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Tuesday, 20 February




The records keep coming at Gold Coast Airport, with the busiest day in history landing in January and toppling the previously highest day just 15 days after it was set.
On 7 January, 24,585 passengers arrived and departed the airport, which is a larger number than the population of Maryborough. The previous record of 24,076 was set on 23 December 2017.

The month of January was also the busiest in GCAs history, with more than 650,000 passengers passing through the terminal an increase of 4.2 per cent on January 2017.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said it was a strong start to what would be a momentous year for the companys largest airport.

Both December and January were extremely busy for passenger movements and our ability to handle these peaks have put us in good stead for the thousands of people about to descend on the city for the Commonwealth Games, Mr Mills said.

In March the airport stands up for the arrival of Games athletes, officials, media and spectators, and we expect the arrival and departure periods for this event to be comparable to the usual peaks we see over Christmas and New Year.

The month of January was particularly strong from a domestic perspective, with growth on our core markets of Sydney and Melbourne, and a significant increase in passengers on the Canberra route thanks to re-timing of the service to better suit leisure travellers.
Internationally, Singapore and Tokyo were standout performers.

Mr Mills said delivery of the airports expansion plans were key to facilitating long-term passenger growth.

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Chincogan Lookout Mullumbimby Echonetdaily

Mt Chincogan from the Chincogan Lookout.

The Byron Shire has some iconic views. One of the most memorable is the view of Mt Chincogan as you drive in to Mullumbimby from Uncle Toms, thanks to a visionary town planner and surveyor who insisted on the current alignment of the road. Michael Abboud is the owner of the new dwellings that have appeared on the north-facing slope near the intersection of Saddle Rd and Mullumbimby Rd, and hes creating a Chincogan Lookout on his property, including a mixture of short-and long-term accommodation. For more info Ph 0421 738 352.

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Raising funds for refugee friendship visits in Uki Local News Echonetdaily

Locals and visitors have fun canoeing together as part of the refugee friendship visit. Photo supplied.

The Uki Refugee project is continuing to support refugees in Australia through their refugee friendship visits that they have been running for several years.

The next visit will take place on the weekend of March 24 and they will be having two fundraisers to generate the funds to support the project in early March.

A film night will take place at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm with the special screening of Chauka, please tell us the time   this will be the first time it will be screened in regional Australia.

The documentary was shot by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island. The footage was sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani to be turned into a documentary.

This will be followed by a fundraising concert on Saturday, March 17 featuring  Kim Banffy and the Songbirds at the Uki Anglican Church. There are only 80 tickets available so organisers are recommending that you pre-purchase tickets. Tickets for both events are available through the try booking site.

The friendship visits have been taking place since 2014 and have provided a great opportunity of connection between the local Uki community and refugees.

We had one Kurdish woman who was very depressed as several of her sons were lost in the fighting in Iran presumed dead, said one of the organisers Bryan McClellan.

She has two younger children here with her and her teenage daughter persuaded her to have a go on a flying fox at a playground we were visiting.  It was a real breakthrough moment for her and she began to smile as she flew on the flying...


Lismores Tatts Hotel forced to the wall by insurance rejection Local News Echonetdaily

The New Tattersalls Hotel in Lismore has been forced to close its doors. (picture Paul Connelly)

The heart of live music in Lismore has stopped beating for now.

The  devastated publicans of the New Tattersalls Hotel in Keen Street, Rod and Kim Bradbury, yesterday announced the sudden closure of their business via a Facebook post, citing last years flood, insurance problems and landlord issues.

What a bastard of a is with broken hearts that we have had to close our doors today, they wrote.

After fighting the battle that was Debbie, we have been defeated by our insurance company and unforgiving landlords.

This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. Our hearts go out to our staff for they are truly amazing.

To our patrons, whom are like family, we are sorry. We have tried our damndest to make it work but just cant. Watch this space though, we could be back with a vengeance.

Following the March floods,  the publicans and staff battled to get the hotel back running, and it was indeed the first hotel in the CBD to be be back serving meals and providing entertainment.

When a fundraiser was organised to help them get back on their feet following the flood, an amazing 50 acts offered to play. A one night event turned into a three day event, showing the love that the music industry and its patrons have for the pub.

But a fundraiser was never going to cover the high cost of keeping the pub running, and the publicans were banking on their insurance company to do the right thing and pay their $750,000 claim, or at least a good portion of it.

They explored options to sell the lease but each offer was rejected by the property owners.

So despite paying around $37,000 in insurance cover each year, they ran out of options when the insurance company, AssetInsure, declined their claim last week.

And although the publicans business model was based around live music and top class meals, Mrs Bradbury said the dozen or so poker machine entitlements had kept the ledger happy prior to the flood.

We have lost $180,000 in revenue because we have not had eight poker machines on the floor since the flood, she sai...


Highway upgrade one step closer as service road opens Local News Echonetdaily

Aerial view of part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo RMS

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Naitonals) said a new service road opening on Thursday will give traffic a safe and efficient bypass of the Pacific Highway upgrade works between Woodburn and Broadwater for the next two years.

This is a significant day for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, as moving traffic onto this service road will allow work to continue on the new highway. Separating traffic will help minimise the impact of work and improve safety for workers and highway motorists, Mr Hogan said.

The opening of the 3.5 kilometre service road represents a years worth of work and is a significant milestone for the overall upgrade, which is progressing well towards its planned 2020 completion, Mr Hogan said.

State MP for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis (Nationals), said the service road would remain as a local road between Woodburn and Broadwater following the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

The new road will better connect locals in the area when the main upgrade opens to traffic in 2020, Mr Gulaptis said.

Fauna crossings

The service road also considers local wildlife, with six fauna crossings providing safe passage underneath the highway.

This is a key wildlife corridor, so six fauna crossings which support the migration and colonisation of native wildlife have been included in the design, Mr Gulaptis said.


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Tweed Council fined over Terranora sewage spill Local News Echonetdaily

Terranora Inlet. Photo

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Tweed Shire Council $15,000 after it allowed partially treated sewage from Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant to spill into Terranora Creek last year.

The council holds an environmental protection licence that allows the release of treated wastewater into Terranora Creek.

But it discharged partially treated wastewater that exceeded the limits into the waterway between 5 8 November 2017.

The councils engineering director David Oxenham said that as soon as our staff became aware of this issue, they worked immediately to limit the release of effluent and implemented an emergency response.

The council also undertook significant operational works to ensure that all subsequent effluent released was compliant with licence requirements, he added.

He says that since the event the council has undertaken an incident cause analysis and has implemented key findings to reduce the risks of a similar event in the future.

We have made improvements to our mechanical and electrical controls at the site as well as delivered additional training to operational staff.

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Cubby house ordered to be removed by Council Local News Echonetdaily

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

What is public art? This is the question that local resident Mellanie Coppin is planning to ask Byron Shire Councils public art panel as she looks for a way to redefine the cubby house that was installed on the road reserve near her home in Massinger Street, Byron Bay. 

After being told by the council to remove the cubby house in August 2017, Mellanie has asked if there was a way to keep it there, as she says it is loved by both children and adults as well as locals and tourists. 

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.

Melanie has asked council if the cubby house could be considered amongst the public art features of our town rather than an encroachment?

However, the councils tourism and projects officer Joanne McMurtry said that while she was empathetic to the idea of the cubby house being art, a treehouse/cubby doesnt fit with our definition of public art and Mellanie has now been given 28 days to remove it. 

According to the vision of the councils own draft public art strategy, public art should be vibrant, contemporary public art that reflects and promotes the unique character and life-style of the region.



Byron Council takes action against caf Local News Echonetdaily

Habitat car park on a typical Saturday night. Photo David Dixon

Chris Dobney

Byron Shire Council is taking compliance action against the popular Barrio caf in Bayshore Drive after ongoing complaints from neighbours that it is noisy and operating outside the terms of its DA (development application).

Echonetdaily understands the venues owners have been served with a Penalty Infringement Notice.

Not a canteen

Barrio was approved as a canteen for workers and residents of the still incomplete Habitat development on Bayshore Drive but neighbour Dave Dixon says the number of cars parked outside the venue in the evenings belies this status.

Mr Dixon told Echonetdaily, Barrio was only approved as a low-key canteen but has been operating as a fully-fledged restaurant less than 50 metres from homes since they opened in December 2017.

Council officers met with Habitat developer Brandon Saul in January over excessive noise generated by Barrios exhaust fans, which engineers are still trying to determine how to fix.

Then, late last month, neighbours complained about patron noise at night and Barrio management responded by closing the doors to the caf at 10pm.

But neighbours said this did little to improve their situation, as there are large plate glass windows facing directly onto Bayshore Drive.

At the time Barrios owner/manager Dan Wyllie told Echonetdaily the caf averaged 120-150 patrons a night but Mr Dixon says this proves it is anything but a low key canteen for locals.

At present, there are only a dozen or so businesses operating at Habitat (and some of these are temporary, summer pop-up shops) and only about 20 completed dwellings.

This is an insufficient customer base to underpin such buoyant patron numbers and such an elaborate canteen, he said.

Out of area patrons

Mr Dixon said t...


NORTEC small business incubation site sold Local News Echonetdaily

Jewellery maker Adelaide Friday, who moved onto the NORTEC site, with her business Pirates Dreaming. Photo Aslan Shand.

Aslan Shand

NORTECs small business incubation site in Byron Bay industrial estate has been bought by a local developer and builder who is keen to create a hub for successful local businesses.

Some of the businesses who were at the location and under the auspices of NORTEC will be remaining and Noel Cratchley is looking at upgrading the site to give it a new vibe and create a successful local business space. 

As previously reported, NORTEC have yet to comment publicly over their liquidation of their property assets, which has left many small businesses in the lurch. 

Noel Cratchley says he wants to create a shopping precinct for local businesses.

There is a lot of work to do the gutters dont work, the site floods and it is generally run down, Noel continued. 

Having built the trip-a-deal and surfboard agency buildings, among others, Noel is keen to keep things local and good quality. 

Im going to do a full renovation of the building block, then I will be looking at create a strata for a few of them, selling a few and keeping some.

Jewellery maker Adelaide Friday, who moved onto the NORTEC site, with her business Pirates Dreaming, as a small business looking to develop he business model under NORTEC, will be one of the business to remain. ...


Celebrating the new Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores Local News Echonetdaily

Celebrating the opening of stage one was a huge success and everyone is invited back to celebrate stage two this Sunday. Photo supplied.

Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores is celebrating the completion of its second stage on Sunday 25 February from 3 till 6pm and are inviting everyone to come and join in the fun.

Ocean Shores Public School are planning games, a treasure hunt, stalls and live performances for everyone to enjoy.

To realise this stage, quite a few locals came together in a joint effort, said stage two coordinator Tina Petroff.

They have installed a shelter, new picnic area and a BBQ creating new spaces for families to enjoy a relaxing day at the park.

Volunteers are rarely acknowledged for their hard work and the value they add to a project and Waterlily Community Playscape could not continue to grow without these dedicated helpers. Many thanks to Yoram (Tiny), Stan, Fabricio, Jason, David, Orit, Omri, Helen and Tom.

In 2016 the Waterlily Playscape Committee received $50K funding from a successful grant to

community building partnership announced by Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina and they have worked hard to create an inclusive space with full wheelchair access BBQ and picnic area.

The committee co-funded a vivid mural with the Ocean Shores Tennis Clu drawn on the external Tennis clubhouse walls by Daniel Hend, a local artist, extending the nature theme of the park.They will also be continuing to develop the site with plantings of established trees, and park benches.

Unfortunately alongside new interest in the park, locals notice more bad behaviour onsite. The

Waterlily Playscape committee is calling for a community action, encouraging locals to report to the police observed inappropriate behaviour while at Waterlily Park on 131444 or 000.

For more details about the community celebration event see their Facebook page.

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Why retire when you could have an encore career? Local News Echonetdaily

Older workers can be a significant asset in the workplace. Photo LinkedIn

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when Im 64? wrote Paul McCartney all those years ago. Ironically, hes still working, well beyond that age.

And so will many Australians, either by choice, because pension ages have risen or because their superannuation doesnt match their needs in an area of rampant cost of living increases.

Were entering the era of the encore career.

Want to know how you can make the most of your later working years?

The IRT is holding a Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers in Ballina on 13 March.

The increase in minimum age eligibility for the pension, combined with increasing life expectancy, means mature age workforce participation is a growing issue for policymakers and people approaching retirement, said IRT Foundation Manager, Toby Dawson.

Many people will now need to continue working longer to survive financially, and the Career Check-Up Expo can help them plan their future careers, working into their 60s and beyond, Mr Dawson said.

The reality is that people who fail to plan for an encore career are more likely to end up jobless. Career planning is crucial, particularly for older workers.

This is where IRT Foundations Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers can help. The Expo is a one-stop-shop for people aged over 45 looking for advice on career planning, education and training, financial planning and job seeking services.

This new mature workforce is also creating opportunities for businesses, Mr Dawson said.

Older workers are creating new opportunities for training providers, increasing diversity in workplaces by sharing their experience with younger colleagues and the cohort is one of the strongest drivers of economic activity in the country.

IRT Foundation is putting the call out to businesses across the Northern Rivers region to promote their services to older workers, whether it be in financial planning, training, employment or HR related fields.

The Expo has received funding by the NSW Governments Liveable Communities Grants program in recognition of the importance of a thriving mature age workforce. Australias ageing population, and a declining number of people of traditional working age, mean we need to start thinking laterally about how best to use our existi...


US Dept of Justice-FBI investigation of Russian links to Donald Trump's election campaign inexorably rolls on North Coast Voices

On 17 May 2017 the probe into Russian influence on US political processes and collusion between the Russian Government and individuals associated with the election campaign of President Donald J Trump became an investigation which would inevitably lead to charges being laid.

To date both President Trump's former campaign manager and campaign deputy-director have been indicted, along with thirteen Russian nationals and three corporations.

Trump's former security adviser, along with a former member of his foreign policy advisory team and an individual who unlawfully supplied US bank accounts to Russians associated with the alleged political interference, have plead guilty to charges.

Current State of Play according to US Dept. of Justice

U.S. v. Internet Research Agency, et al (1:18-cr-32, District of Columbia)
A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on Feb. 16, 2018, against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes. The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

U.S. v. Richard Pinedo, et al (1:18-cr-24, District of Columbia)


So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? North Coast Voices

It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...

Monday, 19 February



Byron Bay Surf Festival Artshow returns to Lone Goat Gallery for 2018 with a trio of highly influential artists with wildly individual histories spanning avant-garde surfing, DIY culture, activism, collaborative murals and hardcore & garage punk music.

OPENING 5.30 PM 7.30 PM Friday 23 February
Special Surf Festival Opening Hours:
Open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February

Gumbaynggirr Bundjalung man Otis Carey is equally renowned for his unorthodox approach to high performance surfing as he is for visual art.

Otis infuses his own traditional indigenous culture with contemporary Australian surf. I paint contemporary indigenous art, Otis says. The way I can best explain it is, its a broken-down form of traditional symbols and stories that arent giving all of it away but just enough for people to understand.

Based in Austin Texas, Tim Kerr became involved musically and artistically with the early stages of the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk/hardcore/self-expression movement in the 1970s.

The idea that anyone could, and should participate in self-expression is key to Tims approach to music and visual art. He was a founding member of influential bands The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers and Monkeywrench that have made recordings for record labels Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy for The Record Industry, In The Red, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars. Tim has also produced and recorded bands for all the labels above, both in the US an...


Flood of road repairs in Tweed Local News Echonetdaily

Manns Road at Rowlands Creek Road was closed owing to this massive landslip during the March 2017 flooding. Photo Will Matthews

Almost a year after the catastrophic March 2017 floods, Tweed Shire Council has finally awarded the first bundle of major-sized flood repair road packages and the last of its minor to medium-sized repair packages to the value of about $1.9 million.

Design and construction of repairs at major slips on Clothiers Creek Road, Nunderi; two sites on Kyogle Road, Kunghur; two sites on Urliup Road, Urliup; and one on on Numinbah Road, Numinbah, will be undertaken by Australian Marine and Civil Pty Ltd.

All works require slope stabilisation repairs using soil nail or other anchor technology and have been grouped based on type of work to maximise gearing-up efficiencies.

Works will also include repairs to damaged items such as guardrails, road surfaces and stormwater drainage.

Clothiers Creek Road is the priority site for this bundle but detailed design work will take about two months before on-the-ground repairs can start. So far, geotechnical investigations have been completed, options analysed, concepts prepared and Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) funds secured.

Medium size repairs

The fourth and final contract for minor to medium-sized repairs was awarded to Coastal Works.

This package of work has been mostly bundled according to location to maximise travel efficiencies. This package comprises repairs on 26 roads in Back Creek, Mebbin, Mount Burrell, Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon, Burringbar, Brays Creek, Kunghur Creek, Fernside, Tyalgum, Limpinwood, Rowlands Creek, Uki, Numinbah, Cudgera Creek and Upper Crystal Creek. It involves replacing more than 65 damaged items and is worth about $1.13 million.

Coastal Works is expected to mobilise within weeks to begin repairs.

More major road repair contracts are expected to be awarded at next months Tweed Shire Council meeting, including Cudgera Creek Road, Cudgera.

Tweed Valley Way nearly complete

Meanwhile, work to permanently repair the catastrophic failure of Tweed Valley Way at Blacks Drain, South Murwillumbah, is nearing completion.

The contractor, Skeen Constructions Pty Ltd, has advised Council to expect that the road will reopen by the end of next week. Then, the temporary sidetrack and traffic lights will be removed. Ancillary works will continue to the end of March.

The March 2107 flood caused approximately...


Tweed Council gives rail trail go-ahead despite some concerns Local News Echonetdaily

Murwillumbah Station will soon be the starting point for the North Coast Rail trail after Tweed Shire Council voted to go ahead with the project. Photo Flickr/RailWA

At its meeting last week, Tweed Shire Council resolved to accept the offer of $6.5 million in federal grant funding to construct the 24-kilometre long Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the rail trail project.

But a council spokesperson said a number of safeguards had been put in place to ensure the rail corridor remains.

The council will also explore whether it is economically viable to build the trail beside the existing track and whether additional opportunities such as driverless electric carts could be used to make the trail more palatable to staunch train enthusiasts, who have campaigned for more than a decade for the return of rail services.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said she was very pleased that we will be getting an opportunity to go to the market to also see if the trail could be built next to the track.

There would obviously be a greater range of opportunities for transport and tourism if we could utilise both the track and an adjacent trail, she said.

The council also resolved to seek an annual contribution from the state government to fund operations and maintenance of the regional tourism facility and is proposing a Trust be established to oversee governance and management of the trail, which could eventually extend all the way to Casino.

The resolution also included the following wording about safeguards:

To ensure that appropriate legislation is in place that would:

  1. Maintain the corridor in public ownership in perpetuity for exclusive use as a rail Ttrail, for the return of rail or public transport
  2. Allow under lease or license to the Trust uses complementary to the success of the rail trail (for example rail carriages used on parts of the disused line that would add character and services to the rail trail such as a coffee cart, art and craft, bike hire, accommodation, etc)  and that income derived from these be quarantined for maintenance of the rail trail, corridor and associated infrastructure (former stations).
  3. Require an Act of Parliament as oppose...


Golfers to take a swing at raising cash for cancer charity Local News Echonetdaily

Jodie McRae, the founder of cancer charity Jodies Inspiration. (Facebook)

A Lismore cancer charity that has raised close to $160,000 since its inception will be kicking off its fundraising efforts this year with its third annual charity golf day next Sunday.

More than 200 golfers will drive Jodies Inspiration Ltd into its 2018 fundraising season at the Lismore Workers Club.

The charity was founded by Lismore woman Jodie McRae, who passed away from breast cancer in 2016.

It has continued to raise funds for the cancer care centre at the Lismore Base Hospital, and last year secured $84,000.00 worth of scalp cooling machines for the centre.

The annual golf day event will see over 200 players take to the pristine Lismore course as they compete in a four-player ambrose. The two shotgun starts will occur at 7.00am and 12.30pm.

Players will be treated to a complementary BBQ and will be able to participate in various on-course fundraisers, such as a hole in one competition on the par three 8th hole, a longest drive for both male and female players on the 9th hole, plus a buy a birdie putting competition on the 13th hole.

Organisers have thanked the generous support of sponsors, particularly major sponsor the Lismore Workers Club.

Players on the day will walk away with over $5,000.00 worth of prizes, ranging from new golf bags, shoes, complementary rounds of golf at some of the best courses on the Gold Coast and much more.

Holes on the course have been sponsored by generous local businesses, with money donated going directly towards supporting the work of Jodies Inspiration in the area of local palliative care services.

Charity chairman Jess Smith said the golf day was shaping up to be another wonderful community fundraising event.

We will be launching our 2018 Major Raffle at this weekends golf event and yet again we have some wonderful prizes to give away this year.

First prize is an Australian built 7 x 4 on road camper trailer suitable for four persons, donated by WOW Campers & Trailers Superstore. The second prize is a 4 Night P&O Cruise on the Pacific Aria departing Brisbane on 17 May 2019, visiting Hamilton Island.

The lucky winner of our third prize will take home a CHiQ 70 LED HD U70G8 Smart Television. Collectively over $12,000.00 worth of prizes will be won in this years Major Raffle.

The hole sponsors are: Simes Bros Coaches, Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors, L J Hooker Lismore, WOW Campers and Trailers Superstore, Beaumont Tiles, Katrina Beohm Real Estate, Budget Eye Wea...


Byron lookout reclaimed by community activists Local News Echonetdaily

The sign proclaiming the lookout reclaimed for the community. Photo supplied

Iconic Scarrabelottis Lookout on Coolamon Scenic Drive has been reclaimed by community activists after Byron Shire Council placed a number of boulders at the site recently.

The boulders placed at the Scarrabelottis Lookout site by Byron Shire Council. Photo supplied

According to the council, the rocks had been placed there to control ongoing illegal camping at the site.

A spokesperson for the group, Chris Turnbull, contacted Echonetdaily with a statement and photos of new signage and rehomed rocks at the site, following a community action there last week.

We have reclaimed Scarrabelottis Lookout. Any attempt from the council to intervene will be met with prosecution of the ranger and the general manager, the statement said.

The rocks that were placed have been moved, for many reasons, safety being the paramount reason, illegal behavior by the ranger and the general manager also a paramount reason, it continued.


Adani protest film to be shown in Nimbin Local News Echonetdaily

A documentary highlighting the power and passion of those taking action agains the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland will be shown in Nimbin on Thursday.

The film, #StopAdani: A Mighty Force, will be shown at the Birth & Beyond building at 54 Cullen Street at 6.30pm, and will be followed by pictures and stories from members of the Front Line Action Against Coal group.

The free event will be one of dozens simultaneous screenings in communities around Australia.

Organisers said the film shows a young Aboriginal woman standing up for her country; A Melbourne Rabbi putting pressure on his MP; Sydney volunteers calling voters during an election, and a Queensland farmer leading a massive protest.

The #StopAdani campaigns first documentary, Guarding the Galilee, screened over 400 times to around 10,000 people across Australia, bringing communities together to build a movement that now has well over one hundred active groups across the country.

Organisers said the combined membership of these groups and the organisations of the Stop Adani Alliance well and truly tops two million Australians.

In 2017, the movement pushed Australian and Chinese banks to say no to funding the mine, pressured the Queensland government to veto the $1 billion loan, and saw engineering firm Downer break $2 billion in ties with Adani, they said.

So far in 2018, rail operator Aurizon have withdrawn their application for taxpayer funds to build Adanis railway.

Yet with Adani having sunk billions into their QLD mine, and ongoing political support for the project, Adani arent just going to walk away. The fight to stop Adani is not over, but as Juru Traditional elder Carol Prior says in the film, Adani are dealing with a mighty force, and the more it grows, the harder well be to beat.

Alan Roberts whos back from two trips up north and will be showing pictures of the proposed Adani mine site, said the documentary  was inspirational.

This Mighty Force is encapsulated by the character, humanity, determination and selflessness of the people turning up on the front line and implementing the direct actions against Adanis operations. They come from all around Australia. Youll see just a few of them in my pictures,&#821...


Police discover cannabis plantation at Wadeville Local News Echonetdaily

One of the cannabis plants police allegedly seized from a Jiggi property on Friday, February 16. Photo NSW Police

Two 24-year-olds have been charged with cultivating cannabis after almost running into a police vehicle on an isolated track at Wadeville on Sunday.

Nimbin police allege they were driving along the track when a 4WD drove straight at them, forcing the police to reverse to avoid a collision.

The police then blocked the vehicle and apprehended the two occupants a 24-year-old Queensland man and a 24-year-old Wadeville man.

Police searched the 4WD and located freshly cut cannabis.

The 4WD tracks were followed for a short distance and police located 50 mature cannabis plants, some over three metres tall.

Police also located a well established watering system with weed sprayers, a petrol water pump and irrigation piping throughout the site together with fertilizer, water containers and buckets.

The Wadeville man was charged with Use Offensive Weapon to Prevent Lawful Detention, Cultivate Cannabis Greater than Indictable Quantity and Possess Prohibited Drug.

The Queensland man was charged with Cultivate Cannabis Greater than Indictable Quantity. Both were released on conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court in March.

14 plants discovered

Meanwhile, in Casino on Sunday, police made an easy arrest after being called to a a minor domestic incident at a Casino address between a man and a woman.

While speaking to the couple the man casually mentioned there were 14 cannabis plants growing in the back yard.

Permission was given to enter the back yard where police saw 14 cannabis plants growing. The woman then handed police a bag of cannabis and a bong.

The man and woman were both issued Future Court Attendance Notices for Cultivate Prohibited Drug and Possess Prohibited Drug. They will appear in Casino Local Court in April.


Man hospitalised after ute and B-double crash at Brunswick Heads Local News Echonetdaily

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter landing at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo WRHS

The driver of a utility was trapped for 30 minutes following a crash on the Pacific Motorway near Brunswick Heads on Sunday morning (February 18) before being airlifted to hospital.

The crash occurred about 2am, when a northbound B-double and a southbound Mitsubishi utility collided in the northbound lanes near the Gulgan Road interchange.

The B-double then continued onto to wrong side of the road and rolled. The driver escaped injury.

The driver of the utility, a 38-year-old from Possum Creek, was trapped in the vehicle for about 30 minutes before being released.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene and landed on the motorway with the crew treating the man for head, arm and chest injuries.

He was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition..

The southbound lanes remained closed for some hours while the salvage operation was underway.

Police inquiries into the incident continue.

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:


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Plea to help find missing North Coast teenagers Local News Echonetdaily

Missing North Coast teenagers Georgina Hills, Tyson Giles and Alex Cupitt.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate three teenagers who may possibly be in the Byron Bay or Lismore areas.

The two boys and a girl, Tyson Giles (13), Alex Cupitt (13) and Georgina Hills (14), are from Alstonville, Lismore and Kyogle respectively.

Georgina was last seen attending school in Lismore on Monday, February 5, and was reported missing to police the following day.

Tyson and Alex were last seen attending school in Lismore on Friday, February 2.

They were reported missing to police last Friday, February 16.

It is now believed the three are travelling together in the Byron Bay or Lismore areas and are refusing to contact family or carers.

Police have concerns for their welfare and would like to speak with the three children to ensure their wellbeing.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is urged to contact Lismore police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information can be given in confidence.



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Man charged over Mullumbimby home invasion Local News Echonetdaily

Police have charged a Mullumbimby man in relation to an alleged home invasion last week. But two others have so far evaded them.

At 8.40pm on Sunday, February 11, three men allegedly armed with handguns, a rifle and a sword entered a house on Poplar Street, Mullumbimby, and threatened the occupants a 60-year-old man, his two sons aged 22 and 13 and two friends.

The incident was reported to police on Wednesday, February 14.

The following day, a home on Azalea Street, Mullumbimby was searched, and a number of items, including a replica pistol, were seized.

A 23-year-old man was charged with aggravated entry of a dwelling with intent, affray, breach of bail, and breaking and entering with intent.

He was refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court last Friday (February 16).

Investigations are continuing the identity of the two other unknown men.


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Surprise, Surprise. Nationals appear to be telling pork pies to voters on the NSW North Coast yet again North Coast Voices

Echo NetDaily, 15 Februaty 2018:

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of 'misleading the public' over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.
In recent weeks both roads minister Melinda Pavey and north coast MLC Ben Franklin have made public statements regarding the re-vegetation of koala habitat at Meerschaum Vale to compensate for the damage caused by the highway upgrade construction.
On February 3, Minister Pavey said in a press release that 'the government had re-vegetated 130 hectares of land with 95,000 koala feed trees.'


Global fires affect Earth's methane emission levels North Coast Voices

National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), 4 January 2018:

A reduction in global burned area in the 2000s had an unexpectedly large impact on methane emissions.

A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation of emissions from global fires. The new study resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explanations for the increase.

Methane emissions have been rising sharply since 2006. Different research teams have produced viable estimates for two known sources of the increase: emissions from the oil and gas industry, and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. But when these estimates were added to estimates of other sources, the sum was considerably more than the observed increase. In fact, each new estimate was large enough to explain the whole increase by itself.

Scientist John Worden of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and colleagues focused on fires because they're also changing globally. The area burned each year decreased about 12 percent between the early 2000s and the more recent period of 2007 to 2014, according to a new study using observations by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer satellite instrument....

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