has to offer.
Its an amazing opportunity for young people who are creative and want to see where they can take it, says Berri Drum, whos organising the program.
The street art program will be starting o May 30 and they are looking for teen girls who are interested in getting involved. For more information head to the Byron Youth Service In.scribe webpage and submit your application.
Getting around in regional areas can be a challenge for those who no longer or never have had access to their own transport options. For the last thirty years the Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport (TBBCT) has been helping the elderly, people with disabilities, their carers and others who have difficulty accessing public transport, or are disadvantaged by the lack of transport options to get around the region.
And now TBBCT is holding a special celebratory brunch this Sunday, to honour its volunteers and mark its 30th anniversary at Banner Park, Brunswick Heads from 9am till midday.
Community Transport volunteers meet a vital need in the community. They drive older people, people with a disability and others who cant access mainstream transport to medical and other appointments and help out on our social and shopping buses, said Phil Barron CEO, Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport.
Last year TBBCT provided 74,489 trips, assisting 5,002 individuals and driving a total of 2,309,159 passenger kilometres.
Every day we receive feedback from our community members, in praise of our volunteers. For their kindness, caring and for the feeling that they are in good hands, continued Phil.
Our volunteers make Community Transport happen they are at the coal-face, dealing with parking, traffic snarls, assisting people with complicated mobility issues, bringing their passengers from anywhere in our region. Without the dedication, care and commitment of our volunteer teams, wed be up the creek.
Celebrating the amazing contribution that these volunteers give to the community there will be a feast, entertainment and special guests Tamara Smith MP and Asren Pugh for Justine Elliot MP.
We want to use this Sunday, 20 May, on the eve of National Volunteers week, as a time to consider the incredibly positive and important impact our volunteers have on our community, to thank them and to...
From shark nets to fishing line there are many human made dangers in the ocean for marine creatures. Fortunately for one Green sea turtle, now called Winona, Australian Seabird Rescue were called in time to rescue her from Evans head
The turtle had fishing line embedded into her right flipper and also some line was found trailing from her mouth, said the general manager of Australian Seabird Rescue, Kathrina Southwell.
She was sent to our vet for an xray and there was no sign of any hooks internally so the fishing line was removed. Her flipper wounds were flushed daily and she received a course of antibiotics in case of infection.
When Winona first came into care she weighed 12kg but at her time of release on Wednesday she had put on a healthy three kilograms. Leigha Aitken, who volunteers with Australian Seabird Rescue and Sea Shepherd, got to be the one to release Winona go back into the ocean off the coast of Ballina at the southern side of Flat Rock.
Australian Seabird Rescue said they would like to thank Sea Shepherd for bringing transparency to the community with their footage of marine life caught in the shark nets during the second trial.
Sea Shepherd Spokesperson Allyson Jennings said We welcome this amazing opportunity to support Australian Seabird Rescue in the release of this Green sea turtle back into its ocean home without the risk of it ending up entangled and potentially dying in a shark net. We hope it lives a long life swimming freely thanks to the incredible care it received from Australian Seabird Rescue volunteers.
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