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Thursday, 19 October

15:52

Support community investment in Sapphire Wind Farm and go in the draw to win an iPad! Sustainable Living Armidale

Early results show strong support for community investment in the Sapphire Wind Farm but more expressions of interest are needed for this groundbreaking project to go ahead. Learn more and complete our online survey to win an iPad. Sapphire Wind Farm will undoubtedly have environmental benefits. However community investment would also significantly increase the economic benefits for [...] full article 

15:51

Progressive Cinema presents film This Changes Everything Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Tuesday, 24 Oct; 7:00 pm; ] Progressive Cinema presents This Changes Everything Tuesday 24 October 7pm McCrossins Mill Uralla Inspired and narrated by Naomi Klein, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of climate change, from Montanas Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Klein connects the carbon in [...] full article 

15:41

5th solar power bulk-buy block closing Tuesday 31 October Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Tuesday, 31 Oct; 5:00 pm; ] Final orders for the 5th block of the solar power bulk-buy are closing with enough time to ensure that all installations are completed before the end of this calendar year. This timing is important as it means participants will be ahead of the next reduction in solar credits (which happens on 1 January 2018). If you are [...] full article 

15:40

The Victorian Government has just announced they will ban single-use plastic bags! Sustainable Living Armidale

It took some time, but at last, we will have a ban on single-use plastic bags in Victoria. Thank you for being a part of this tidal wave of change! Plastic pollution travels easily from land to sea. It blows in from bins and garbage dumps, or flows through stormwater drains into our waterways and eventually [...] full article 

15:35

Frontline Action on Coal Sustainable Living Armidale

Front Line Action on Coal started in August 2012 and grew from Australias first coal mine blockade. The #LeardBlockade was established in response to Whitehaven Coals proposed Maules Creek mine and other coal mining operations in the critically endangered Leard State Forest. Having had enough of corrupt politicians putting the interests of mining companies over all else, people from [...] full article 

15:20

Oven Mountain pumped hydro between Armidale and Kempsey Sustainable Living Armidale

A $1 billion, 600MW pumped hydro project is being proposed on private land in northern New South Wales, in yet another example of the extraordinary interest in storage technologies as the share of low-cost renewables increases across Australia. A company called Oven Mountain Pumped Storage is proposing the facility which will have round six hours [...] full article 

15:15

The truth about gas Sustainable Living Armidale

The Australia Institute has been hard at work debunking the gas lies and econobabble. Because the simple the truth is, we have enough cheap easy-to-extract gas in Australia to last 100 years. As Australia Institute advisor, Mark Ogge, wrote in Crikey theres just one problem: private corporations are selling it all overseas. Hard to believe, isnt it? [...] full article 

14:56

Child approach near Tweed Heads Local News Echonetdaily

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Police are appealing for public assistance following a child approach in the states north yesterday.

About 3.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 18 October 2017), police have been told a 13-year-old girl was walking on Prince Street, Murwillumbah, when a rusty red four-door sedan car pulled up next to her.

Police have been told the man spoke to the girl and offered her a lift but she ran home and reported the incident to her mother.

Police attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command commenced an investigation.

Officers wish to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man has been described as having a dark complexion, aged between 35-45, medium build, dark hair with a crew cut hairstyle, stubble and wearing a tattered white or cream singlet.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page here.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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14:31

US Court Rules EPA Must Release Details on Enlist Duos Harm to Endangered Species Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare

Responding to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge has ruled Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to justify withholding more than 140 documents on the harm to protected wildlife, including Whooping Cranes, from the highly toxic pesticide Enlist Duo.

The case involved the EPAs controversial decision to approve use of Enlist Duo in 16 states even though the agency found the herbicide likely puts dozens of endangered and threatened species at risk.

Thursdays ruling indicated the EPA must be much more forthcoming in revealing the science that underpins its decisions on pesticides harms to endangered plants and animals.

Calling the EPAs reasons for withholding the documents on Enlist Duo jumbled and disorganized, the judge wrote that the agency inspired little confidence that it has adequately kept track of each withheld document or fully considered, let alone explained, the basis for withholdings.

Enlist Duos maker, Dow Chemical, pushed the EPA to approve the pesticide to combat the superweed epidemic fueled by overuse of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

During research on Enlist Duo, a Center scientist discovered that Dows patent applications regarding the pesticides two components 2,4-D and glyphosate showed synergy, or heightened toxicity, between the two ingredients in 99 out of 99 experimental conditions. Yet after reviewing four Enlist Duo studies provided by Dow to the EPA the agency concluded there is no synergy between glyphosate and 2,4-D.

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that both 2,4_D and glyphosate are probable carcinogens.

This article was released by Sustainable Pulse on 30th September. You can read the full article here.

The post US Court Rules EPA Must Release Details on Enlist Duos Harm to Endangered Species appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

14:21

France Set to Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides over Next 5 Years Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare

The French Government has said that France is open to phasing out the Worlds most used weedkiller glyphosate over the next five to seven years. This has followed complaints from farmers worried about a potential imminent ban. However, a failure to renew the license by the end of the year would see such a ban kick in automatically on Jan. 1, 2018. French farmers welcomed the prime ministers statement.

A government source also said France, the EUs largest grain grower and exporter, was asking the Commission to present a plan for phasing out glyphosate, but denied any timeframe had been set.

The post France Set to Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides over Next 5 Years appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

14:08

Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare

Whitewash has been written by Carey Gillam an ex-Reuters journalist who covered agriculture in the US for nearly 20 years. She fell foul of Monsanto as she covered the whole picture and not just the bits they wanted exposed. They continually complained about her to Reuters. The editors changed and no longer supported her. She now works with US Right to Know.

Whitewash: Carey Gillam

Whitewash reads like a mystery novel, as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsantos secretive strategies to convince countries around the world that its Roundup products were safe. The book unravels a tapestry of pesticide industry tricks to manipulate the scientific truths about their products while placing profits above human health and the environment. As someone who has experienced similar actions by corporations firsthand in my work far too often, I am hopeful that Careys book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.
Erin Brockovich Consumer advocate and environmental activist

The book is available from Carey Gillams website.

The post Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

13:57

EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare

EU regulators collaborated with Monsanto for glyphosate approval renewal. This article was published in GM Watch on 15th September and outlines how Germanys Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and then the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) collaborated with Monsanto to hoodwink the EU assessment of glyphosate and to oppose and undermine the determination by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate (and 2,4-D) were probable carcinogens.

You can read the full article here.

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13:15

Users and groups in Debian: getting it right

So ideally when I set up a new computer, I want all the users I trust including, by necessity and regrettably, myself to be in the staff group, and all the files they create to be by default writable by anyone in that group. This ought to be easy, and in fact now is, but has changed repeatedly over the decades I've been using Debian GNU/Linux, so I can never remember how it's done.

11:25

Evidence complete in Murwillumbah stabbing case Local News Echonetdaily

The brief of evidence against a man who stabbed a Murwillumbah father who was trying to save his son from being injured in a wild brawl at Knox Park in June is complete.

James Paul Alderton went to Coles at Murwillumbah on June 6, according to police and allegedly stole a Wiltshire kitchen knife before he made his way to nearby Knox Park.

It was in the park, about 12.30pm that police said a wild brawl erupted involving about 30 people.

Emergency services were called to the park on Brisbane Street and when they arrived they found three injured men suffering stab wounds.

Police said witnesses reported Charles Henry Larter was trying to save his 18-year-old son Zackery, when both men were allegedly stabbed multiple times by Mr Alderton.

Mr Larter, 46, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

Zackery Larter was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Another man, 29-year-old Joshua Mead was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries.

He was later discharged.

Police arrested Mr Alderton at the scene and he was taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was questioned and charged with the murder of Mr Larter.

The 32-year-old was charged murder, with two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to Zackerys and Joshuas injuries, and larceny.

He was refused police bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on June 7 where he was again refused bail.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Alderton was represented by solicitor Tracey Randall.

The court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Alderton was complete and had been served on the defence.

Ms Randall requested his matters be adjourned to allow time for negotiations with the prosecution regarding the charges.

She did not apply for bail for Mr Alderton, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes adjourned Mr Aldertons matters until December 5 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Alderton is expected to appear via videolink from jail at his next appearance.

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11:19

Alleged bikie murder accuseds partner arrested Local News Echonetdaily

Thirty-three year-old Phil Becker has been charged with the murder of alleged debt enforcer Ace Hall (pictured) in Tweed Heads. Photo Facebook

Thirty-three year-old Phil Becker has been charged with the murder of alleged debt enforcer Ace Hall (pictured) in Tweed Heads. Photo Facebook

Evidence against Phillip Becker over the alleged murder of a bikie debt enforcer in June is still being compiled, while yesterday his partner was extradited from Queensland and charged by police.

The 33-year-old, who is charged with the murder of Ace Hall, had his appearance in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from jail cancelled.

It is alleged Mr Becker shot 31-year-old Mr Hall in the stomach at a Tweed Heads industrial area on June 24.

Mr Hall was taken to Tweed Heads hospital by his girlfriend and another man but died during surgery.

He was not known by police as a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, but an associate of a club who police believe was a debt enforcer.

Police secured the scene of the incident and forensically examined a car believed to be linked to the shooting and a number of other items in Steep Street.

Investigations by police led to the arrest of Mr Becker on June 26.

When he appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on June 27, his extradition to NSW was granted.

After being charged with Mr Halls murder, Mr Becker was refused bail.

Mr Beckers partner Emma Thorley was arrested by police on Monday after police established a joint strike force between the NSW State Crime Commands Homicide Squad, Tweed Byron detectives and Queensland police to investigate Mr Halls death.

She appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday October 18, where her extradition to NSW was granted.

Ms Thorley, 27, will appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today.

On Tuesday, Mr Becker was represented at Lismore Local Court by solicitor Cameron Bell.

The court heard there was still essential material outstanding from the brief of evidence against Mr Becker, and his partner had been arrested over the incident.

Mr Bell did not apply for bail for Mr Becker, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes ordered the brief of evidence against Mr Becker to be served on the defence by November 21.

She adjourned his matters until December 5 at Lismore Local Court.

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11:12

Get heard about flood recovery Local News Echonetdaily

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

How do you think the flood recovery went in your area? Was it good, bad or ugly? It has been around six months since Cyclone Debbie hit the north coast and there are still plenty of people and business who are just getting back onto the feet.

The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) are doing a survey looking at the impact of this years floods on community wellbeing across the Northern Rivers and they want to hear from as many people in the community as possible.

Project co-ordinator Dr Veronica Matthews from UCRH says, We want to hear from as many local people as possible to give us the full picture of the impact of the floods on our health and wellbeing in rural cities, towns and villages. 

Weve had great community support for this, and wed like people to keep getting the word out. The more responses we have, the more valuable the evidence we gather about flood recovery. So everyone who fills it out is helping the broader community.

This survey is for EVERYONE 16 years and over, whether your home, business or property was flooded or not, across the Lismore, Tweed Byron, Kyogle, Ballina, and Richmond Valley, local government areas.

This will be valuable information because our region is a hot spot for natural disasters.

The survey runs until November 6 and is available online here. Hard copies of the survey are available at local libraries,  Lifeline and Salvation Army stores. Or by calling UCRH on 6620 7570

UCRH Director Ross Bailie says This is an opportunity to turn ou...

10:59

Artists with disabilities to showcase their works Local News Echonetdaily

Art Therapist Cheryl Bailey with artist Alanah Ramsay. (supplied)

Art Therapist Cheryl Bailey with artist Alanah Ramsay.
(supplied)

A group of artists with disabilities are preparing for their maiden art expo which will be held in Mullumbimby next month.

The five artists are all clients of REDinc Byron Shire, which has been serving the Byron Shire community for nearly ten years, and recently moved to Mullumbimby.

The artists, most of whom have autism and physical disabilities, have been working with art therapists to prepare their works to go on display.

REDinc. Byron Shire Manager, Stacey Cannicott said the expo would take place at 22 Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby, on Friday, 10 November from 6pm.

There has been some truly amazing art produced by the REDinc. artists with a disability and this event is an opportunity for the local community to come and enjoy their work, Ms Cannicott said.

We welcome locals to come and join us for drinks, nibbles and art.

REDinc., established nearly 30 years ago by families, continues to serve the communities of the North Coast of NSW; with venues in both Lismore and Mullumbimby.

The Mullumbimby branch currently has 19 clients.

To find out more about REDinc. please visit www.redinc.org.au

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10:43

Committee to question health care clients in Lismore Local News Echonetdaily

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

People who have had recent dealings with the health system in the Northern Rivers region are being urged to tell their story to a parliamentary committee visiting Lismore next week.

The NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee is conducting an inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW.

As part of its evidence gathering, the Committee will be visiting Lismore next Tuesday, 24 October.

The Committee is examining the effectiveness and adequacy of existing processes for monitoring and reporting on the delivery of health care services for the people of New South Wales.

Committee chair, Mr Bruce Notley-Smith MP said the inquiry presented a timely opportunity to examine whether health practitioners and administrators have sufficient information to deliver high quality services and whether patients and their carers are also provided with reliable information to make informed choices about accessing the health system.

In order to consult people who have had recent first-hand contact with the health system and to learn from their experience, the Committee will conduct a public forum to enable those who have made submissions and other interested members of the public to participate and engage in free and open discussion.

On behalf of the Committee I invite anyone who would like to make a contribution to the inquiry to come to the public forum to be held in the Lismore Workers Club, commencing at 2.00pm on Tuesday 24 October, Mr Notley-Smith said.

This forum will provide an opportunity for participants to make practical and constructive recommendations for the Committee to consider as part of its work and in writing its report.

The visit to Lismore will be followed by two days of formal public hearings at Parliament House in Sydney on 30 and 31 October 2017, where evidence will be taken from a range of agencies and peak organisations representing the health sector.

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10:40

Rid yourself of mossie breading grounds Local News Echonetdaily

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose fitting clothing, especially at dawn and dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Photo worldinhabit.com

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose fitting clothing, especially at dawn and dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Photo worldinhabit.com

Do you have spots around your hose that have water sitting in them? An old tyre or bucket, perhaps you just have a tub you collect water in for those dryer times? The recent rains have created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding and there are plenty of mosquito-0borne diseases that are ready to spread.

Tweed Councils pest management supervisor, Brian Falkner, said the rains, coupled with high tides, have caused temporary pools of water which provide great breeding habitat for mosquitoes. 

This is a concern, given the potential of serious mosquito-borne infections, as well as the general nuisance factor from these biting insects, Mr Falkner said.

As a matter of priority, Council has been carrying out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas by air and through ground works. We will be doing this on an ongoing basis while this problem persists.

An important message that we would like to send out to the community is that some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, poorly-aligned roof gutters and pot plant holders. It is very important that you dont let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae, he said.

 What you can do: 

  •   Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation
  •   Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition
  •   Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned
  •   Empty and refill pet water bowls and bird baths at least weekly
  •   Ensure all openings to water tanks and septic tanks are screened securely
  • ...

10:27

Byron uses steam to weed without chemicals Local News Echonetdaily

Council workers using the steam machine to weed a garden bed. (supplied)

Council workers using the steam machine to weed a garden bed. (supplied)

Byron Shire Council workers are using a new steam weeding machine to keep public areas free of weeds without using chemicals.

The mobile unit is being used by the councils open spaces team as part of efforts to stop using herbicides by 2018.

The councils Open Spaces manager Michael Matthews said the council resolved to phase out herbicides in 2015.

This machine is highly effective at killing weeds without the use of chemicals and I know that anything that reduces the use of herbicides will be welcomed by our residents, he said.

Staff are using it to kill weeds in and around childrens playgrounds which is a relief to many parents who feel strongly about the use of herbicides and other chemicals.

We are also using the steam weeder in retail areas of our towns and villages and other popular spaces such as picnic areas.

The steam weeder is a mobile unit operated by the Open Space team who use a wand to spray steam onto weeds and into the ground to penetrate their root systems.

An added bonus is that we are also able to use it as a steam machine to clean playground equipment, tables and paths, he said.

For many years our residents have been telling Council they are not happy with societys reliance on chemicals and we hear their concerns.

Byron Shire Council will continue to lead the region in finding innovative and effective ways to reduce chemical use in our community.

Mr Matthews said steam the machine, supplied by Australian company Weedtechnics, is regarded as one of the best and most efficient on the market.

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10:21

Celebrating positive mental health tomorrow Local News Echonetdaily

Cast of Byon Youth Theatre's Mind Made Me. Photo supplied.

Cast of Byon Youth Theatres Mind Made Me. Photo supplied.

A celebration of hope and recovery for people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their families and carers is taking place tomorrow at the Lismore Town Hall.

Wellways peer worker Leisa Hoffmann said the event was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate and increase awareness of mental health concerns.

This event is about celebrating stories of resilience, hope and recovery in our community. We want to see greater social inclusion and acceptance for people with a living experience of mental health, said Lisa.

The keynote speaker is NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Fay Jackson who is attending the breakfast for peer workers and those interested in peer work and is herself a peer worker.

Fay Jackson has a lived experience in addition to her official role as Deputy Commissioner and the General Manager of Inclusion with Flourish and is considered a great advocate in mental health.

The day of day celebration will include theatre performances by Byron Youth Theatre, Aboriginal dancers, Playback Theatre, art works on show, food and information.

Everyone is welcome so please come along share information and celebrate with us.

Byron Youth Theatre will also be performing the same production called Mind Made Me at the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby on October 25. For more information contact Leisa Hoffmann: lhoffmann@wellways.org.au

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09:58

Residents outraged at Pacific Highway upgrade Local News Echonetdaily

Residents Jay Mckenzie, Sue Whitman and Paul Tollan at the site where Ms Whiteman's gate to her property used to be. (supplied)

Residents Jay Mckenzie, Sue Whitman and Paul Tollan at the site where Ms Whitemans gate to her property used to be. (supplied)

Frustrated residents whose properties are in the way of the Pacific Highway upgrade from Wardell to Ballina are outraged at the loss of animal habitat and a lack of communication from the project managers.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading a campaign to raise awareness about the destruction of bushland, and the impacts on koalas and other animals in the area.

Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, films at the site of a recent bushfire along the proposed route. (supplied)

Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, films at the site of a recent bushfire along the proposed route. (supplied)

She is funding a short film, which is being shot by Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, to show the extent of the devestation being felt by residents in the area.

Ms Whiteman, who has been lobbying against the chosen route for 13 years, said 36 species of endangered native animals would be impacted by the highway route.

She is also concerned about the impact on domestic animals in the area, and has postposed an overseas working trip to ensure her own horses are safely away from the area when blasting for the new route begins.

Despite repeated requests for a schedule of blasting, Ms Whiteman said she has been forced to wait weeks for answers from the authorities.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

Meanwhile, Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan, who is chairman of the Bundjalung Elders Council, visited the site recently and was devastated by what he saw.

Like the residents, he was critical of animal exclusion fences that have...

08:34

Bikie feud blamed for Michael Martins Murwillumbah murder Local News Echonetdaily

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

Trouble with outlaw motorcycle gangs ended in the violent murder of Michael Martin at Murwillumbah in 2014, the barrister for the late mans son, who is charged with his murder, has told a Supreme Court jury.

Michael Martin jnrs counsel Gabriel Wendler told the jury at Lismore Supreme Court on Tuesday trouble with bikie gangs offered the most incisive account of events which resulted in Mr Martin snrs death.

On the night of April 6, 2014, Mr Martin snr and his friend Edmund Manning both suffered life-threatening injuries when they were attacked at Mr Martins unit.

Retribution came calling on that night and as a result he was assaulted and severely beaten up by these people, Mr Wendler told the jury.

If a bikie feud wasnt to blame, News Corp reported Mr Wendler said alcohol could have contributed to the April incident.

Given both Manning and the deceased were hardcore alcoholics (perhaps) they had a fight and inflicted these injuries on each other, Mr Wendler said.

The evidence available did not stack up to alleged admissions to murder made in a letter written by Mr Martin jnr to his wife Candace, Mr Wendler said, which he described as the ravings of a person with a history of mental illness.

Mr Wendler suggested it wasnt realistic, or common sense that Mr Martin jnr, who owed $27,000 in credit card debts, would use a sword to murder his father as it was a pretty messy way to do it.

He described the crown case as suspicion, speculation and conjecture.

By taking out the three life insurance policies on his fathers life, Mr Wendler said Mr Martin jnr was effectively wagering that his father life would end prematurely.

What he did was not illegalit was opportunistic, maybe callous you would say, but it was not illegal, Mr Wendler said.

But in his closing address on Monday, Crown Prosecutor Brendan Campbell said Mr Martin snr was the victim of a targeted campaign against him by his son.

Despite admitting Mr Martin snr was a shocking alcoholic who treated his family dreadfully, Mr Campbell said the 46-year-olds character didnt mean he wasnt worthy of the protection of society.

Mr Cam...

07:07

Culture Roundup: Thursday 19 October, 2017 Local News Echonetdaily

Pickering power

CHA-cropped

Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy. Charlie is a political junkie, a law graduate, and was the voice of his generation as a regular team captain for Generation X on Network Tens quiz show Talkin bout Your Generation. He was also on your TV screen every weeknight for five years as co- host of The Project, where the days news is dissected, digested and re-constituted by some of Australias funniest and smartest. In 2015 Charlie joined the team at ABC TV to premiere a news comedy show, a tonight show, a chat show and a panel show all in one The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He is joined by support Damian Power, three-time Barry Award nominee and widely regarded as one of the most exhilarating voices in Australian comedy. With Mandy Nolan as MC, this is one cracker of a show.

Byron Brewery | Thursday 2 November | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | $25. | Tix on trybooking.com/SLDY


Oktober for Club Byron

Club Byron is having its very first Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday two days filled with fun and entertainment for all. An Oktoberfest cannot be complete without traditional Bavarian food, beer from the region and, of course, entertainment. Live music inside for the adults, 14m obstacle course for the kids, face painting and, naturally, prizes for best dressed over both days. Oh yes, face painting may be the option for those who dont like dress-ups So whats on the menu? Bratwurst sausage and curry ketchup, and a botched roll; Knodel-poached potato dumplings in gravy and pork; German flamkucken, a thin-crust pizza with creme fraiche, sliced onion and speck that soaks up the beer And there will be beer. Lots and lots of beer!


From Bangalow to Chicago!

With two sellout productions (The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Shop of Horrors) under its belt, this November Bangalow Theatre Company puts its spin on the Broadway classic CHICAGO!

Yes, aspiring vaudevillian star Roxie Hart and a singing, dancing ensemble of some of the northern rivers finest performers are coming to Bangalows historic A&I Hall across two big weekends...

00:18

Be a hero - save an endangered Swift Parrot family today North Coast Voices


Swift Parrot
Lathamus discolor
Psittacidae
Critically endangered (Australian federal listing)
IUCN Red List
Image: Geoffrey Dabb/ Canberra Birds

Swift Parrots breed only in Tasmania and then fly across Bass Strait to forage on the flowering eucalypts in open boxironbark forests of the Australian mainland. While on the mainland, they are nomadic, spending weeks or months at some sites and only a few hours at others, determined by the supply of nectar. [Birdlife Australia
...

00:16

"Want to clear the pool of sharks? Ask the little lady. The sheilas are tough in Australia." North Coast Voices


Want to clear the pool of sharks? Ask the little lady. The sheilas are tough in Australia Im sure the North Coast Voices reader who sent me a link to this video along with that comment was boasting a bit as he said it.

Meet Melissa Hatheier of Cronulla

Image from ABC News, 11 October 2016

And this is Melissa tidying away a little Port Jackson shark at Oak Park Sea Pool, Cronulla, NSW





00:15

So troubled multinational Serco's staff are going to answer phone calls made to Centrelink in a Turnbull Government pilot program? North Coast Voices


Multinational Serco Group plc registered in England and Wales, with revenue in 2016 of an est. $5 billion and an underlying trading profit of est. $139 million, has made the news again.

One of its subsidiaries, SERCO CITIZEN SERVICES PTY LTD1 ABN:89 062 943 640, won this $53.75 million federal government contract commencing 7 September 2017:

CN ID: CN3460117
Agency: Department of Human Services
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2017
Category: Temporary personnel services
Contract Period:
7-Sep-2017 to 29-Oct-2019
Contract Value (AUD): $53,752,454.80
Description: Centrelink Call Centre Enhancements Initiative

On 11 October 2017 it was reported that the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge stated this contract was for a pilot commencing in late October 2017 would help reduce Centrelink call wait times.

An est. 250 Melbourne-based Serco staff will take calls about welfare payments in the three-year pilot program.

The ministers office stated: ...

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11:38

Appeal over serious charges being dropped in Casino fatal crash case Local News Echonetdaily

A supplied photo of Elle Underhill, who was killed in an accident near Casino.

A supplied photo of Elle Underhill, who was killed in an accident near Casino.

An appeal has been lodged with the Director of Public Prosecutions after serious charges were dropped against the driver of a car involved in a crash near Casino in 2015 which resulted in the death of a four-year-old girl.

Courteney Pearl Matthews was initially charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, over the December 18 incident in which Elle Underhill was killed.

The then 18-year-old Ms Matthews, who had just finished her HSC, was babysitting the policemans daughter when she was driving a red Mazda 323, along the Bruxner Highway about 1.20pm and she collided with a white Subaru Liberty about 10km east of Casino.

The impact of the collision tore the Mazda in half.

Sergeant Steve Underhill was one of the first members of emergency services on the scene and he found his two year-old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat next to Elle, suffering serious injuries.

On September 2, at Byron Bay Local Court, Magistrate Michael Dakin dropped the charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm against Ms Matthews.

Whether Ms Matthews was distracted by a text message, Mr Dakin said, or one of the children was having a tantrum as she claimed, would be decided by a jury.

Mr Dakin said the evidence before the court did not establish Ms Matthews drove the car in a dangerous manner.

He highlighted evidence from the driver following her before the crash, Harold Wray, who said Ms Matthews was travelling at less than the maximum speed permitted for a p-plate driver of 90km/h.

The matters were adjourned to Lismore Local Court on Tuesday where it was revealed an appeal had been lodged by the Lismore office of the DPP.

The court heard the local office of the DPP had lodged a report with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ODPP to consider ex-officio accounts in relation to the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death.

If the ODPP agrees with the report it can elect to take the matters to trial, effectivel...

10:53

MP calls on govt to spearhead Richmond River clean-up Local News Echonetdaily

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report and the overall river received a D-. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

The Richmond River received a D- in a. recent Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) wants the state government to chip in to help clean up the Richmond River.

In July, the Richmond scored a D- for river health in a scorecard compiled by Ecohealth and the University of New England.

Earlier in the year, an organisation of concerned community groups was formed to look at tackling the issue.

And Ballina Deputy Mayor Keith Williams has spearheaded creating a $300,000 budget for a council campaign to clean up the river.

But Ms Smith says an all-of-government approach is vital if the river, which is in a severe state of decline, is to be saved.

I have written to the Premier in support of Ballina Shire Councils request that I organise a NSW Government response to oversee the many different improvements needed to rehabilitate the 237km long Richmond and its tributaries, Ms Smith said.

Neglected for decades

The Richmond River is of national significance; it should not be left solely to local councils such as Ballina Shire Council or its ratepayers to bear the burden of rehabilitating a river that has been neglected by state government for decades.

Wonderful community groups such as OzFish and LandCare have been using donations and volunteer help to try to improve riverbanks by replanting trees, but they need state government help and funding.

When I was a child, oyster farming was a viable industry in Ballina and my grandfather was an avid fisherman here.

[Now] mud and silt cover the riverbed and tourists complain they are disappointed with the fishing. Invasive weeds are destroying native vegetation, adding to riverbank erosion and muddying the waters with soil.

Carp up, oysters down

Introduced carp species are causing further damage. The oysters are gone, with very few able to survive. This in turn limits the rivers natural filtration...

10:26

Mosquitos dive-bombing region Local News Echonetdaily

Mosquitos are breeding up around our region following recent rains and high tides. Photo Shutterstock

Mosquitos are breeding up around our region following recent rains and high tides. Photo Shutterstock

Have been slapping yourself uncontrollably recently?

Recent rains and high tides, have created pools of water all over our region, which are ideal breeding spots for mosquitoes  and they have responded by breeding up in droves.

Tweed Shire Council is calling on residents to help counter the problem by reducing mosquito breeding habitat around their homes.

The councils pest management supervisor, Brian Falkner, is concerned about the potential of serious mosquito-borne infections, as well as the general nuisance factor from these biting insects.

As a matter of priority, the council has been carrying out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas by air and through ground works. We will be doing this on an ongoing basis while this problem persists, Mr Falkner said.

An important message that we would like to send out to the community is that some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, poorly-aligned roof gutters and pot plant holders. It is very important that you dont let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae, he said.

What you can do:

  •   Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation
  •   Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition
  •   Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned
  •   Empty and refill pet water bowls and bird baths at least weekly
  •   Ensure all openings to water tanks and septic tanks are screened securely
  •   Place sand or fine gravel in pot plant trays, or flush them out weekly
  •   Keep ornamental ponds stocked with native fish species that will feed on larvae

For more information visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/PestManagement

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10:21

Shock-jock Jones to coach rugby squad for Lismore clash Local News Echonetdaily

Alan Jones will be coaching a rugby union side playing in Lismore next week. (file photo)

Alan Jones will be coaching a rugby union side playing in Lismore next week. (file photo)

Radio shock-jock Alan Jones is coming out of a 30-year hiatus to coach a rugby union team that will be playing in Lismore next Tuesday.

Jones will be coaching the international Barbarians squad, which will be playing against the Classic Wallabies at Lismores Crozier Field.

His team includes 17 Australian-based players with several being fringe players for the Wallabies.

The Barbarians line-up includes: Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Philip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, Taniela Tupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams and Tom Banks.

Between them, Quade Cooper, Matt Hodgson, Pek Cowan, Sam Carter, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Eto Nabuli and Luke Jones have played over 100 Wallabies Tests.

Jones is no stranger to coaching, having coached the Australian Wallabies team for four years after replacing coach Bob Dwyer in 1984.

During his reign, the Wallabies won 86 victories from 102 matches, including 23 victories in 30 tests.

Also in 1984, Australias national team, the Wallabies, won the Grand Slam victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and a Barbarians side made up of the best players of those countries and France.

In 1985, Jones was awarded Coach of the Year from the Confederation of Australian Sport and in 1988 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to rugby union.

Lismore City Councils Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said the game at Crozier Field was a match not to be mssed.

Hes got some very good talent in his Barbarians line-up and we are expecting a fierce competition, Mr Lowe said.

To have this level of elite rugby union being played in Lismore is fantastic for our city and for rugby union fans.

Tickets for the match are available at www.visitlismore.com.au and grandstand tickets are almost sold out.

 

 

 

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10:10

RE-STRUCTURE OF THE NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IN NSW Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition

The NSW Government is re-structuring the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).  This re-structure involves job losses, down-grading many officers to lower-paid  positions and changes to the regional structure of the organisation.  The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition is concerned about the effects this will have on management of the National Parks estate in our area as well as in other parts of the state.  We are also concerned about the effects of this restructure  - yet another re-structure under this government - to those who work for NPWS.

The CVCC has written to our local state member, Chris Gulaptis MP, and to the NSW Minister for the Environment,  Gabrielle Upton MP, about our concerns.

Below is the body of our letter to the Minister for the Environment.


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09:48

Woman charged over fatal shooting at Tweed Heads Local News Echonetdaily

A 27-year-old woman will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today after being extradited from Queensland in relation to the shooting death of a man at Tweed Heads earlier this year.

The woman has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder after being arrested on Monday by Queensland police.

Police attended the Tweed Heads District Hospital at 4.30pm on 24 June after receiving information that a man suffering a gunshot would had presented to the hospital.

The man, who has been formally identified as 31-year-old Ace Hall, died a short time later.

A joint strike force, named Vandell, was established, comprising the State Crime Commands homicide squad, Tweed/Byron police and Queensland police.

Queensland police arrested the 27-year-old woman on Monday and Strike Force detectives were granted extradition of the woman to NSW when she appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court.

She was charged at the Tweed Heads Police Station and refused bail to appear in court today.

 

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09:04

Departing shots at Byron Greens from founding member Local News Echonetdaily

Happier times: Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson, left, with former Byron councillor Tom Tabart. Photo supplied

Happier times: Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson, left, with former Byron councillor Tom Tabart. Photo supplied

More sorrow than anger, is how former councillor and Greens party member Tom Tabart describes his parting words on the Byron Greens as he leaves the area for Geelong in Victoria.

Tabart portrays a largely disengaged Greens membership with Greens councillors uninterested in participating in monthly meetings. Greens policy positions on contentious local issues are also being stalled by the mayor, he claims.   

The Greens, along with other left -leaning councillors, won a thumping majority at the 2016 Council election.    

Tabart told The Echo, All three Greens councillors are still very much under mayor Simon Richardsons influence, he says, as they have virtually no background in council realpolitik. General manager Ken Gainger runs them like a clockwork train. 

With claims of around 200 Greens members, Tabart says the monthly meetings are lucky to get 20 regulars, who think mayor Simon Richardson is wonderful because of his media presence.

The older hard-core members are largely engaged with state matters and organising elections. They would really rather not know what Simon and his three novice followers are up to at the last group meeting no councillor attended.

Tabart says along with himself, Chris Harris Jones, former MLC and mayor Jan Barham, they have been blindsided by general disinterest and the mayors filibustering over their attempts to introduce policy positions for the Byron Greens.

It looks like this will now flounder, he said.

A draft policy supplied to The Echo by Tabart included positions and recommendations on the Byron Shire sewerage plants and re-use issues, holiday let/Airbnb, the Myocum tip, North Byron Parklands and Byron traffic management issues.    

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08:41

Tales of employee exploitation and how to avoid it Local News Echonetdaily

penalty-rate-changes-tablePaul Bibby

Michael* needed a job and he needed one fast.

With just $3 left in his bank account, the young traveller went from shop to shop in Byron Shire asking the owners and managers if they had any work going.

A day or two later, the owner of a local takeaway hired him as a casual on the front counter, offering plenty of hours and payment in cash.

It wasnt until weeks later that Michael realised that the $15 hourly rate he was getting was way below the minimum wage.

I was doing ridiculous hours during the night working with mad drunk customers who were coming in, he says.

I think when you really need the money, you just say thank you even if its a low wage and its all off the books.

I didnt realise it was below minimum wage.

For many in the region, Michaels story is all too familiar.  

A series of interviews conducted by The Echo with local hospitality workers and the Northern Rivers Legal Centre has revealed that, despite government promises to crack down on exploitation, the practice remains alive and well within some businesses.

The workers, mostly in their 20s and 30s, said they had experienced underpayment of wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid and underpaid work trials, and poor working conditions.

Some also expressed concern about cuts to weekend and public holiday penalty rates, which will now go ahead unhindered after a union challenge was defeated in the Federal Court last week.

However, the workers The Echo interviewed stressed that there were many fair and decent employers in the local hospitality industry who deserved to be acknowledged.

In the other places Ive worked, I was treated much better, Michael says of his experience after he left the take-away outlet about a month after starting.

You can see the difference straight away when you find a good place.

40% of workforce

Figures from Byron Shire Council show that the food and accommodation industries are among the largest employers in the shir...

08:24

Mullumbimby affordable ecovillage proposed Local News Echonetdaily

Photo timbercabinsaustralia.com

Photo timbercabinsaustralia.com

Malcolm Price

Gentrification and the housing boom have impacted significantly on our community.

Young adults and families, older people, especially women, and people with limited incomes, have been displaced or locked into extreme housing stress.

There are virtually no stable, low-cost, affordable housing options to rent or buy.

Even the many recently created backyard granny flats have tended to be appropriated for short-term Airbnb rental. The result is rapid destructive change in our small community, forcing people with limited financial means to move away from their social networks or live in poverty.

Social Habitat Housing Inc is proposing a community-led, not-for-profit, tiny- house ecovillage and affordable-living project that will be environmentally sustainable and genuinely low cost. The first village is proposed to be located on council-owned land adjoining the Mullumbimby Community Garden.

The heart of the housing model uses a reinvention of the manufactured home estate to create three hamlets of approximately 50 dwellings each. Low-cost housing will be achieved by small energy- efficient modular dwellings (30120sqm), on small lots of 100200sqm. At the heart of each hamlet, there will be both a physical and virtual community hub including:

  • An internet platform/app to help manage affordable living community services, such as power and telecommunications;
  • A village green;
  • A large community shed that houses a community kitchen, workshop; up to 100kW of solar panels on the roof and rental work space;
  • Streets will be planted with fruit trees; and
  • The surrounding verge of each hamlet managed as food gardens, either communal or rental allotments.

The overall compactness of each hamlet site means it is relatively low cost to provide this supporting infrastructure.

The initial project will transform the degraded, council-owned cow paddock beyond and around the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

It begins by digging out existing sedimented waterways to restore natural flows and detention on the floodplain.

The earth will be deposited to form three raised hum...

07:58

Byrons Velvet Cafe inspires writers Local News Echonetdaily

Velvet Cafe mural. Photo supplied.

Velvet Cafe mural. Photo supplied.

There were over 100 entries into the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition and the winners of the three categories have now been announced. Entrants were asked to use the mural on the cafe wall as inspiration for their 300 word short stories.

So many of the stories captured the feeling of the Velvet mural in inventive ways, said one of the judges Tristan Bancks, author of Two Wolves and My Life and Other Stuff series.

Short stories are difficult because they require so much character, emotion and story to be conveyed in so few words, but the stories were so strong, we found it difficult to choose a winner.

Velvet Cafe doesnt just want to offer great food said owner Annie ORourke.

When Velvet Byron Bay was first conceived, we wanted it to offer something special to the Byron community.

We wanted our food to be healthy, nourishing, locally sourced and sustainable. But we also wanted Velvet to become a place that nourished local people and talent. Thats why we chose to sponsor the 2017 Byron Writers Festival, the recent Byron Film Festival and launched this local writing competition.

Winners of the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition Reilly Baum (U18), Ruby Jeffries (U12), Sarah Armstrong (Judge and local author), Elspeth Lee (Over 18). Photo supplied.

Winners of the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition Reilly Baum (U18), Ruby Jeffries (U12), Sarah Armstrong (Judge and local author), Elspeth Lee (Over 18). Photo supplied.

Winners of the under 18 was Reilly Baum, Ruby Jeffries won the under 12s and Elspeth Lee took out the over 18 category.

I just loved seeing the diversity o...

07:54

Is Byron becoming too regimented? Local News Echonetdaily

Mellanie Coppins treehouse is considered a permanent installation by Council staff. Photo Jeff Dawson

Mellanie Coppins treehouse is considered a permanent installation by Council staff. Photo Jeff Dawson

Aslan Shand

Is it a case of the fun place gone mad or just the fear of liability claims against the council?

Byron Bay resident Mellanie Coppin built a treehouse on the nature strip near her house. Her son and his friends and other kids on holiday or from nearby who have the skill to shimmy up the rope have enjoyed the chance to have some fun.

Virtually every day people stop in their tracks or in their cars to take photos of this treehouse. Neighbours have instagramed it, kids play in it and the positive feedback has been curiously overwhelming, said Mellanie.

Ive lived in Massinger Street for several years now and know that the treehouse does not impede any wildlife corridors. The installation was done with consideration of the tree, as well as the safety of visitors.

Removal request

But in August, the Byron Shire Council wrote to Mellanie requesting that she remove the treehouse.

Council told The Echo, While Council supports the great benefits of children playing outside and being active, unfortunately treehouses and other structures built in trees in public spaces such as footpaths and nature strips are difficult to regulate in terms of safety, construction etc.

Since then, Mellanie has been talking to Council about ways they could possibly look at keeping the treehouse in place.

As a long-term resident of Byron, I love that this town celebrates art, nature, beauty and the quirky in a way that is appreciated by its many visitors and nurtured by its residents, continued Mellanie.

Certainly it is these traits that attracts us all to living in this beautiful place. But could the removal of a humble, aesthetically pleasing, well-used an...

07:29

Byron Councils paid paid parking survey biased: chamber Local News Echonetdaily

Concerns that Councils parking management surveys are flawed have been confirmed by a statistician, say the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce.

Problems with the survey are so substantial that the results are likely to be invalid, claims chamber president Zac Tooth.

Considering that $15,000 is being spent on consultation on the introduction of paid parking in Brunswick Heads, the quality of the phone and online surveys is very disappointing. People have complained about the telephone surveyor offering an opinion on the benefits of paid parking before asking questions. They have also complained about the insistence that questions be answered about how any money raised should be spent, even when they said they had already said they dont want paid parking, says Tooth.

The phone and online surveys, which were designed by both an external company and Council staff are, either deliberately or inadvertently, written in a way that elicits a positively leaning response to questions, says Tooth. In order to clarify our concerns, we sought some expert advice.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold defended market research company Micromex, which is a company that specialises in doing professional market research and their staff are trained and skilled at dealing with the public.

He told The Echo that he believes a reasonable question to ask is: would people be supportive of pay parking if the money raised were reserved for projects in Brunswick Heads.

Yet Tooth says the report by qualified statistician Benjamin R Dexter has confirmed evidence of biased wording, poor question construction and insertion of leading opinions between questions in the online survey.

We dont think this survey is valid, Tooth says.

According to the statisticians report, the online survey doesnt get off to a good start by falsely advising that Councils independent Parking Strategy recommends paid parking when it doesnt. The statistician also notes that terms such as town centre arent defined.

Another serious concern is statements suggesting that paid parking improves turnover and parking availability for locals being inserted into the survey, says Tooth.

This leads to bias. Sadly, from many locals viewpoint, the online survey looks far more like a marketing exercise than a true consultation.

Progress association rejects mayors plea

Paid parking was a hot topic at the monthly Brunswick Heads Progress Association (BHPA) meeting he...

07:27

British India @ Hotel Brunswick October 20 Byron Bay Blog

British India emerged from the underbelly of Melbournes independent music scene to take Australia by storm in July 2007 with their acclaimed independent debut album Guillotine. With support from triple J radio their songs Black & White Radio & Tie Up My Hands became arm-raising, air-punching anthems at venues and festivals across the country. British India developed a reputation for their explosive live shows and extensive touring. They took out the 2007 AIR Award for Best New Independent Artist.

One year later the band released their second album Thieves. Thieves debuted at No 5 in the ARIA Top 10 and demonstrated the bands growth, in both popularity and as songwriters Thieves featured the foot-stomping single I Said Im Sorry, and earned the boys their first ARIA Award nomination.

The band released their 3rd album Avalanche in 2010. Once again achieving an ARIA Top 10 debut. Avalanche featured one of their most popular songs Vanilla

The boys turned a new corner in their career in 2012, signing with Melbournes Liberation Records and Mushroom Music . Their 4th album Controller again debuted in the Top 10 and the band achieved their first Gold record, selling 35,000 copies of the hit single I Can Make You Love Me . This also gave the band their 5th entry into triple Js Hottest 100.

British India are recognised as of Australias most popular and hardest working bands, regularly travelling Australia and visiting rural towns as well as capitals.

Riding high on the success of Controller, the band are set to continue their rise in 2015 with the release of their new album. Wrong Direction, the first single from their forthcoming LP, is out now.

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07:05

Tweed Heads Court House takes centre stage Local News Echonetdaily

Celebrating the reopening of Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads. From left: Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, Tweed Heads Historical Society President Ross Johnson, Consultant Curator Meg McKavanagh, Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean and Tweed Heads Historical Society Life Member and Emeritus President Joan Smith. Photo provided.

Celebrating the reopening of Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads. From left: Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, Tweed Heads Historical Society President Ross Johnson, Consultant Curator Meg McKavanagh, Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean and Tweed Heads Historical Society Life Member and Emeritus President Joan Smith. Photo provided.

It is the only the only original Tweed Heads public building still in good and original condition and stage one of the Tweed Heads Court House was officially reopened with a ceremony at Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads on Sunday.

The Court House is now the centrepiece of Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads and has been restored and upgraded to provide an interactive experience of the building and surrounding area.

The Court House and accompanying buildings at the Museum offered a rare and important opportunity to bring this history to life, and to continue to preserve and share it, the Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, told the gathering of Tweed Heads Historical Society members and community leaders.

An appreciation of the history of this northern part of Tweed Shire, close to the mouth of the Tweed River and to our border with Queensland, is essential to understanding this Shire as a whole, Cr Milne said.

As our shire continues to grow, it becomes ever more important to offer residents, new and old, and visitors the opportunity to understand those things that have shaped this community and continue to shape it today.

She said the rich history presented by the new displays, including historic film footage, immersed visitors in this history.

Stag...

00:16

Australia - where the rich get richer as wealth & income inequality grows (interactive mapping) North Coast Voices


The Guardian, 12 October 2017

Australia is among countries with the highest growth in income inequality in the world over the past 30 years, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Vitor Gaspar, the IMFs director of fiscal affairs, has told an audience at the launch of the IMFs latest Fiscal Monitor that Australias income inequality growth has been similar to the US, South Africa, India, China, Spain and the UK since the 1980s.

Last month the treasurer, Scott Morrison, said that income inequality was not getting worse in Australia.

Morrison told the Business Council of Australia in late September that Treasury and the Reserve Bank had found, in specific analysis of current wage fundamentals, that Australian wages were growing slowly across most industries in the economy, and most regions of the country, so the slow growth was evenly shared.

However, he would not release the Treasury analysis.

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00:15

Australian Human Rights Commission does not support expansion of the Cashless Debit Card Trial North Coast Voices


Excerpts from Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Senate Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017:

Human rights concerns
As a form of income management, the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 raises a number of human rights concerns, specifically around the right to social security, the right to a private life and the right to equality and non-discrimination. [my yellow highlighting]
The Commission has previously reported its concerns about the cashless debit card (also known as the Healthy Welfare Card) in our submission to the Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015 and in the Social Justice and Native Title reports for 2015 and 2016. 2
The Commission has particularly been concerned about the effects of these income management measures in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whom we have previously identified to be a group that are disproportionately impacted by such measures.3 As at September 2016, 75% of trial participants in Ceduna and 82% of trial participants in the East Kimberley were Indigenous.4
Whilst the Explanatory Memorandum acknowledges that trials of the cashless debit card are already underway in areas with high Indigenous populations, it proposes that future sites will give priority to locations with lower pro...

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Tuesday, 17 October

22:48

Lush The Channon Craft Market

Mish Songsmith & Peter Lehner combine their formidable musical talents in Lush. Promising to take you to the moon and back with beautiful harmonies and passionate songs youll love.

16:55

An Espresso Martini Festival comes to Byron! 23rd of October 6th of November 2017 Byron Bay Blog

For years Balcony Bar & Oyster Co has been known as the best place in town to grab a drink with friends. The cocktail list is extensive, the wine list is exquisite, the beers are fresh, local and on tap but above all else, the espresso martinis are always flowing and only $12 each from 9:30pm. So to celebrate their love for espresso martinis, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. will be hosting the first ever Espresso Fest in Byron Bay from the 23rd of October to the 6th of November 2017.

A specialty cocktail menu has been carefully crafted by their expert cocktail masters featuring flavours like:

The Orangetini  Vodka, aperol, espresso, burnt orange sugar syrup and dehydrated orange

The Cocospresso  El Jimador tequila, Malibu and espresso with desiccated coconut rim

The Cookies and Cream  Jameson, Baileys, Frangelico & espresso with a cookie crumble rim

The Rahspresso  Baileys, vodka, espresso, muddled raspberry & an edible glitter rim

The Chilli Chocolate  Chilli rum, Espressocello, chocolate sauce, honey & coffee

The Caramello Koala  Butterscotch, butter vodka & espresso with a glazed caramel shard

The Slowspresso  Featuring local distillery Brookies Slow Gin, pomegranate liqueur, espresso and berries

Yum! Now for the purists simply looking for a classic espresso martini, theyve got you covered at just $12 all day every day, plus if you have a local members card, the price of espresso martinis will stay at just $12 for the rest of the year after espresso fest. Or if you are a true cocktail connoisseur and are looking for the finest espresso martini in town, they can offer you The Top Shelf Espresso Martini which contains only the finest ingredients including our top shelf vodka Kettle 1 and Byron Bay Coffee Companys finest brew.

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16:30

Round up of local history stories across the New England media no 2 New England, Australia


Photo: patrol post, Greta Migrant camp
Over on my New England History blog I have begun a regular round-up of stories from the local media on local history. This is the second in the series.
My aim is to build another resource that can be tapped to by those wishing to explore the history of New England or of their specific region or locality.

By their nature, many of these stories cannot be relied upon to be absolutely accurate, but they are useful in providing information and ideas.    

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Monday, 09 October

17:54

Tuntable Creek P&C Association The Channon Craft Market

At Tuntable Creek Public School we provide our students with exceptional learning opportunities in a beautiful, natural environment in the lush rainforests of the NSW North Coast. Our students learn to live and work cooperatively and we base daily school life around the 3 Rs Respect, Responsibilities & Rights. We have high expectations of our students and provide them with quality teaching experiences with a focus on literacy, numeracy, creative arts and technology.

Our parents & citizens association (P&C) brings the school community together. Parents, teachers and community members can help meet the needs of the school community and contribute to decisions about the school.

The P&C also raises funds that help finance improvements to our school and provide additional resources.

Sunday, 08 October

16:36

Monkey & The Fish The Channon Craft Market

A partnership between two singer songwriters Chris Fisher and Marcelle Townsend-Cross creates a special vocal harmony & presence in Monkey & the Fish. Presenting their own songs along with original renditions of classic tunes this act is popular at both Festivals and pub/club gigs. Uncle Keith always called his little sister monkey so when she started singing up and hanging out with Chris Fisher the cry began wheres Monkey & the Fish playin?

The name stuck and play they did. Their already dysfunctional families blended becoming something nothing like the partridge family but twice as talented. In Cahoots, Monkey & the Fishs baby & debut CD release came in 2001 and features several Dolphin Award winning tunes. Bundjalung (Song of the Year), a track written and recorded in collaboration with local Bundjalung Custodians, Mirror telling some of Marcelles story as a Koori woman and Wai:Bal (Best Environmental Message Song) written in acknowledgement of the Clan of the Bundjalung whos homelands includes Lismore and Nimbin NSW, have all been celebrated through awards.

These and other songs from In Cahoots have proved popular with FM radio and live audiences. Monkey & the Fish now perform as duo or band with the addition of George Urbeszeck on Bass and Dan Crandon on Drums. In addition to originals classic songs by Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Van Morrison, Goanna, Tracey Chapman, and many more are performed. Influences are diverse with oz rock, reggae, folk and country vibes present. Top musicianship and home grown creativity combine with a healthy audience rapport to make this a truly deadly act!! :)

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