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Tuesday, 18 September

00:16

Prime Minister Shouty McShouty is just being his normal obnoxious self North Coast Voices


There has been some advice offered to Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison by mainstream media.

Some journalists are suggesting that he should shout less.


Here are videos of his performance in the House of Representatives as Treasurer to demonstrate that he had little volume control even then :



00:15

When a prime minster fails to grasp the basics of climate change policy..... North Coast Voices


The Australian Prime Minister for Fossil Fuels and Liberal MP for Cook, Scott Morrison, has been repeatedly insisting since he came to office on 24 August 2018 that Australia is on target to meet its Paris Agreement greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Apparently he is telling journalists that the business-as-usual model gets us there in a canter.

Business-as-usual of course includes those cuts to climate change mitigation programs Morrison made as federal treasurer - including no further funding for the Abbott Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which has so far failed to purchase enough abatement to outpace Australia's emissions growth.

Those agencies outside of Morrison's magic circle are quite frankly contradicting his prediction of success.......

The COAG Energy Security Councils Energy Security Board expects that Morrisons refusal to revive National Energy Guaranteelegislation will see the electricity sector fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels.

According to Dept. of Environment and Energy  ...

Monday, 17 September

19:45

UNITY EARTH PRESENTS FIELDS OF HEALING: A JOURNEY OF AWAKENING Byron Bay Blog

24-25 NOVEMBER 2018
NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS

A truly historic gathering will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic Convergence of Healing. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place. UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative.

Outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY nominated Rocky Dawuni are headlining the event, as well as amazing local talent Aine Tyrell, Dane Kennedy, Paul Howorth and more. Indigenous Leaders from Mexico, North America and Greenland will join in this historic event. The two-day gathering is designed as both a gathering and a retreat offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along.

It is a not for profit event. UNITY EARTH invites all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.

The post UNITY EARTH PRESENTS FIELDS OF HEALING: A JOURNEY OF AWAKENING appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

14:26

Child dies after being hit by car at Macleans Ridges Local News Echonetdaily

Updated: 3.30pm: A young girl is has died in hospital after being struck by a car near Lismore.

At 10am Monday (September 17), emergency services were called to Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, after an nine-year-old girl was struck by a southbound Hyundai station wagon.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily the car was travelling at around 70km/h when it hit the child.

She bounced off the bonnet and was thrown over the car and onto grass, the spokesperson said.

He added the child was bleeding from mouth, and suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest.

Her mother was giving her CPR when help arrived, the spokesperson said.

Five units and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

Emergency services treated the girl before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance in a critical condition.

The male driver was also taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, and to be treated for shock.

A crime scene has been established which is being examined by forensic police.

Officers from Richmond Police District are conducting inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

 

The post Child dies after being hit by car at Macleans Ridges appeared first on Echonetdaily.

12:25

Bruns parks should be an election issue: Pugh Local News Echonetdaily

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh (centre), wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve. Photo supplied

Chris Dobney & Aslan Shand

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.

And he has called on Byron Shire Council to make no long-term decisions about southern Terrace Reserve that would stop it being handed back to the community after the state election due in March next year.

Mr Pugh has been running a campaign and community petition to stop the privatisation of the Brunswick Holiday Parks and calling for southern Terrace Reserve to be handed back as community space.

This weeks Byron Shire council agenda includes a recommendation from council staff to approve a licence application from the state-owned holiday-park conglomerate Reflections, which would allow camping on southern Terrace Reserve and could potentially allow the destruction of an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines.

Mr Pugh is calling on councillors to reject the application.

If council approves this license at Thursdays meeting it could make it harder for a new Labor government to open this space back up to the community. Council can still approve the camping license for the other parts of Terrace Reserve to operate and reject the application to operate in this sensitive area.

We need to listen to the community and save our public green space in Brunswick Heads.

I am determined to make saving the precious public space in Brunswick Heads and stopping the privatisation of the parks an election issue, he said.

Heavy pruning of the historic cypress trees which drew the ire of locals as far back as 2014.

Campaigner...

11:22

Nude Not Lewd rally a cold clothes option Local News Echonetdaily

Jenni and Dazee wanted to send a strong message. Photo Tree Faerie.

A cool blustery day did little to dampen the determination of protestors at Tyagarah as almost 100 supporters visited the Nude Not Lewd beach rally throughout Sunday morning.

Though naturalists at heart, clothes were the days option for many as a chill wind blew along the beach, but their message was fiery hot.

Nude is not lewd.

Council is currently debating the future of clothes optional beaches in the Shire and naturists from the Byron area and beyond say they are fighting for their right to have clothes optional beaches. The protestors are adamant about everyone being able to enjoy the beach in a safe community environment.

Several speakers had their say during the morning and all agreed that there is sometimes an unpleasant element who are attracted to the nude beach, but working together, the community could address those issues.

A spokesperson for the Byron Naturists said that the main focus of the days rally is to keep the beach open.

Theres a small number of local residents who have been very vocal about trying to close the beach.

They have claimed that police statistics are up. That is true, but that is since the size of the [nude] beach has been reduced a lot of those statistics have been about people who have been naked outside of the signposted area. A lot of those statistics are also what they call bona fides they are doing daily patrols and they are asking people for ID.

So they are minor issues. What the police have said is that there havent been any major issues in the signposted area.

Photos Tree Faerie

10:55

Young snappers whip photo wins award Local News Echonetdaily

The youngest ever overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Photo Competition, Sophia Dadon, is just nine.

With a photo of some young kids eating whipped ice-cream, nine-year-old Sophia Dadon will go down in history as the youngest overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photo Competition.

Sophias photo Ice Cream Love was the 2018 overall winner.

Keeping in mind this years theme Loving Bruns Sophia snapped her young friends loving the whipped ice-cream from Bernardis on Mullumbimby Street.

In its 14th year, the competition winners were announced at a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday afternoon.

With the Tamara Smith MP, Peoples Choice and Instagram awards, judges chose 17 finalists and five winners from 135 print and almost 500 instagram entries.

From those entries a wonderful selection of photos are now for sale in the 2019 Simple Pleasure calendar.

For more information visit: www.brunswickheads.org.au.

 

09:52

Nothing of environmental significance at Tweed Hospital site Local News Echonetdaily

Artists impression of the new Tweed Hospital on the Kingscliff site.

NSW Health Infrastructure has repudiated claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) that the Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital, announced by the state government, would need to be assessed by the federal environment department.

Last week, Ms Elliot, whose husband Craig is running for the state seat of Tweed against sitting member Geoff Provest (Nationals), ran a series of ads and issued a media release saying Mr Provests decision to impose a hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands could be breaching Commonwealth law.

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

Ms Elliot argued that the proposed Tweed Hospital site near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.

Mr Provest responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.

Now the state body tasked with building the hospital, NSW Health Infrastructure, has announced that it, too, believes there is no requirement to refer the $534m new Tweed Hospital to the Commonwealth under the [act].

Detailed site investigations and advice from an independent environmental management expert has confirmed that there is no significant impact on any Matters of National Environmental Significance, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson told Echonetdaily.

The environmental area running along the northern boundary of the project site will be preserved outside of the development area to protect the environmental biodiversity and provide views and amenity for the hospital campus.

There is...

07:45

Castillo Copper Limited's Jackadgery Project: has spinning the truth already begun? North Coast Voices


On 15 September 2018 The Daily Examiner reported that:

Concerns  about the health of the Mann and Clarence rivers have been raised by community members following explorations by Castillo Copper at Cangai, near the historic copper mine.

Its the high grade of the finding that has some community members concerned, with the prospect of a mine opening in the area becoming more likely.

At a meeting attended by about 20 people, NSW Parliament Greens candidate for the Clarence Greg Clancy and John Edwards from the Clarence Valley Environment Centre explained their concerns with mining so close to the river.

After having trouble getting in contact with Castillo through its website, Mr Edwards took his inquiries about the exploration to the mining regulator.

I got an email from their managing dir...

07:34

Indecent assault in Byron Bay pub Local News Echonetdaily

A 41-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 16.

Police allege that at about 1.15am a man came up behind a woman while she was dancing with friends and pushed his penis in to her back .

Security detained the man until police arrived.

He was arrested and conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was refused bail. He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court later in the day and was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 20.

The post Indecent assault in Byron Bay pub appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:50

Thieves stoop to stealing grog from caravans Local News Echonetdaily

Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park. Photo weekendnotes.com

Police are warning residents in the Tweed to be especially careful to lock cars, homes and caravans following a recent spate of thefts.

During the evening of the September 15-16 alcohol was stolen from fridges in two caravans in the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.

Police are asking campers to ensure all their property is safely secured.

Police will be reviewing all CCTV within the park to try and identify the offenders.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson said police have seen an increase in stealing from motor vehicles, stolen motor vehicles and break and enter offences in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South.

The entire community need to ensure nothing of valuable is left in their cars, and to ensure your motor vehicles are always locked when there is not and adult within three meters of the vehicle, the spokesperson said.

Dont give opportunistic thieves the chance to take your property.

The post Thieves stoop to stealing grog from caravans appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:34

Liberty, freedom and civil rights? Do any of us understand these things anymore. Aidan Ricketts

Words like freedom, rights and liberty are values that the vast majority of people aspire to for themselves and others yet they remain poorly understood and as a result vulnerable to being manipulated.

When we think of the word liberty or libertarian, sadly many of us we quickly picture gun-toting rednecks from the [...]

00:15

Will Dutton face the High Court? North Coast Voices


On 23 August 2018 sixty-nine members of the Turnbull Coalition Government voted down a Labor motion to refer the Minister for Home Affairs and MP for Dickson, Peter Dutton, to the Court of Disputed Returns.

Included in this sixty-nine was Peter Dutton himself and most of the forty-five MPs who a day later refused to support Dutton's second leadership bid, as well as some reported to now be keeping their options open concerning referral to the Court. 

It seems that another motion is being prepared and there is no guarantee that the vote would go Dutton's way in a Morrison Coalition Government

News.com.au, 15 September 2018:

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been dealt another legal blow as constitutional law expert Anne Twomey says her advice for his referral to the High Court is "stronger" than ever.

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