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Monday, 05 February


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Friday, 15 December


Habitat Byron Bay Byron Bay Blog

Habitat Byron Bay launches with the opening of new restaurant
Barrio Eatery and Bar and a collection of Byron Bays most creative lifestyle businesses including; St Agni, Zulu and Zephyr, Pampa, The Bare Road, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, Tigmi Trading and Our Corner Store under the umbrella of Habitat Home & Habitat Women.

Created as a hub for like-minded people and businesses to come together, Habitat Byron Bay has been specifically designed as a space for people to live and work in a socially and environmentally progressive environment.

Conceived by Byron Bay local Brandon Saul, the idea behind Habitat is to create a modern village lifestyle by building a variety of different commercial and housing options to suit passion-based businesses who value a sense of community.

Brandon explains; People are striving to achieve a good work/life balance. Habitat is simply a reflection of this trend which is in keeping with the Byron lifestyle. Its also for those amongst us that want to lead a more sustainable, balanced lifestyle without having to compromise on creature comforts or style.

In keeping with this ethos, Habitat has curated some of Byron Bays best design led brands across, furniture, homewares and fashion in a series of collective pop-up retail spaces to launch the precinct.

Two collective pop-up retailers, Habitat Home and Habitat Woman, will run throughout the summer and features over 40 local brands across the two stores, including Zulu and Zephyr, St Agni, The Bare Road, Annukka, Saint Helena, Tigmi Trading, Pampa, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, The Dharma Door and Our Corner Store, along with handcrafted furniture and wares by the likes of Martin Johnston and JD Lee and many more.



Sod turned on $1.6m hockey centre in Lismore Local News Echonetdaily

Construction of a new hockey centre will create 76 construction jobs.

Page MP Kevin Hogan has today turned the first sod on the new $1.6 million Far North Coast Regional Hockey Centre upgrade and expansion project in Goonellabah.

This is great news for our community and cements our reputation as the sporting capital of regional NSW, he said.

Upgrading and expanding the existing hockey complex will deliver a new state-of-the-art pitch with lighting, seating, player spaces, official and technical officers spaces, toilets and covered playing preparation areas.

The project will create 76 construction jobs and 16 permanent jobs.

With the upgrade of Oakes Oval already underway, this additional $1.6 million investment will attract sports players from many codes to Lismore and their supporters, which will be great for our local motels, restaurants and cafes.

The work is expected to be completed early next year, in plenty of time for Lismore to host the 2018 Mens Masters Australian Hockey Championships later in the year when 1800 players and spectators are expected to converge on the Northern Rivers.

The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($764,478), Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($550,000), Lismore City Council ($33,000) and private donors ($181,478). In-kind contributions were also provided by Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($66,340).

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Holiday letting a detriment to Byron community Byron Bay Echonetdaily

Submissions to the short term holiday letting in NSW Options Paper closed on October 31.

The Holiday Rental Industry Association (HRIA) and Holiday Let Organisation (HLO Byron) made a joint submission.

The following statement was made in their submission: It is evident that the activity of providing short-term residential accommodation has always been, and is generally, a legal activity in dwellings that have residential development consent.

No evidence was supplied to support this ludicrous statement as there isnt any evidence.

In sharp contrast to this ludicrous statement was the response by the legal advisor to the HRIA. He was subjected to intense questioning by Victorian MPs at the public hearing into short stay accommodation on March 24.

Under oath, he said that holiday letting was illegal in NSW. His response can be found in Hansard.

Their submission conveniently failed to present the numerous legal cases in NSW that show the illegality of holiday letting.

This includes the benchmark Dobrohotoff vs Bennic (May 2013) Land and Environment Court case. Justice Pepper said that the illegal holiday letting offended NSW planning law.

The Byron community has seen a massive increase in illegal holiday lets during the past four years. This has been to the detriment of our community.

At the June 22 meeting Council repealed the moratorium on prosecution of illegal holiday letting. Council staff said that they were preparing cases for prosecution.

We look forward in the very near future to seeing a positive outcome to these prosecutions.

Doug Luke, co-ordinator, Victims Of Holiday Letting


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Two juveniles in court following police pursuit Local News Echonetdaily

Two 17-year-old boys will appear in the Lismore Childrens Court today after leading police on a series of pursuits in Lismore yesterday morning.

The two juveniles were finally arrested after the stolen vehicle they were in crashed into an unmarked police car near the intersection at Pleasant Street, Goonellabah.

The drama began about 7.30am when police noticed the stolen Isuzu D-Max on Ballina Street, Lismore.

A pursuit began but police terminated because of public safety concerns.

About 8.45am the stolen car crashed into the police car. No-one was injured.

The two boys were arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

The boy who was driving failed a breath analysis, returning a reading of 0.092. He was charged with steal motor vehicle, take and drive conveyance, police pursuit Skyes Law, mid range PCA, and resist arrest.

The other boy was charged with steal motor vehicle, be carried in conveyance, and resist arrest.


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Bangalow to have parking time trial instead of paid parking Local News Echonetdaily

Byron council has decided not to proceed with paid parking at Bangalow.

Byron Shire Council has announced it will not be implementing paid parking in Bangalow on 1 January 2018.

Instead new parking time limits will be introduced in the Bangalow CBD and monitored for 12 months.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold said councillors had voted not to implement paid parking in January next year saying they wanted to see the results of a 12-month trial of the impact of changes to parking time limits.

Todays vote replaces the previous resolution made at the meeting in August 2017, he said.

The decision to conduct a trial followed a rally last Saturday organised by the Bungalow Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Greens MP Tamara Smith.

Ms Smith had urged the council to conduct a trial instead of introducing paid parking, and it seems that the message got through to councillors.

The resolution from yesterdays meeting will see one hour parking in Byron Street and part of Station Street and two hour parking in the remainder of Station Street for a period of 12 months. These parking time limits will be reviewed during the trial.

Mr Arnold said the council would employ a range of measures during 2018 including number plate recognition technology to monitor parking demands, the length of time people are staying and the number of infringements incurred by people staying over the time limit.

He said the information would  allow the council to determine where the majority of people parking in Bangalow were from, for example from Queensland, or other parts of NSW such as the Northern Rivers region.

This information will be used to see if the changes to time limits have improved the turnover of parking in Bangalow over a 12-month period, he said.

Any future time limit changes or additional traffic management strategies, such as pay parking, will be informed by the results of the trial.

After 12-months a report containing the findings from the trial will be prepared for the consideration of the council.

New signs with information about the parking times will be installed in early 2018.

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Fight against Tweed water mining on par with CSG Local News Echonetdaily

The location of water extraction and or bottling facilities throughout the Tweed. Image Tweed Shire Council

By Luis Feliu

Campaigners against controversial water mining in the Tweed Valley have vowed to continue their fight to ban all commercial extraction and bottling operations in the wake of  Tweed Shire Councils vote last week reinstating a prohibition on the activity.

The Tweed Water Alliance says the decision is an enormous win for Tweed residents and the flood of water mining applications will now drop to a trickle.

But the group admits the state government has to ratify the move to include the ban in Tweeds local environment plan, and fears two major proposals being assessed and causing concern, at Dungay and Uki, could be left out of the prohibition.

Council has sought legal advice over liability if the two development applications are included in the ban.

Tweed Water Alliance spokesman Jeremy Tager said they should be rejected, and whatever expenses council incurs in refusing these applications will be far less than the cost of these developments proceeding.

These costs, Mr Tager said, included road safety, damaged roads, loss of amenity and the potential collapse of groundwater reserves.

Residents will realise there is no public benefit, he said.



Casino father to stand trial over allegedly grooming 15 year-old girl for sex Local News Echonetdaily

A Casino father who allegedly tried to groom a 15 year-old girl for sex using social media from his marital home will stand trial in the District Court next year.

Jacob Lee Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court this week and was represented by his solicitor Peter Walsh.

The 30 year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to solicit child pornography, using a carriage service to send indecent material to a person under 16 years and using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years-old for sex.

Between between November 20, 2016, and the day before his arrest, June 14, police allege Mr Benn sent various message via Facebook messenger to the 15-year-old girl with the intention of having sex with her.

During their communications, it is alleged Mr Benn told the girl not to reveal his identity.

After the girl complained to police an investigation was launched and Mr Benn was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Exploitation Unit on June 15.

He was granted strict conditional bail to reside at Casino and not to contact or approach the girl or go to her school.

Mr Benn must not use the social media websites Facebook, Snapchat, Facebook messenger or Instagram for any reason what so ever.

He was also ordered not to have direct contact with any person younger than 16 except for his immediate family.

This week the court heard the evidence against Mr Benn, including an electronic exhibit which an expert will give evidence about, had been served on the defence.

Mr Benn is yet to enter a plea to any of the charges.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Benns matters until February 5, when he will appear before the Lismore District Court to be arraigned to stand trial.

He remains on strict conditional bail until that date.

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Lismore man to stand trial over alleged indecent assault of 13 year-old girl Local News Echonetdaily

A Lismore man will stand trial in the District Court next year over the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 13 year-old girl.

David Roger Adam Orams appeared in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday.

The 32 year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault in company, indecently assaulting a person under 16 years-old, and three counts of possessing child abuse material.

The three counts of indecent assault related to incidents which allegedly occurred between June 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016.

When police conducted a search of his residence, court documents revealed officers seized three hard drives they allege contained child abuse material and $12,000 in cash, suspected of being stolen.

Mr Orams also stands accused of failing to comply with his reporting obligations while on bail and having goods in his custody suspected of being stolen.

Following an investigation by detectives, Mr Orams was arrested on November 8, 2016, along with a co-offender, who cant be named for legal reasons.

He was initially refused bail, but when conditional bail was granted, police allege he failed to comply with the bail by not reporting to police, so bail was revoked.

The court previously heard the matters were set down for a hearing in the local court starting November 1.

On Wednesday, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Orams to appear in the Lismore District Court on May 7, 2018, where he will be arraigned to stand trial.

Mr Orams remains behind bars until that date.

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Crime trends in the Clarence Valley October 2007 to September 2017 North Coast Voices

In the ten years between October 2007 and September 2017 crime trends in the Clarence Valley Local Government Area have remained numerically and statistically small in 5 crime categories covering murder and violent robbery.

While crime trends remain stable in 6 crime categories (assault unrelated to domestic violence, sexual assault & other sexual offences, stealing from a car and stealing from a store ) and fallen in another 4 crime categories (stealing motor vehicles and break, enter dwellings & non-dwellings and malicious damage).

Crime trends have only risen in 2 out of 17 commonly listed crime categories over these ten years Fraud up 10.5 per cent & Assault Domestic Violence Related up 3.6 per cent.

October 2007 to September 2017
Fraud, Clarence Valley Local Government Area
Statistically significant Upward trend over the 120 month period.
The average annual percentage change was: 10.5%



About that political influence on domestic affairs on the part of foreign powers, Prime Minister Turnbull..... North Coast Voices

He went on to excoriate the Labor Party in parliament last week with regard to its contacts with Chinese nationals.

This week the primary subject of Turnbull's verbal attacks announced his resignation from the Australian Parliament.

However, this week also brings news from Western Australia which demonstrates just how hypocritical is the prime ministers political posturing.

Via @kimbakit

Then came this...


"Inequality is neither a personal choice nor a national tragedy. It is a choice governments make" North Coast Voices

Chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society national council Dr John Falzon, writing in The Guardian on 13 December 2017:

In 1952 a Catholic newspaper in Ireland proclaimed: The welfare state is diluted socialism and socialism is disguised communism.

Extreme? Yes. Dated? No. When you listen to the dying declarations of the spear-carriers for neoliberalism, its hard not to hear the same alarmist codswallop.

The logic goes like this: being unemployed and poor is bad because people choose to be unemployed or poor. If you receive income support, it is because you are unemployed and poor. Therefore, receiving income support is bad. Therefore, removing income support is good. Coincidentally, this means more money for the rich and less for the poor.

Social services minister Christian Porters recent National Press Club address was replete with denunciations of the politics of envy associated with redistributionist policies, as well as the morally unacceptable nature of social expenditure because it means placing a debt burden on the children of today to pay off as the adults of tomorrow.

These are old tropes. Joe Hockey used them regularly when he was treasurer. The intergenerational framework is always going to be a useful means of distracting from the uncomfortable reality of class inequality in the current generation.

A false divide is constructed between those who have a job (and pay taxes) and those who dont....

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Thursday, 14 December



Tora at the Byron Bay Brewery, Saturday 22nd December, 8pm Free Entry

Byron born 4-piece electronic act Tora formed in 2013. With their fusing plush layered production and instrumentation, as well as their graceful vocals, they have won hearts all over the world!

Releasing their self-titled debut EP, and following in 2014 with another successful EP in Eat The Sun, Toras soulful electronic music has had them compared to seminal artists such as Radiohead and James Blake. Tora (Origin; Greek, meaning Now) have kept up a continual progression since their inception, dropping an array of singles and collabora-tions, all whilst building a rapidly growing global listenership.

Tora have performed at Glastonbury, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, The Great Escape UK and Canadian Music Week. They have also toured both in Australia and inter-nationally with artists such as RUFUS, Miami Horror and SAFIA.

Tora will take the stage at Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday 22nd for an intimate and free show! Support on the night will be by Merryn Jeann and Keen Mak.

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Nimbin Holiday Club 2017/18 Summer Program Home

Nimbin Holiday Club

        Summer Program

Dear friends,

We are operating from the Nimbin Community School, in the Community Centre and on excursion days please meet us in the Nimbin Central School car park at 9am.

Day runs between 9am and 3pm.  The program runs for children aged 5 12.  Please read the dates and venues below carefully and book to avoid disappointment.  To book phone NNIC on 66891692 (between 10 am and 4 pm) or you can text or call Kylie on 0487576281.  Please note that the basic fee is $12 per day and more on excursion days. Parents must sign consent forms for any excursions.

Please ensure that your child wears appropriate clothing, covered shoes, brings a hat, swimmers and a towel.  Please bring adequate food and drinks.






Friday 22nd December

The Pitts family circus workshop

The Pitt family circus is coming to visit us and teach us some tricks

Circus Workshop


Thursday 4th January

Nimbin Community School, Park and Pool

Art/Craft, DVDs, Games, Music and more

Library craft


Friday 5th January

Excursion Lismore Tenpin Bowling and pool

Come tenpin bowling, then we will cool off with a swim at the pool.

Please bring lunch, water, hat, swimmers, and a towel.


Monday 8th January


Excursion Kyogle cinema and pool

Come and watch Coco (PG) and then cool off at the pool.

Please bring food, water, hat, swimmers, and a towel.


Wednesday 10th January

Nimbin Community School

Art/Craft, DVDs, Games, Music and more

Bush theatre movie and candle factory tour


Friday 12th January

Nimbin Community School, Park and Pool

Art/Craft, DVDs, Games, Music and more

Barefoot bowling



Its not over yet! Stop Adani Tweed keep up pressure Local News Echonetdaily

The sold out Regent Cinema launched the Stop Adani Tweed campaign in Murwillumbah on Sunday. Photo supplied.

The Stop Adani Tweed campaign launch at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday hosted by the Caldera Environment Centre was sold out.

The crowd was filled with young and old who realise how important it is to keep the pressure up to stop the opening of the Adani coal mine.

The primary message was not to stop the pressure, local campaign supporter Janice Best told Echonetdaily.

It is really important to remember that even though the banks are pulling out we need to be vigilant because it is not over yet. Even though things appear to be moving in a positive direction.

There are now Stop Adani groups in Byron, Lismore and Tweed, whose aim is to gain community support for the Northern Rivers to be declared an Adani-free zone. They have joined over 2 million people worldwide to oppose one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions which is driving climate change.

Keynote speakers Tony Barry and Mandy Nolan shared their insights into the the effects that the opening of the Adani cola mine would have on the Galilee Basin and the broader impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and climate change. Narrated by Queensland-born actor Michael Caton, the documentary Guarding the Galilee was screened to a packed house and shone a spotlight on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adanis Carmichael project.


Campaigners want drones to protect from sharks Local News Echonetdaily

Dean Jefferys leads a paddle out near Lennox Head recently. (supplied)

Marine conservationists have welcomed a Senate inquiry recommendation to remove shark nets from NSW beaches.

They are also calling for an increased use of drones with alarm systems to provide real-time protection for beach users.

Marine campaigner, Dean Jefferys, who is skipper of the conservation yacht Migaloo 2, said the recommendation to remove nets, when implemented, would mean that thousands of marine creatures, many of them endangered, would not drown in ineffective shark nets.

It also means that more effective non lethal shark control measures will be put in place, making the oceans safer for everyone rather than people mistakenly thinking these short, shallow nets provide protection, he said.

Im glad this myth has finally been well and truly busted by deep inquiry at the top level.

Now it is up to Government to implement these recommendations and put in place real processes that will make people safer and at the same time ensure marine lives are protected.

The manipulation of statistics has also been exposed in this enquiry. The old story that the DPI and proponents of shark nets say there has only been one death at a netted beach from Newcastle to Wollongong.

What they dont tell you in their reckless and irresponsible use of statistics is that there have been 47 unwanted shark encounters at these netted beaches or that surf lifesavers also patrol and observe these beaches and give warnings.

The resent shark encounter at shark netted, Avoca beach in November however could have been avoided if the surf club had a drone in the air as the shark encounter happened right in front of the shark tower but the tower wasnt high enough to see the shark.

Every surf club in Australia should have a drone fitted with an alarm system, with their nippers getting the appropriate training to use them.

Live streaming of the flights could be sent live to the surf life saving websites in NSW and QLD.

This is real time protection that works and what the government should be spending its money on and not wasting money perpetuating the shark net fallacy.



Island Quarry death inquest winds up amid complaints Local News Echonetdaily

The Island Quarry near Byron Bay.

By Jim Beatson

The inquest into the death of 20-year- old Melbourne man, Brendan Vickery, ended yesterday with a number of unresolved disputes, and complaints of delays raised by the deceaseds family and their legal counsel.

Seven are ofcritical importance.

First, the family legal counsel queried the tardiness of Island Quarry Reserve Trust to take precautionary measures such as fencing and signage.

In November 2011 by Dr Robert Davies, network director for emergency departments at four hospital sites across the Northern Rivers reported nine serious injuries including six spinal fractures, at least four were multiple

Some two and half years passed before the 1.8 m safety fence was constructed along the Ewingsdale Road side of the dangerous quarry site. This was completed just three weeks after Brendan Vickerys death.

The Island Quarry Reserve Trusts Barrister, Mr Raeburn, insisted that the delay was outside the control of the IQ Quarry Trust President, Shane Rennie.

A discussion about the lack of more safety signage was left incomplete.

Medical staff mentioned an important deterrent: signs explicitly listing known injuries that occurred at the site.

A counter argument was put by several interviewees that such signs would instead be seen as an exciting challenge by young people visiting the site.

Supervision of the site was revealed to be irregular. Baz Laow, a self-described WOOFA, was given the role by Shane Rennie. Laow did not live at the site and was there only on average two days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays).

He was not there on weekends, when the numbers of visitors in Byron Bay are often high.
The cause of death remains unverified. The pathologist, Dr Brian Beer performed the external examination on the body and said he based his decision, of death by drowning on the balance of probability.

Barrister David Evenden, representing Brendan Vickerys parents, challenged this pathology report, saying without a full autopsy, medical experience alone would suggest possible additional causes.

Despite a request by Brendans mother, Tracie McDew, for a full autopsy, her request was never passed on beyond the police officer in charge of the investigation....


Dangerous Coolamon Scenic Dr finally sees action Local News Echonetdaily

New line markings on Coolamon Scenic Drive. Photo Athony Stante

Twenty-three crashes in five years, an average of 1,362 vehicles per day and an independent road safety audit that found various intolerable risks on the 11.3km stretch of road between Goonengerry Road and the Pacific Highway has finally seen some action.

Local resident Anthony Stante, who was a project manager on the Ballina Bypass upgrade from 2007-11, was relieved to wake up on Tuesday, December 12 and discover that the recommended line marking finally in having been carried out.

Mr Stante had put his concerns on the safety of Coolamon Scenic Drive to council three-and-a-half years ago in late 2014 and the local traffic committee had agreed to do things to make it safer, he said.

Increased traffic with no fix

In the mean-time Council agreed to signpost an extension of Tourist Route 28 from the old highway right the way along bringing even more tourists to our substandard local road making it even more dangerous.

However, the traffic committee stated that council may need to seek out further funding options, or advise of further funding options, for the review and changes to signage and line marking.

Mr Stante told Echonetdaily that he gained a copy of the independent road safety audit through an FOI enquiry to council that recently found various intolerable risks which must be addressed including line-marking, curve signage and guideposts.


Unaccompanied learner driver allegedly on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol Local News Echonetdaily

A Learner driver was drunk and drug affected when pulled over by police.

An unaccompanied learner driver was allegedly under the influence of a cocktail of illegal drugs and alcohol when he was pulled over near Nimbin in April.

Offices patrolling Kyogle Road at Mount Burrell, about 8.10 am on April 12 spotted Ryan Squire allegedly driving erratically and he was pulled over.

When police approached and spoke to  Mr Squire, officers formed the opinion he was affected by drugs and possibly alcohol.

Enquiries by police revealed the 23 year-old was the holder of a learners permit and should have had a fully licensed supervising driver beside him.

A search of his car by police allegedly uncovered two small amounts of methamphetamine and heroin weighing less than one gram and a number of oxycodone tablets in the vehicle.

Mr Squire was arrested and taken to Nimbin police station where he underwent blood tests to determine what substances were in his system.

When test results were returned revealing Mr Squire had a cocktail of morphine, methamphetamine and diazepam, plus alcohol in his system, he was charged by police.

Mr Squire, who told police his address was the Nimbin Rocks Retreat at Goolmangar, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, being a learner driver not accompanied by a licensed driver and three counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail and appeared at Lismore Local Court on November 20, where he represented himself.

On that day, Mr Squire entered guilty pleas to the three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and being an unaccompanied learner driver.

On Monday, Mr Squire again appeared at Lismore Local Court and was represented by Legal Aid.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Squire to be assessed for the Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment MERIT rehabilitation program.

He adjourned Mr Squires matters until January 15, when he is required to enter a plea to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Mr Squire remains free on conditional bail until that date.

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Elderly Tweed man gets bond over fatal motorcycle crash at Numinbah Local News Echonetdaily

An elderly man from the Tweed Shire who pleaded not guilty to his involvement in a crash which killed a 22 year-old has been placed on a suspended jail sentence.

Edwin Patrick Jessop was driving his white 1994 Toyota Hilux ute home after renewing its registration about 10.15 am on October 24 when he came to the intersection of Numinbah Road and Couchy Creek Road.

Agreed police facts before the court stated Mr Jessop, who was 87 at the time of the crash, turned into the t-intersection, across the path of motorcyclist Dann Jenkins.

The 22 year-old, who was riding his red and black Suzuki GSXR motorcycle, with a number of other motorcyclists, swerved to the left of Mr Jessops ute but collided with the passenger door and the rear tray.

Mr Jenkins helmet struck the tray of the ute before he was thrown onto the road, witnesses told police.

Mr Jessop continued across the intersection and stopped immediately, then a number of motorcycle riders stopped and Mr Jenkins was found dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination confirmed Mr Jenkins cause of death was a closed head injury.

Blood tests conducted on Mr Jenkins revealed he had no alcohol or drugs in his blood at the time of the incident.

Following the crash, Mr Jessop was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing, which returned negative results for both alcohol and drugs.

The court heard Mr Jessop underwent testing in July 2016 as a condition of continuing to hold a drivers licence.

The testing revealed Mr Jessops vision meets standards and he meets the medical criteria for an unconditional licence.

Hours after the crash, Mr Jessop told police he did not see the motorcycle at the intersection.

I got half way around and bang, Mr Jessop told police.

Mr Jessop was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death and not giving way to a vehicle while turning right into a terminating road.

On September 19 in Lismore Local Court he entered a not guilty plea to the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death.

When his solicitor lodged a document with the court waiving his right to a committal hearing, Mr Jessops matters were adjourned for arraignment in the District Court on November 1.

At Lismore District Court in November, the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death against Mr Jessop was dropped by the prosecution and his remaining matters were adjourned to the Local Court for sentencing.

On Monday, Mr Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court where he was placed on a nine moth suspended sentence by Magistrate David Heilpern.

Mr Jessop was also disqualified from driving for three years.

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Effect of proposed company tax cuts according to Australian Prime Minister Malcom Bligh Turnbull - "All boats will rise" North Coast Voices

As households across the country began the count down to the holiday season, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull smugly informed an ABC interviewer that as a result of a proposed cut in the company tax rate* everyones income will increase All boats will rise.

This is another way of referring to that now legendary faux economic theory popular with right-wing politicians the Trickle Down Effect.

This assertion is tested in an Australian Treasury working paper ANALYSIS OF THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF A COMPANY TAX CUT (May 2016) which modelled a tax cut reducing company tax from 30 per cent to 25 per cent presumably implemented over the 10 years to 2026-27 proposed by government.

Yes, this working paper estimates that for a static representative household calibrated to match the expenditure, income patterns, and taxes faced by aggregate Australian households real wages will rise if all other factors in the economy remain unchanged.

So it seems that Turnbull's claim is genuine - or is it?

What Turnbull fails to say is that this real wage rise will probably be a paltry est. 1.0-1.1% in total, will take at least 20 years to achieve and will only come about if the average individual also works longer hours.

Based on ABS May 2017 All Employees Average Weekly Total Earnings and an optimistically estimated average annual wages growth of 1.9 per cent; at the end of tho...


Australian Society 2017: age-old privilege remains strongly entrenched North Coast Voices

The Turnbull Government is doing what all Coalition governments have done in the past 40 years - deliver special funding deals for private schools, especially for Independent schools in this case, to ensure their resource advantage and privileged position in the schools market place. As Tony Abbott said of the Liberal Partys long history of supporting Catholic and Independent schools: its in our DNA. [Trevor Cobbold, New Figures Confirm More Private Schools Will be Over-Funded Under Gonski 2.0, December 2017]

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2017:

Catholic and independent private schools are set to get more than 100 per cent of their needs from governments under the  new "Gonski 2.0" plan, official documents released under Freedom of Information show.

Obtained by the Australian Education Union and processed by the convenor of the Save Our Schools campaign, Trevor Cobbold, the Education Department documents spell out the amount of government funding expected for each school sector in each state in 2018.

In NSW, 110 private schools are expected to receive more than 100 per cent of the so-called schools resourcing standard from governments, up from 65 schools in 2017. By 2027, when the Gonski arrangements are fully implemented, 212 private schools will receive more than their total needs from governments.

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Wednesday, 13 December


Native animals are calling all heroes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Everyday heroes come in many forms. Some people look out for our wildlife and call WIRES when they find an animal in need of help. Others are able to volunteer their time to become carers for orphaned, injured and displaced animals.

WIRES receives many calls about birds that need assistance but we wouldnt have such a great success rate in rescues if it wasnt for heroes like the members of the public and emergency services who regularly lend a hand.

In late October, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, some very observant council workers noticed the nest of a pair ofTawny Frogmouths at one of the citys depots.

After watching the pair tend to their young ones over the course of days, the men noticed that the parent birds had not returned to the nest after some wild weather. Despite daily checks, they have not been seen since and their fate is unknown.

Concerned for the welfare of the young chicks and with the threat from predatory birds growing, the council workers contacted WIRES and volunteer rescuer Marion attended the scene.

Council workers with rescued chicks

They decided to use a cherry picker to access the nest and bring the chicks to ground, after consulting with the councils work health and safety officer.

Thanks to Lismore City Council and employees Rod, Trent and Jeremy, the rescue operation went smoothly and the birds went into care with WIRES volunteer Julie. After four weeks regrettably, one of the chicks passed away, but the other one is doing well and has been housed with another young Tawny as a buddy.

They do not always make it when raising them from such a young age, said Julie, adding that they were probably only a week old when they were orphaned.

Having had more than 200 Tawny Frogmouths in her care over the past few years, Julie has a special bond with these birds.

The peak rescue season at WIRES started early this year due to unseasonally warm weather. Some species, like our iconic Australian Wood Duck, are now nesting for the second time and raising new batches of ducklings.


Monday, 11 December


Harvest Newrybar Welcomes Head Chef Alastair Waddell Byron Bay Blog

Harvest Newrybar have appointed talented chef Alastair Waddell to lead its culinary team. Alastair brings awareness of sustainable practices, a passion for local seasonal produce, and a sense of adventure and creativity into wild and native ingredients.
Alastair will be involved in all aspects of the business, from developing new dishes for the restaurant, and creating bespoke menus for wedding and events, to experimenting with the artisan bakery and its historic 108-year-old wood fired oven, and overseeing the daily-changing offering at the boutique Harvest Deli with dry ageing room.

Alastair has been discovering all that the Byron Hinterland has to offer via weekly outings foraging with in-house wild food researcher Peter Hardwick. Each Wednesday, the duo will present a selection of ideas and flavours on a plate after a day of foraging and developing (including pickling and fermenting) at the Wild Harvest Sessions. This is an experimental degustation menu with matched wines and the winning dishes make it to the restaurants seasonal menu. As an advocate in root-to-stem cooking (nose-to-tail but for the garden variety), Alastair is looking forward to working alongside Harvests permaculturists Rachel Rouse and Janene Price, and making the most of Harvests sprawling gardens, using all elements of their produce.

Passion lies in utilising the food from the land around us, from local farms and foraged items to our own garden. Building a close relationship with Peter Hardwick is helping me to unlock flavours from native ingredients and enhance dishes with the use of his unique ferments. I always look to extract the purest flavour from produce and serve it in a way that does the product justice. Head Chef Alastair Waddell

Typical Dishes

  • Raw oysters, kelp oil, pandanus vinegar
  • Peas, pancetta, yoghurt, chive, quandong
  • Kangaroo tartare, Picone capers, fingerlime, macadamia, pandanus vinaigrette
  • Roast cuttlefish & charred kelp broth, sea succulents
  • Local fish, native spiced broth, fennel, coastal succulents
  • Suckling pig, native tamarind, beer & mustard
  • Black sapote, coffee fruit wine, deser...

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