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Wednesday, 14 March


Does the Catholic Church's great paedophile protection racket continue unabated? North Coast Voices


Brisbane Times, 10 March 2018:

The Catholic Church has failed to fully accept the horrific impact of child sexual abuse and its own role in a tragedy of epic proportions, a member of the royal commission has said.

In a surprisingly frank speech, Robert Fitzgerald - one of the six commissioners that oversaw the recently completed, five year inquiry - has slammed the churchs approach to abuse survivors, and its failure to tackle practices that contributed to the scourge of abuse and the secrecy around it.

Speaking at a Catholic Social Services Conference in Melbourne late last month, Mr Fitzgerald highlighted the disease of clericalism - the belief that the churchs male-only clergy are mystical beings, accountable to the Pope and to God, not to civil society or church laity.

Mr Fitzgerald, a practising Catholic, described the leadership of the church as "arrogant:

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Tuesday, 13 March


Ryce for breakfast Byron Bay Echonetdaily

Ryce Byron Bay is now open for breakfast!

From 7am Saturday and Sunday Ryce, located right up the beach end of Jonson St opposite the Beach Hotel in the old Hogs Breath building, will be offering a selection of breakfast dishes that are sure to set you up for the day.

Whether you are taking some time out for quiet contemplation or a group of friends preparing for a day on the beach, Michael Gravaghan says you are welcome to sit back, browse through a selection of complementary newspapers of just take in the ocean views while drinking Zentvelds Byron Blend coffee.

The menu features dishes influenced by our love for southeast Asian flavours. Highlights include our Big Brekkie $24 (turmeric hash cake, bacon, sausage, soy mushrooms, eggs, sourdough toast), Black-tea-smoked salmon $19 (salmon, poached egg, cucumber on rye), Morning Glory $19 (morning glory water spinach, sourdough, poached egg, hollandaise), Bacon & Egg Bao $16 (fried egg, kimchi, back served in our bao buns).

More info:
Ph: 6680 9183

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Dustyesky hits WOMAD Local News Echonetdaily

Dustyesky owns Stage 2 at WOMAD. Photo Vivienne Pearson.

Dustyesky, the very Russian choir made up of not-so-Russian men from Mullumbimby, performed to thousands of people over the weekend at the Adelaide site of the global World Of Music And Dance (WOMAD) festival.

That they stole the show was not surprising to those in the know but, as an unknown quantity to most of the 90,000 people who were estimated to be attending over four days, they were way out of left field.

The reaction tended to be one of curiosity and puzzlement, followed by awe at the vocal power of the songs and then laughter at the groups MC, comedian Mark Swivel (thats Comrade Swivelsky to you). The groups name, a play on Russian novelist Dostoyevsky, was certainly apt in the increasingly dusty environment over a hot weekend in dry Adelaide.

The total highlight of the festival, were the words of one audience member who rushed up to the group after their workshop. Loved the theatre and the music great fun, said another.

Two people who were very excited to be in the audience were Julie and Mick, parents of Dustyesky member Darren Gallant. Adelaide locals, this was their first time hearing their son sing with the group. Last time would have been when I was age 12 in the school choir, confirms Darren, who was amazed at his transition from WOMAD audience member to performer. Whod have thunk it! he says.

Humble beginnings

Initially formed purely with the aim of performing three songs at the 2014 Mullum Music Festival (because the festival wanted a Russian choir but couldnt afford a real one) the 28-strong group took on a life of its own when the members didnt want to stop their Tuesday night pub rehearsals.

At WOMAD, the group performed on three consecutive days, including on the festivals second-biggest stage to around 3,000 people. Many of these then came along to their workshop on the final day, wher...


Native timber showcase and design competition launches Local News Echonetdaily

Regenerating native rainforest is key to the Quality Timber Traders ethos. Photo supplied.

A deep rich valley clothed with magnificent trees in all my travels, I have never seen anything to equal the beauty of the vegetation.

These were the words by botanist William Guilfoyle in 1869 to describe travelling up the Tweed River with Mount Warning, or Wollumbin, in the background.

Today, the Big Scrub has all but been demolished, but there are a number of environmentalists and farmers who have come together to prove that there are ways to re-introduce rainforest trees and revegetate the countryside while also being able to selectively take out trees to help fund the reforestation and increase carbon sequestration.

Quality Timber Traders are asking local woodworkers, builders, architects, interior designers and cabinet makers in the northern rivers and southeast Queensland region to get involved in the inaugural Sustainable Native Timber Showcase and Design Competition. Photo supplied.

Design competition

In an ambitious project, these environmentalists and farmers have come together to create a market for native timbers. As part of the initiative, they have created the inaugural Sustainable Native Timber Showcase and Design Competition, and they are asking local woodworkers, builders, architects, interior designers and cabinet makers in the northern rivers and southeast Queensland region to get involved.

Imagine decorating your house with fur...


How do you want Byron to look in 10 years? Local News Echonetdaily

The Byron Community Strategic Plan is now on exhibition. Image Byron Shire Council

Byron Shire Council says nearly 3000 people have shared ideas, provided feedback and had their say to help shape its draft Community Strategic Plan, which has been released for public comment until the end of March.

Its still not too late to have your say but you will need to act quickly.

Byron Shire Councils Acting General Manager, Mark Arnold, said he was pleased with the level of involvement with nearly ten per cent of the population having their say but not surprised given how passionate and active the Byron Shire community is.

We heard overwhelmingly that your priorities include improving infrastructure, managing growth and change and balancing benefits and impacts of tourism, Mr Arnold said.

We also heard that we should focus on embracing community-led decision making, continuing to protect the natural environment, addressing housing affordability, supporting arts and cultural programs, improving transport and connecting the community.

The council has recently announced it will implement so-called citizen juries (groups of randomly selected community members) to help deal with the impression councillors are too remote from their constituents.

The mass engagement of residents has followed with a series of face-to-face meetings.

Over six weeks we did 76 hours of face-to-face engagement to understand what people liked about the Byron Shire and where the community collectively wanted to be in ten years, Mr Arnold said.

We visited towns, villages, markets and schools across the shire, held community and stakeholder workshops, asked for input online and surveyed local businesses.

Some 2,769 people shared their thoughts and ideas with us and these have been used to inform our new Community Strategic Plan, Our Byron, Our Future,  which sets an overarching vision for this Shire for the next ten years and what strategies can be implemented to achieve this, Mr Arnold said.

We also partnered with Mullumbimby and District Neighbo...


Tweed youth council shines light on homelessness and mental health Local News Echonetdaily

The 2018 Tweed Shire Youth Council. Photo supplied.Youth council

Tackling youth homelessness and mental health issues in the community are key concerns for this years Tweed Shire Youth Council members who have just had their first meeting.

Now in its third year, the Youth Council, is made up of representatives from public and private high schools in Tweed Shire who meet on a monthly basis to express views on youth oriented matters, while also providing opportunities for the development of communication, confidence and leadership skills. 

Jazmine Cook of Tweed River High School was elected as chair at the meeting and said she is looking forward to the experience. 

I decided to join the youth council to gain more knowledge and experience of how a council works and also to hopefully make a difference in our community, Jazmine said.  

I feel the group we have this year is very strong and I think we may be able to make a difference in youth homelessness and mental illness in the youth community.

Jaime Coetzee of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School was elected deputy chair and also spoke about her desire to have a positive impact.

I am hoping to assist with the prevalent issue of homelessness in the tweed, Jaime said. 

I am also excited to understand how the Tweed Council operates and makes their decisions.

Council General Manager Troy Green was on hand to welcome the group and asked each member directly what youth-oriented services they would like to see established or improved in the local area. 

Council Youth Development Officer Sylvia Roylance said the groups answers, which ranged from transport to mental health and homeless services, showed them to be engaged members of the community. 

On first impression they are all very insightful as to what...


Flow Hive is back with a hive of improvements Local News Echonetdaily

Australian father-son inventing team Stuart and Cedar Anderson who invented the Flow Hive. Photo supplied.

Annabelle Hill

Back in 2015, Australian father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson came up with a revolutionary honey-harvesting invention they named Flow Hive. They are now launching Flow Hive 2 on the North Coast, which is a redesign of the Flow Hive Classic, with 14 new innovations, all designed to improve the beekeeping experience and make the Flow honey harvesting system even easier on both the bees and the beekeeper alike.

Flow Frames, the award-winning component which distinguishes a Flow Hive from a conventional Langstroth hive, provides bees with a partially fabricated honeycomb matrix which they complete with their own natural wax. When the honey cells are capped, the honey is ready.

Conventional honey harvesting involves opening the hive super (the top box where the honey is), levering out the frames and carrying them to a honey shed or kitchen. Then the caps must be cut off with a hot knife and the honey squeezed or spun out using a centrifugal extractor. Its a hot, sticky, messy business involving lots of heavy lifting and plenty of bee stings.

But with a Flow Hive, the beekeeper can, from outside the hive, simply insert a tool into the frame and turn, activating the mechanism. The honey cells split vertically and the hexagons form channels, allowing the honey to flow down into the trough an...


Is this rat a friend or foe? Local News Echonetdaily

A native baby rodent that was recently rescued. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers.

Annabelle Hill

Please dont be fooled, what might appear to be a rat or mouse may in actual fact be a native rodent and quite possibly an endangered species. A friend rather than a foe.

Melomys, sometimes known as mosaic-tailed rats, are Australian native rodents. There are a number of species in the Northern Rivers, including the Grasslands and the Fawn-footed melomys.

The native Bush rat lives in eucalypt and rain forests and eats insects, fungi, seeds roots and plant stems. In the Northern Rivers we also have the Swamp rat and the Water rat. These shy creatures rarely move in to human houses, but are sometimes found around sheds and rural properties. The New Holland mouse (listed as vulnerable) is similar to the introduced House mouse but does not have a pungent odour.

A native baby rodent that was recently rescued. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers.

There are also a number of species of Antechinus in Northern NSW; the Brown, Dusky and Yellow-footed as well as the Black-tailed antechinus that was first discovered in the Border Ranges in 2014. Together with Planigales (which are listed as vulnerable to extinction), these small marsupials are often mistaken for mice. Being carnivores, they eat insects such as cockroaches, so are great inhabitants around your house.

It can be difficult to identify these species of small mammals, particularly when they are young. Please be careful when dealing with mice and rats around your home as you could be accidentally killing protected native wildlife, who might be eating less desirable insect pests and who help maintain the fragile balance of biodiversity in our environment.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between a normal (feral) rat or mice and a native as when they are babies they all look the same. Adult feral rats tend to have a long tail, toes of different lengths and large ears. There are various websites which contain photos and descripti...


Bellingen Seed Savers at the 2018 Autumn Plant Fair in Bellingen Bellingen Seed Savers

Gillian coordinated an excellent stall at the Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair. Members turned up in droves to help our customers choose appropriate seeds and plants and to offer gardening advice. Many of our customers are new to our climatic conditions and welcome tips for gardening in a subtropical/warm temperate climate.

David and Michelle with Sweet Leaf cuttings,.

Seeds packed by our Seed savers, potted plants and cuttings were on sale for a tiny price because our main aim is to spread the cultivation of useful plants within our local area, not to make a profit.



Heroic river rescue off Ballina RSL Local News Echonetdaily

LR Brave rescuers Mark Gray, Jared Arundell, Steve Smith. Photo supplied

Quick thinking by Ballina RSL staff and a heroic dive into the dark waters of a river at night saved a woman from drowning last Monday (March 5).

Around 9.30pm, staff heard the screams and calls for help from the river and, running to the end of the wharf, discovered that a woman had fallen in.

Jared Arundell dived straight into the water, fully clothed, to help her, and with help from Mark Gray and Steve Smith, managed to pull her out of the water and provide first aid assistance until the ambulance arrived.

Ballina RSL CEO Bill Coulter was full of praise for the staff. It was about 9.30 at night, so if she hadnt screamed out she could have been swept downriver with the tide and out to sea, he said.

It was a very courageous effort. Although the area is lit up, once you are in the water its pretty dark. It says a lot about the character of the young blokes that they just dived in boots and all to save her.

We later discovered that in the past she had been Jareds schoolteacher, but at the time he heard the screams, he didnt know that.

She was an older woman, and it had been pretty cold in the water. Thankfully we were able to help the lady and save her from the water, and then keep her warm inside the club until the ambulance arrived.

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Fukushima disaster not over, rally hears Local News Echonetdaily

Supporters of a full evacuation of Fukushima at The Channon market on Sunday, March 11. Photo: Kim Maree

Harsha Prabhu

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is not over, were the chilling words of warning uttered by Toshiko Okada, anti-nuclear activist from Japan, speaking at a gathering to mark the seventh anniversary of Fukushima, at the Channon Market on Sunday.

Scores of people including members of the regions Japanese community attended the gathering, despite the wet weather and the chance of the market being cancelled.

Okada is a member of Ctitzens Network for Evacuation from Radiation, which has been promoting the cause of Fukushima children and families affected by radiation.

She said, We are having serious radioactive contamination problems not only in Fukushima but also in Eastern Japan, because life threatening radioactive substances are still discharging from the Fukushima nuclear power plant every day.

Lethal levels of radiation had been detected at Fukushimas power plant seven years after the tsunami.  Apart from the release of volatile, gaseous radionuclides,  a recent Manchester University study also noted the presence of micro particles containing uranium, caesium and technetium,  several kilometres from Fukushima.

Plus thousands of gallons of radioactive water and waste are being stored above ground with no safe means of disposal.

Toshiko Okada addresses the rally
Photo: Kim Maree

Govt forced relocation

While experts were warning of a global disaster in the making, the Japanese government was busy normalising...


FAIR GO 101: It's Time To Change The Rules North Coast Voices


Only a handful of NSW landowners to face court over Murray-Darling Basin water theft allegations? North Coast Voices

ABC News, 8 March 2018:

The NSW Government will prosecute several people over alleged water theft on the Barwon-Darling, eight months after Four Corners investigated the issue.

WaterNSW has named the people it is taking to the Land and Environment Court over alleged breaches of water management rules.

They are prominent irrigator Peter Harris and his wife Jane Harris, who own a major cotton farm near Brewarrina in the state's north-west and were named in the Four Corners story.

The couple have been accused of taking water when the flow conditions did not permit it, and breaching licence and approval conditions.

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Monday, 12 March


Conservatism in Crisis In That Howling Infinite

In a fractured society, writes The Australians Paul Kelly, the Liberals are losing by choosing the wrong battles. In his article, republlshed below, Kelly reveals the void in the heart and soul of a rudderless, directionless, dysfunctional government, and the loss of an ethos that once bound together the many mansions of the Liberal-National Coalitions  broad but perennially fractious church.

He writes: The upshot is that the conservative movement in this country has no organisational structure, no agreed agenda or strategic mission.It features rival leadership contenders, crisscrosses the Coalition, pulls in a few celebrities, falls for the false mantra from its media champions and seizes up any grassroots eruptions of support from the suburbs and regions. This is not a winning formula. Conservatives suffer from serious tactical ineptitude and misread public opinion.

But behind all of this, challenging the Coalition, and haunting the long dark night of Mr Kellys  tortured conservative soul, is a social and cultural revolution that challenges all mainstream parties, and indeed, mainstream media (if the recent angst-ridden moralizing of the News Corp opinionistas is anything to go by) exemplified in the growth of social media and a new ethos of individual independence and self-actualization, accompanied by a decline in the status of and respect for the institutional political, commercial and cultural pillars of the past generations government, church, family, and business.

Out there on battler, dinky-di, aspirational and struggle streets, the prevailing attitude is that of a plague on all their self-interested, opportunistic and hypocritical houses!

Kelly quotes the American conservative writer Yuval Levin:  Our culture has been moved by an increasingly individualistic ideal and so by a drive for greater distinction, more customization and the elevation of personal choice and identity. To conservatives, this has meant the erosion of a once-unifying moral and cultural consensus, and the loss of comfortable and reassuring certainties.

Many of these old certainties, and the values, perceptions and assumptions that sustained them were actually quite regressive, and indeed, entrenched prejudice, oppression and discrimination, and it was good to see the back of them.

Turnbull Liberals doomed while conservatism in crisis

Paul Kelly, The Australian 10th March 2018

Featured picture: Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull with ousted PM Tony Abbott after the Coalitions campaign launch in Sydney in 2016.

Conservatives in the Anglo democ...


Woman dies in hospital after crash Local News Echonetdaily

A woman has died in hospital eight days after a single-vehicle crash on the North Coast on Sunday, March 4.

At about 1.45pm , the 24-year-old woman was driving a 2004 silver Subaru Forrester west on Cudgen Road, Cudgen, when the vehicle left the road and hit a number of trees.

Emergency services attended and rendered first aid before she was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital.

About 8.30am today (Monday, March12), police were advised that the woman had died of her injuries.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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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Staying true to this years theme of We Are The Mandala, Byron Spirit Festival expands its weekend-long programming to include even more teachers and nurturers to assist in your journey of self-discovery and development. Heres a look at the Yoga Program.

Tymi Howard is an International Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Owner of Guruv Yoga Studios in the United States. Pioneering the Vinyasa Yoga movement in Central Florida, Tymi is dedicated to inspiring people to discover their lifes purpose through the art of yoga and is known in the yoga community as a Teacher of Teachers and a skilful graceful practitioner, students fall in love with her dynamic, playful style of teaching, artistic sequencing and music! She is a self-proclaimed travel junky, blogger, animal rights advocate, lover of God, Life and Yoga. Forever a student and grateful to all of her teachers, students and family who continue to inspire!

Clinical Psychologist, Yoga Teacher and certified iRest Teacher, Dr Lauren Tober is a Mullumbimby local, with a passion for health, healing, happiness and awakening Lauren integrates the best of western psychology with ancient yogic wisdom, both on and off the mat.

Discovering yoga and meditation at the age of 19 as a suggested preventative for back problems, Rachel Zinman has been practising yoga for 30 years and has taught for over 20. Beginning her studies in Sydney before later moving to Byron, her training continued in the Iyengar and Astanga methods, with one of her first teaching engagements taking place at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore as the Head of Dance. Also, a published author and writer for many online and print magazines about lifestyle and yoga, she has recently released a book, Yoga for Diabetes which references her own journey with the co...


Cyclists brave the wet for World Naked Bike Ride Local News Echonetdaily

Video of the Byron ride courtesy Duncan James

Despite the wet weather, three World Naked Bike rides took off around the Northern Rivers over the weekend without a hitch and without a stitch albeit with somewhat fewer participants than in more clement years.

It was very much an event for the hardy and the hardened this year.



NSW under attack over pokie reform package Local News Echonetdaily

NSW Government reforms could lead to more poker machines, not less.

The NSW government is defending its proposed changes to gambling laws after the Greens said the reforms could actually boost pokies profits by $80 million a year.

Greens MP Justin Field says the coalitions legislation would essentially stop pokies being forfeited and instead see them leased meaning thered be a slowdown in the reduction of machines.

He argues allowing pokies to be leased would also see them moved from country to metropolitan areas resulting in more cash flowing to the industry.

Mr Field says profits will increase by at least $80 million a year and possibly double that.

(Under the changes) thered be absolutely no reason for venues that were thinking of getting out of the machines to use the current forfeiture arrangement, the Greens MP said on Monday.

They would lease them.

Mr Field expects thered be almost 1200 more machines in NSW by 2020 than would be the case if the forfeiture system remained in place.

Already the Northern Rivers region is stripped of hundreds of millions each year by poker machines.

The total pokies take by pubs and clubs in Ballina Shire is $25,248, 313. Clubs account for 424 poker machines and pubs have 165 machines.

In Lismore, the clubs have 302 machines and the pubs have 157 machines, which combined have a net profit of $17,252,252.

Byron Shire, according to the report, had 271 machines in clubs, and 158 in hotels. They have a combined net profit of $12,728 126.

Richmond Valley Council area has 266 machines in clubs, and 94 in hotels, and they rake in $13,020, 825.

But Tweed Shire Council is the standout for poker machine profits, with 1,847 machines in clubs, and 209 machines in pubs. They have a combined net profit of $97,146,107.

But NSW Racing Minister Paul Toole says the Greens are wrong.

The minister insists the total number of machines in the highest risk areas of the state cant rise.

About 20 per cent of the state will now become a no go zone for additional machines, Mr Toole said in a statement.

The total number of machines in these areas cant increase through either trading or the leasing scheme we announced last week....


What's on this week Home

Whats On in Nimbin
Mon 12 Sun 18 March

Nimbin street drummersevery Friday night from 7.30pm
Nimbin Hotel...Wed 14 Trivia Night/ Thurs 15 Ben Purnell /
Fri 16 Thorazoo & friends/Sat 17 TBA

Blue Moon Cabaret...Sat 17...School of Arts...featuring Shelly Brown &
Justin Bannistaer, Mrs Miyagi,The Runner Up, Deryn Evans, Paul
McMahon, Nicole Brophy, Khan; Kiara, Trombone Kellie, Christine
Strelan, Slavka and more. Bookings essential at Perceptio (ph 66891766)
tickets $35/$30 conc
Bush Theatre...Fri 16...Dinner Under the Stars with Tailor Birds 7pm
...Sat 17...Tommy Castles 1pm
...Sun 18...Sonic Bliss 10am/Jolanda Moyle 1pm
Blue Knob Hall Gallery; Caf (66897449)
Exhibition The Artists Choicegallery open Thurs-Sun

Weekly Markets:
Wednesday Farmers Market Wed 14 from 3pmThe Green Bank
Farmers MarketSat 17 from 8amBlue Knob Hall

Coming events:

Autumn Arts Extravaganza...School of Arts... Sat 31 March-Sun 29


Govt must deliver Koala Strategy: Opposition Local News Echonetdaily

Surveys show people in Lismore and Ballina want greater protection for koalas.

The Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Highway through core koala habitat has been listed as one of many reasons the iconic species appears doomed if the NSW Government fails to deliver its long-awaited Koala Strategy.

The NSW opposition has called on the government to release the strategy, saying the state had been without a strategy for five years.

Scientists have warned that on current trends the iconic koala is on track for extinction in NSW by 2055. The previous plan, the NSW Koala Recovery Plan that was developed under the previous Labor government, lapsed in 2013, and last week marked one year since consultation closed for a proposed replacement strategy.

The Governments own 2016 report from the NSW Chief Scientist found that the states koala population has dropped by a quarter over the last 20 years, down from a population of millions at the time of European settlement. The state is now home to fewer than ten percent of the nations koalas, with just 36,000 remaining in the wild.

Similarly, last year WWF-Australia reported that koala numbers in the Pilliga have dropped by a staggering 80 per cent since the 1990s; in the south-east, there are thought to be fewer than 60 koalas left; while west of the Great Dividing Range, 90 per cent of known populations are in decline.

Since 2011 the NSW Government has done more to harm koalas than save them, including:

* Introducing land clearing laws that could see eight million hectares of core koala habitat destroyed;
* Signing off on clearing codes that will only protect one per cent of koala habitat from land clearing;
* Selling off core koala habitat to developers for $250,000 at the Mambo Wetlands in Port Stephens;
* Directing the route of the Pacific Highway Upgrade at Ballina through core koala habitat;
* Refusing to support the Great Koala National Park, instead calling it a political gimmick;
* Allowing housing development in core koala habitat in the Macarthur region and including the upgrade of Picton Road without protections for the only chlamydia-free koala population in NSW;
* Carting off koalas in sacks from the Liverpool Plains to make way for the Shenhua coal mine; and
* Allowing logging operations that do not prop...


Can you spare a mo(hawk) for charity? Local News Echonetdaily

Byron-based author and adventurer Matt Towner his shaving his head into a mohawk for charity. Photo supplied

Local adventurer and author Matt Towner has found a sharp new way to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and launch his latest book at the same time.

Matts 80-year-old mum is a long-term leukaemia survivor so hes chosen to make the launch of his new book Crazy Shi*t in Asia a fundraiser for the charity.

But heres the hook hes launching the book as part of The Worlds Greatest Shave at The Blade barbers shop under La La Land in Byron Bay on Friday, March 16, from 5pm as he goes the Full Mo.

You can choose to join him at fundraise yourself, or donate to Matts fundraising page.

Matt, who is very lucky to be alive after a motorcycle accident in the middle of nowhere deep in the dark jungles of Thailand after smuggling gemstones all over the world for a living, has turned his taste for adventure into a series of books.

New Holland Publishers have commissioned the series and aim to have them in every airport bookshop globally as well as all good book stores and both books are available online already and selling very quickly now.

If you would like more of a taste of Matts crazy stores visit his Travellers Tales website.

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North Lismore Plateau DA re-advertised Local News Echonetdaily

A view of the North Lismore Plateau. (Darren Coyne)

A development application to create 433 residential allotments on the North Lismore Plateau is being re-advertised with further information.

Opponents of the development have been contacted by the Lismore City Council to inform them that the DA was going back on public display.

According to the subdivision DA, the proposed development would take place in three precincts.

If approved, the first precinct would deliver 95 residential allotments, a local centre allotment, open space and provision for environmental management.

Precinct two would create 295 residential allotments with open space and environmental management.

Precinct three would be a staged development of 43 residential allotments.

The council said the third precinct would be subject to a further development application.

In conjunction with the development application for subdivision, the council also has two Draft Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs) relating to the application on display.

The VPAs are on public exhibition from 28 February 2018 until 28 March 2018.

The VPAs, additional information and any accompanying documents or plans can be inspected during business hours at the Councils Corporate Centre or at any time via Councils DA Online tracking facility accessible on Councils website using reference no. 2017 /270 until the closing date 14 April 2018.


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Man dies after Broadwater crash Local News Echonetdaily

A man has died after a two-vehicle crash near on the Pacific Highway at Broadwater on Friday (March 9).

Shortly before 7pm, a white Toyota sedan and a white Volvo prime mover, travelling in opposite directions, collided on the highway.

The driver of the Toyota and sole occupant, an 88-year-old man died at the scene.

The driver of the prime mover, a 51-year-old man, was not injured and was taken to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

As part of their inquiries, police will examine the 88-year-old mans medical history and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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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Employer groups put pressure on Turnbull Government to stifle union mergers North Coast Voices

In 2017 members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) considered a proposal to amalgamate into one union or alternatively to amalgamate only the CFMEU and the MUA.

The ballot was conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and results declared on 28 November 2017. There appears to have been no irregularities affecting the ballot outcome.

The Fair Work Commission handed down a decision giving effect to the CFMEU and MUA amalgamation on 27 March 2018.

Employer groups Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) and Master Builders Australia (MBA) are now appealing the Commissions decision.

The Australian, 9 March 2018, p.2.

Employers have taken legal action to try to overturn the Fair Work Commission decision approving the merger of the construction and maritime unions.

The Australian Mines and Metals Association and Master Builders A...


Is there really a full moon permanently hovering over The Australian or are headlines like this just for the clickbait? North Coast Voices

This was the headline to the error-ridden article below, Chilling fact is most climate change theories are wrong.

Once again there is a deliberate misunderstanding about the term climate change  actually means and what it leads to.

It was Maurice Newmann at his mad hatter finest.

The Australian, 8 March 2018:

Recent research suggests a mini ice age may be a greater threat to the planet
You have to hand it to Peter Hannam, TheSydney Morning Heralds climate change alarmist-in-chief, for his report last month, Really extreme global weather event leaves scientists aghast.

Hannam is often the canary in the coalmine (er, wind farm) when there is a sense that public belief in man-made global...

Sunday, 11 March


Sunday, 11 March 2018 - 6:15pm

This week, I have been mostly reading:

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