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Monday, 21 May

00:16

Water raiders are eyeing the Clarence River - again North Coast Voices


In 2007 Clarence Valley communities saw off an Australian prime minister (John Howard) and his water minister (Malcolm Turnbull)  - telling them "Not A Drop".

The issue of inter-basin water transfer became an election issue that year and the National Party lost the seat of Page and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government lost the federal election.

Having learnt nothing from the commitment of local people in the Clarence Valley, including traditional owners, once again the water raiders have raised their heads above the parapet.

The Daily Examiner, letter to the Editor, 19 May 2018, p.14:

Clarence diversion

On April 18, 2018, Toowoomba Regional Council in south-east Queensland resolved to submit a motion to the National General Assembly of Local Government in June this year.

This motion calls for the Assembly to amend Resolution 7...

00:15

The Turnbull Government has the solution to its poll number blues already at hand - but will it act? North Coast Voices


lesterlost.com
State and federal governments have known for years that there is a correlation between unoccupied residential housing, negative gearing of investment properties and capital gains by individuals in the higher income percentiles.



An est. 11.2 per cent of residential properti...

Sunday, 20 May

19:09

Two cyclists injured by paralytic driver Local News Echonetdaily

A man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after he allegedly sideswiped two cyclists while driving almost five times over the limit near Casino on Saturday (May 19).

About 11.30am , the mans white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about six kilometres east of Drake when he collided with two cyclists, travelling in the same direction.

The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, who were part of a group, both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both have to undergo surgery.

The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.

He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.243, almost five times the limit.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.

The mans licence was suspended and he was charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; negligent driving; driving with a high-range PCA; and possessing prohibited drug

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (May 20).

 

 

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19:01

Man bites arresting officer in groin, grabs pistol Local News Echonetdaily

A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officers Glock 22 pistol, police allege.

About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.

Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.

He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.

During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officers gun from its holster.

He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.

The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.

He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).

One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

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11:51

Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 11:51am

This week, I have been mostly reading comics, because reality has been very disappointing:

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