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Saturday, 09 December


Quotes of the Week North Coast Voices

"We truly hadn't ever considered that people could just be really evil." [Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince in Gizmodo on 1 December 2017, on why this service provider company protects virulent neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer

"Some families, some communities, some cultures breed strife. Governments cannot always fix it. Compulsory contraception for those on benefits would help crack intergenerational reproduction of strife." [NewsCorp journalist and newly appointed  head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, Gary Johns, in BuzzFeed, 19 May 2015]


Tweet of the Week - HEATBREAK WARNING North Coast Voices

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Friday, 08 December



Tigerair Australia has flown its inaugural flight from Hobart to the Gold Coast, commencing the only direct low cost service between the two destinations.

Tigerair will operate the return service four times weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at times well suited to leisure travellers.

The flight was welcomed to the Gold Coast with a ceremonial water cannon salute, with the airlines mascot Toby the first passenger to step off the plane.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the establishment of the service brought two key destinations together and meant Gold Coast Airport now had a direct connection to every southern capital city in Australia.

This is great news for the Gold Coast and Hobart which will now enjoy a direct link catering to leisure travellers right in time for our peak travel period, she said.

Last month Tigerair celebrated 10 years since they flew their first Australian service from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, so it is great to see their success and commitment to our city continues to grow.

Tigerairs Hobart-Gold Coast service will see the creation of 1,400 seats between the two destinations each week.

Tigerair Head of Communications Vanessa Regan said the new services between Hobart and Gold Coast provided the most affordable and convenient connectivity between the two destinations.

These services will provide a welcome boost for tourism in both cities and have arrived just in time for the busy summer holiday period and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April 2018, she said.

The Gold Coast remains one of Tigerairs most popular year-round destinations, with the airline now regularly flying a total of 18,000 seats through Gold Coast Airport each week via Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart.

Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter said the addition of the route signalled confidence in the Gold Coast as a must-visit destination.



Food Truck Tuesdays at The Brewery Byron Bay Blog

Local foodies are getting set to drop in to town and cook for us every Tuesday all summer long! The Brewery will be hosting a new weekly event called Food Truck Tuesdays with different vendors changing every week and offering a savoury favourite as well as a deca-dent dessert.

Grab a bite to eat and join the Hit That Hit crew for Musical Bingo in the beer garden from 7:30pm. The Musical Bingo team are happy to be back in the Bay dropping beats not balls with everyones favourite musical game from 7:30pm.

Forget about cooking on Tuesdays this summer and head to the Brewery for Food Truck Tuesdays from 5pm. For further info, visit

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Vinny Grantham-Smith The Channon Craft Market

Vinny Grantham-Smith is a local singer songwriter. A Cawongala resident Vinny is sure to bring some cool Sunday vibes to the performing area around the Stone Toilets.


Sofiella Watt & Huckleberry Jim The Channon Craft Market

If we were a swanky wine label, we would read something like: a motley mix of winsome folk, bruised with blues and infused with banjo. A full bodied country blend, with heady jazz notes, and spicy gypsy undertones.


Men jailed over Lynette Daley rape, death "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lynette Daley, who died on a beach near Iluka after a violent sex scene with two men the DPP refused to prosecute. Photo supplied

A man who was found guilty of the sexual assault and death of Lynette Daley on a remote NSW beach has been jailed for at least 14 years and three months while his friend, who joined in on the sex act, will spend at least six years and nine months behind bars.

Ms Daley, 33, died from injuries sustained in the violent sex act with her boyfriend Adrian Attwater, 43, and his friend, Paul Maris, 47, on a drunken 2011 Australia Day camping trip to Ten Mile Beach near Iluka.

A jury in September found Attwater guilty of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault and Maris guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the discovery of evidence.

At the NSW Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour on Friday, Justice Elizabeth Fullerton sentenced Attwater to 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 years and three months.

Maris was sentenced to nine years jail with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.

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Third Bluesfest line up announcement features Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge etc Local News Echonetdaily

Kesha is to perform at the 2018 Bluesfest. Photo Billboard.

One of 2017s most talked about artists, Kesha, has been added to the 2018 Bluesfest bill, to be held in Easter at the Tyagarah site.

She joins many other artists for the third line up announcement.

Organisers say, With the release of her album Rainbow, she has evolved from pop star to critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated artist. Rainbow boasts an incredible range of collaborators including Ben Folds, Eagles of Death Metal and Dolly Parton. Billboard describes lead single Praying as a ballad that tears at your soul while Consequence of Sound says, no other song in recent memory so perfectly embodies the way in which hope itself is a kind of triumph. Rainbow has also been named at number four on Rolling Stones best albums of 2017.

Other acts for the third line up announcement include Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy, Alberts| sgeir, Newton Faulkner, Afro Celt Sound System, Harry Manx, Harts, Holy Holy, William Crighton and Elephant Sessions.

Colombian superstar Juanes brings the Latin American groove to Bluesfest, while Brazilian musician Seu Jorge will perform a special tribute to David Bowie at Bluesfest 2018, while also recreating his role in Wes Andersons film A Life Aquatic.

Its with great pride that Bluesfest announces Ziggy Alberts for their 2018 festival. Singing heartfelt stories of his personal endeavours and experiences, ocean-side upbringing, environmental issues and life on the road, he has sold out venues across the country on his 2017 tour.

Other acts confirmed include Lionel Richie, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, Seal, Ja...


Lennox Head Moreton Bay Fig tree removal sparks protest Local News Echonetdaily

Morton Bay Fig tree on Castle Drive, Lennox Head. Photo Jenny Grinlington

A large and well established Moreton Bay Fig tree on Castle Drive, Lennox Head, is earmarked for removal by Ballina Shire Council, sparking the ire of an independent councillor and a resident.

Councillor Jeff Johnson told Echonetdaily that it could be up to 200 years old and was shocked to learn that fellow councillors had voted for its removal. Cr Johnson says he was unwell and could not vote at the last meeting when it was before Council.

This issue has been before Council around four times and was often discussed in a confidential session. I have always voted against its removal. 

This tree was there first and is a significant feature of the area. Council should be doing all it can to reduce the damage to canopy.

Cr Johnson says Councils cheif engineer John Truman advised him the removal is planned for Monday or Tuesday.

He said, The property owner is somewhat responsible for this there is a building under the canopy of the tree. Council could have done more to save this tree.

Cr Johnson says the tree is located on Council managed land and has been used by the community for events over the years.

I think this decision was driven by Councils insurers, who may have said to councillors: we are not going to cover Council. It probably spooked councillors.

Neighbour Jenny Grinlington told Echonetdaily, Ballina Council has approved this without any community consultation and only yesterday advised neighbours to be patient while works were happening this coming Monday to remove it.

I suspect it has gone quietly under the radar because there could be a backlash from the community. Councils arborists have been keeping the canopy maintained over the years.

Ms Grinlington says, I am emotional about this but also angry. How long will it be before every shred of our local Big Scrub heritage has been eliminated? This is a sorry Christmas gift for our community.

Im happy to be involved in a campaign to save it.



Justice Crew to headline carols in Lismore Local News Echonetdaily

Gearing up for the 2017 Shopbaby Carols in the Heart are Santa and Aliyah Brown, 5, with (rear l-r) Lismore Council Events Officer Virginia Waters, Hayley Brown from Horns Gas Service and Jaime Bates, Josh Bates and Bev Latimer from Shopbaby. (supplied)

Lismore residents are being urged to pack the picnic rug and bring the whole family to celebrate the festive season at the 2017 Shopbaby Carols in the Heart this Sunday.

Popular Australian music group Justice Crew will be the headline act and there will be carol singing,
free face painting, a jumping castle and visit from Santa, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Councils Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said he was actually a little surprised when
Justice Crew accepted the invitation to headline the carols evening, and he is expecting a big crowd
as a result.

The Justice Crew will be performing in Lismore on Sunday. (supplied)

The Justice Crew first appeared on Australias Got Talent in 2010 and have since had numerous hit
singles and toured widely across the country.

They were going to play Carols at the Domain in Sydney, but we got them instead! Mitch laughed.

Its awesome for Lismore and particularly for children who are fans of their music it will really add
to the excitement of the night.

Carols in the Heart will be held at Crozier Field in Lismore due to the redevelopment of Oakes Oval. It
is a free community celebration and people of all ages are welcome.

Gates open at 4.30pm...


Tweed councils newsletter set for new life as insert Local News Echonetdaily

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Councils weekly newsletter, which has been published and distributed to more than 40,000 households for 20 years, will become an insert in free local newspapers from next month after managers deemed it had become uneconomical.

Ironically, the Tweed Link had its start in the late 1990s to counter the conservative spin the major daily and weekly newspapers at the time gave to issues while a majority progressive faction was in power, but now will be in their fold.

The Tweed Daily News (then owned by APN Media) and the daily Gold Coast Bulletin (owned by News Corp (the Murdoch press) were relentless in their sensational and biased coverage of council news at the time, bagging out the Greens/Labor/independents, and therefore much criticised by progressive politicians and community watchdog groups.

The pro-conservative coverage also spawned some independent community newsletters at the time, which later folded.

Now, the Tweed Link will become part of the Murdoch press distribution network via the Wednesday community (free) edition of the Tweed Daily News, which it bought from APN Media recently.

It will also be inserted in the independently-owned Tweed Valley Weekly (on Thursdays), and both tiles council managers say have a combined print run of around 45,000.

In a press release this week, a council spokesperson said the print run would be complemented by strong online and social media readership and council email subscription services.

The changes will take effect from the week beginning 15 January 2018.

The council press release says Times have changed and independently printing and distributing the Tweed Link for 42,500 households each week, in a growing population, has become unsustainable.

These changes will provide significant savings and allow residents to choose their preference to
receive or access the Tweed Link and stay informed about council news

In the 1990s, progressives who pushed for the Link, including current Cr Ron Cooper, saw the newsletter as a way of conveying accurate news which could be trusted by the community.

Conservative National Party councillors opposed the move but were just outnumbered.

However, after some years the Tweed Link also strayed into politics during some controversial issues, according to some observers.

A lead article on a Tweed Coast development, when Dr John Griffin was council general manager, headlined Is this offer too good to refuse? outlined a private developers pitch of buying council land to expand a hotel/resort at...


Doctor facing more than 60 sexual and indecent assault charges going on holidays Local News Echonetdaily

Dr Glenn Taylor is facing further charges. (file pic)

A former Lismore gynaecologist facing more than 60 charges of sexual and indecent assault of female patients has been excused from his next court appearance as he will be on holidays.

Dr Glenn Taylor was excused from appearing at Lismore Local Court this week when nine charges against him were mentioned.

The 62 year-old is expected to face a trial at Sydneys Downing Centre District Court next year on more than 60 charges, with the remaining nine charges progressing through the local court to meet with those matters.

The nine charges include five counts of sexual assault of a victim under authority and four counts of indecent assault, allegedly involved six patients.

Allegations against Dr Taylor include that he fondled two womens breasts, rubbed his erect penis against one patients arm and sexually assaulted four other patients, between November 1992 and January 2015.

The former Richmond Hill resident, who moved to the Gold Coast after he was charged, is yet to enter a plea to any charges.

The brief of evidence against Dr Taylor should have been served by November 30, solicitor Steve Spinks, who was acting as an agent for TressCox lawyers, told the court, but the DPP requested an extension.

Prosecutor Andrew Horowitz said there was medical evidence outstanding from the brief which was quite crucial to the crown case.

He asked for Dr Taylors matters to be adjourned until February 6.

Mr Spinks said Dr Taylor was planning a holiday in January and may not be available before February 6.

Magistrate Jeff Linden excused Dr Taylor from appearing in court if he is legally represented.

He adjourned Dr Taylors matters until February 6 at Lismore Local Court.

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Greens slam preposterous Lismore ski jump proposal Local News Echonetdaily

Artists impression of the ski jump that was rejected by the Ballina Shire Council.

The Lismore City Council will next week consider a proposal to build an Olympic aerial training ski jump amid claims from the Lismore Greens that the idea is preposterous.

The matter is listed in a report titled Regional Growth Fund Applications in the meeting agenda for next weeks meeting.

Staff have recommended that the Council negotiate with the Office of Sport NSW to facilitate the construction of the Winter Olympic Institute of Australia, athletes training jump on a site over which Lismore City Council has authority and control and that said negotiations be reported back to Council prior to any definite commitment being entered into over the athletes training jump or any specific site being determined for it.

When the ski jump proposal went before the Ballina Shire Council (which rejected it), the constructions costs were listed as $10,500,000.

Lismore Greens spokesman John Corkill called on the council to reject the proposal.

From the limited information publicly available to Lismore residents, it seems the proposal involves the construction of a 38 m high tower, a long astro-turf ski jump ramp, and a landing pool, as a training facility for elite winter sport athletes, who normally compete in alpine conditions.

This proposal has no connection to Lismore and was recently rejected by Ballina Shire Council after community outrage by Ballina shire residents.

There is no local demand by local residents for this monster, and no business case has been put forward to explain where demand would come from.

It is highly likely that without proper due diligence into all the costs associated with it, that Lismore City Council will be saddled with the costs of maintaining or removing this dud facility.

Council plans to consider the Ski Jump at its next meeting, but has not released relevant information to the public, or held community consultations.

It looks like Council is trying to prevent the Lismore community from becoming informed, and mounting a similar campaign of community opposition.

We object to the mayor trying to sneak such an unworthy, controversial proposal through Councils final meeting for the year, as part of a larger agenda item, without proper public consultation, he said.

No government grants should be spent on this elitist proposal when there are...


Stop Adani Lismore group to present poll to Kevin Hogan Local News Echonetdaily

The Stop Adani Lismore group will meet outside Kevin Hogans office on Monday. AAP Image/Paul Miller

The Stop Adani Lismore group will deliver the results of community poll to Page MP Kevin Hogan on Monday, calling on him to take a public stand against the proposed mine.

Group spokesman Tom Driftwood said the group had polled about 400 people online and at the Lismore Car Boot Market, asking for their views on Adani.

Our local group Stop Adani Lismore has surveyed hundreds of people in our community, and weve found that voters in this electorate are overwhelmingly opposed to the federal government granting a $1billion loan to Adani, he said.

In fact, there is very strong opposition to the Adani coal project outright.

Our community wants to make the switch away from polluting coal and towards renewable energy like wind and solar.

Stop Adani Lismore will meet at 10am outside Mr Hogans office to stage a vibrant community action before handing over the results of their survey

There are now over 180 local #StopAdani action groups across the country. In addition, the many organisations involved bring together more than 1.5 million Australians to the campaign.

The Turnbull Government is putting its reputation on the line with the proposal to loan $1 billion of public funds to Adani. Were telling our MP in no uncertain terms he needs to speak out against Adanis proposed giant coal mine and push to review and revoke the federal environmental approvals that have been granted to the mine in light of back to back bleaching events of the Great Barrier Reef and continuing allegations of corruption and tax dodging by Adani.

The groups message on Monday will be Kevin Hogan All we want for Christmas is to #StopAdani.



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Tweed launches stop Adani campaign Local News Echonetdaily

Actor and environmental activist Tnny Barry will be a keynote speaker at the Stop Adani Tweed campaign launch.

Concerned Tweed locals opposed to the controversial Adani coal mine will launch a campaign to stop the fossil-fuel project next week with a documentary screening, high-profile speakers and live music.

The Stop Adani Tweed campaign launch on Wednesday 13 December, from 7-9pm at the Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah, features the documentary Guarding the Galilee.

Speakers on a Q and A panel include renowned TV actor, environmental and indigenous-rights activist Tony Barry, popular comedian and Echonetdaily columnist Mandy Nolan, and singer-songwriter Sophia Fletcher.

The event will focus on how the Adani mine in the Galilee Basin, central Queensland, will affect all Australians, the Great Barrier Reef and the survival of the planet.

Discussion will also question why existing coal mines, which are driving climate change, are not being phased out when clean, renewable energy is readily available.

Guardians of the Galilee, according to its producers, is filled with stories from the front lines of the proposed Adani coal mine, and captures the raw beauty of the Queensland outback where Adanis mine threatens essential water resources, and so much more.

Presented by Queensland born actor Michael Caton, Guarding the Galilee is a 30-minute documentary on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adanis Carmichael project.

Just downstream from the proposed mine, a grazier fears for the impact on the river that quenches the thirst of his cattle, and flows to the Coral Sea, the documentary makers say.

On the coast, a boat owner operating out of the Airlie Beach tourist hotspot worries about hundreds of extra ships steaming through the Great Barrier Reef each year.

Meet these and many others engaged in the fight and find out what mining billionaire Guatam Adani has planned for Australia.

Tickets at $15 adults, $10 concession and children free, with all proceeds going toward the campaign.

They can be bought at the door or online at



Its the announcement no one saw coming. Bluesfest continues to galvanize its reputation as being Australias most surprising and innovative music festival with the addition of one of 2017s most talked about artists Kesha. With the release of her album Rainbow, she has evolved from pop star to critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated artist. Rainbow boasts an incredible range of collaborators including Ben Folds, Eagles of Death Metal and Dolly Parton. Billboard describes lead single Praying as a ballad that tears at your soul while Consequence of Sound says, no other song in recent memory so perfectly embodies the way in which hope itself is a kind of triumph. Rainbow has also been named at number four on Rolling Stones best albums of 2017 (the number one spot was taken out by 2016 Bluesfest alumni Kendrick Lamar). Bluesfest is proud to have Kesha play the festival at such a momentous time in her career.

The third line up announcement for Byron Bay Bluesfest features a litany of strong female artists, including the legendary Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge. Known for her country roots and the catchy hooks of smash hits like All I Wanna Do, Strong Enough, If It Makes You Happy and Everyday Is A Winding Road, Sheryl Crow has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and won 9 Grammys. Her set is sure to put smiles on a lot of faces next Easter long weekend.

Bluesfest is also excited to welcome Melissa Etheridge back to the festival in 2018. An Academy Award and two time Grammy winning a...


Kyogle man to face court over video calling for police killings Local News Echonetdaily

Kyogle man Keith Knights. (Facebook)

A Kyogle man who posted a video online calling for police to be killed will face Lismore Court today after his arrest and extradition from Queensland yesterday.

Keith Knights was investigated by the NSW Police Fixated Persons Investigation Unit after he allegedly called for the murder of police officers in an online video.

It is alleged a series of abusive posts had been lodged by 37 year-old Mr Knights about various police organisations and the judiciary over a considerable period, before he posted the video calling for police killings last week.

The 40 minute video was found by police posted on his personal Facebook page and on the Facebook group  Freeman Delusion The Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument in Australia.

In the video, Mr Knights allegedly outlined plans to kill police officers and encouraged others to do the same.

It is time to rise up and shut down these drug-dealing cops, Mr Knights allegedly says in the video.

So when they come for their cut, for their bunch of chemicals, you have every right as free citizens to ambush them and to kill them.

And yes, you did hear me right, that is what I said. Dont do it in a way that endangers you or your family.

There are several locations around the shire, around the Northern Rivers that would make excellent locations for an ambush.

Officers from the Fixated Persons Investigations Unit  applied for warrants for Mr Knights arrest.

Mr Knights was arrested by Queensland police in Brisbanes CBD yesterday about 1.30 pm and charged with the arrest warrants.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon where NSW police successfully applied for his extradition.

The magistrate granted his extradition and Mr Knights was remanded into the custody of NSW police.

Mr Knights was taken straight to Lismore police station where he was charged with solicit to murder and sending a threatening document to kill.

Following his arrest police conducted a search of his kyogle property yesterday afternoon and officers seized a number of items for forensic examination.

The Fixated Persons Investigation Unit was established in April this year and focuses on the detecti...


The Holly and the Ivy In That Howling Infinite

Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown

A  Christmas gift from In That Howling Infinite.

Probably one of the loveliest traditional English carols, sung by melodious English song-bird Kate Rusby.

Written by Thom Hickey in his excellent blog The Immortal Jukebox a treasure trove of well-written words and excellent music.The post is below the lyrics. Wander through it and enjoy.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly and the ivy
Now both are full well grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir



Tweed Heads library reopens today after major facelift Local News Echonetdaily

Tweed Heads Library, which has undergone a major facelift and doubled in size, officially re-opens to the public this morning (Friday).

The expanded and modernised building was due to reopen its doors on Wednesday, but briefly put on hold to enable last-minute safety work.

Councils director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, thanked library users for their patience and cooperation during the upgrade project.

Ms Stinson said and these final few steps to Library users will see a much larger and more versatile building. Floorspace has been increased from 619 square metres to 1054 square metres, and the layout allows much greater flexibility in use to meet the needs of individuals and groups.

Improvements also include enhanced accessibility, a larger computer area with more PCs, new loan stations that give users a fast and easy self-service option to borrow resources, and a more user-friendly service desk.

All library resources will be available to the public from Friday. However, there will continue to be a couple of areas of the new building that will not be accessible to the public initially, until some finishing touches are added.

An official opening celebration, including a day of community activities, is scheduled for Monday 22 January.

For more information, visit or call Richmond Tweed Regional Library on (02) 6670 2427.


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$90m Lismore Square expansion back on the agenda Local News Echonetdaily

The proposed expansion area for the Lismore Square Shopping Centre proposal.

A Lismore City councillor has lodged a notice of motion calling on the council to reconsider its opposition to a proposed $90 million expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre.

Cr Neil Marks wants the council to hold a workshop early next year to progress the expansion of the Square.

The proposed workshop would consider the minimum footprint requirements for the expansion, the full impact the expansion would have on neighbouring Humbly Oval, and opportunities to mitigate the impact on the Lismore CBD.

The notice of motion follows a decision by a majority of councillors in September to reject the proposed expansion.

That decision followed prompted a storm of criticism from sections of the community supporting an expansion, including Page MP Kevin Hogan and Lismore MP Thomas George.

But those against the expansion, on the grounds that it would require the sale of public land (Humbly Oval), and would have a negative impact on traders in the CBD were left celebrating the decision.

At the September meeting,

Crs Gianpiero Battista, Neil Marks, Darlene Cook, Bill Moorhouse and Isaac Smith voted to further investigate the expansion proposal, while Crs Nancy Casson, Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd, Greg Bennett and Elly Bird voted against.

Cr Marks believes however that all councillors  now have a greater understanding of what the proposed $90 million expansion would deliver.

After the September meeting many of us were inundated with calls from the community to revisit this decision due to the importance of the potential investment into our community and the future employment opportunities at an expanded Square into the future, he wrote in support of his notice of motion.
Many of these came from the business community whom some thought would be adversely affected by an expansion.
There were many arguments on the night that were taken out of context especially the effect of an expanded Square on the CBD after the March flood, with the reality that we are only being asked to further the enquiry, to look at what it might entail as far as design, roads etc.
There were also inaccuracies about construction companies and the like.
With the greater understanding we have now of...


Is the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government moving against Clarence River communities? North Coast Voices

According to the state-owned corporation Port Authority of New South Wales, during the 2017-18 cruise season which commenced in October, international cruise ships will be visiting Sydney, Newcastle, Port Kembla and Eden.

On its website the Authority proudly announced an expectation of a bumper season as other parts of the world buckle under the weight of the cruise ship industrys agenda and start to say no more.

When cautionary tales like this are appearing.., 20 November 2017:



It should come as no surprise that the Adani Group is offering traditional owners compensation which is well below industry standard North Coast Voices

We, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, are the Traditional Owners of the land in Queenslands Galilee Basin. Corporate conglomerate, Adani, wants to use our ancestral lands for their Carmichael coal mine.
We do hereby firmly REJECT a Land Use Agreement with Adani for the Carmichael mine on our traditional lands.
We DO NOT consent to the Carmichael mine on our ancestral lands.
We DO NOT accept Adanis offers to sign away our land and our rights and interests in it. We will not take their shut up money.
We will PROTECT and DEFEND our Country and our connection to it." [

ABC News, 1 December 2017:

A hotly contested deal between Adani and traditional owners of its proposed Carmichael mine site in Queensland's Galilee Basin would deliver compensation "well below" what most big miners pay, according to a new analysis.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people would only get 0.2 per cent of Adani's earnings from the mine, less than half the industry average, respected mining industry outfit Economics Consulting Services has found....

Thursday, 07 December


Marriage Equality finally arrives in Australia North Coast Voices


Lismore considers 20 extra greyhound racing meetings per year Local News Echonetdaily

Photo AngMoKio, Wikimedia Commons

The Lismore City Council will next week consider an application for an extra twenty greyhound racing meetings to be held each year.

The Lismore Greyhound track currently conducts race meetings on Tuesday evenings, 52 weeks per year.

It has trailed an extra 10 meetings a year, with the approval of the council, but now wants to increase that number on a permanent basis.

The additional meetings proposed would be held on Saturdays, with the first race scheduled for midday, with the final race completed no later than 5pm.

In a report to council, staff have recommended approving the increase, despite concerns from neighbours.

The assessment process has concluded the operations on the site have resulted in ongoing noise complaints from adjacent premises, and submissions from other neighbours to the effect that the noise from the operations of the Greyhound Track is intrusive and offensive at times, the staff report says.

The amended Noise Management Plan provided by the applicant has to a large extent addressed these concerns and the application is recommended for approval subject to conditions that would provide a framework for the ongoing management of this facility.

The application is going before the council next Thursday after being called up by councillors Darlene Cook, Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise.









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The lights are up and ready to enjoy  but dont miss out Local News Echonetdaily

Terry and Gerry Bertoli are putting up their Christmas lights for the last time. Photo supplied.

It is a little bit of Christmas magic that has been lighting up lives in Byron for the last 24 years. Terry and Gerry Bertoli started putting up Chrismas lights in their yard for the pleasure it gives to young and old, local and visitor alike who enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer, but they have decided that this is their last year.

We stated putting up a few light 24 yrs ago and then just got bigger and bigger, said Gerry.

Without much around in Byron Bay town to celebrate the spirit of Christmas they decided that a little bit of Christmas cheer would go a long way and have taken great pleasure and pride in putting up the lights each year and welcoming people to their home.

There are so many wonderful experiences we have had, continued Gerry.

But to see childrens faces light up and get excited to see the lights and our fairy land area they come and thank us and make us cards decorations to hang on our trees. Seeing the elderly remembering their days with there families and to welcome so many overseas visitors who are  here with no family to celebrate with there have been so many wonderful experiences and we have also loved doing it for our own family.


Over the years people keep asking if they could give a donation to the couple for making such a special effort and making Christmas special for their children so in 2009 Gerry and Terry decided to put out a donation box to collect funds for local charities.

Over the last eight years they estimate that they have collected around $14,000 for the Byron Bay Hospital Auxillary and Suffolk Park Rural fire brigade.



Man charged over Goonellabah siege refused bail Local News Echonetdaily

The man allegedly at the centre of a dramatic two hour siege at Goonellabah last Friday who was arrested after a standoff with police had threatened to kill himself and others.

Ian George Jones appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday after spending the weekend in the mental health unit at Lismore Base Hospital.

The 46 year-old is charged with five counts of stalking and intimidation, firing a gun likely to injure persons or property, possessing an unregistered gun and ammunition, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and assault.

Police were called to a home on Heather Avenue, Goonellabah, about 1.20 pm after reports of a man making threats at the premises.

A perimeter was established and specialist police negotiators were brought in to liaise with Mr Jones, who was armed with a .22 calibre Browning rifle with a scope, during a tense two hour standoff.

Earlier in the day, police said Mr Jones had fired the rifle and threatened to kill a 43 year-old man and a woman, 36, who were at the residence.

During the standoff, one of the people tried to negotiate with Mr Jones while the other person hid on the property.

The home was surrounded by heavily armed tactical police and Mr Jones surrendered about 3.30 pm.

After spending the weekend in hospital, Mr Jones was considered to no longer be mentally unwell and he was released into police custody.

Solicitor Tom Trembath said a mental health assessment would be conducted on Mr Jones this week.

Mr Trembath said Mr Jones had recently moved to Lismore from Mackay to be in a relationship with the 36 year-old woman.

He applied for bail on behalf of Mr Jones but admitted he faced very serious charges.

The court heard Mr Jones could reside at Mackay with his brother and report to Mackay police station and comply with any bail conditions set.

Mr Trembath said Mr Jones disputed many aspects of the charges.

Magistrate Jeff Linden refused Mr Jones bail, citing an unacceptable risk of him endangering the community and committing another offence.

He adjourned Mr Jones matters until today, December 7 at Lismore Local Court.

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Animal cruelty charges dropped over attack on Nimbins Polly the pig Local News Echonetdaily

Polly the Pig. (supplied)

Animal cruelty charges against two men accused of killing 10 chickens and torturing a pig at Nimbins Djanbung Gardens last December have been dropped.

Reece Parke and Bradley Presbury appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday after Magistrate Annette Sinclair adjourned their hearing part-heard on August 30.

It was alleged the men killed 10 heritage chickens and tortured Polly the pig at Nimbins Djanbung Gardens on December 13, 2016.

Mr Presburys solicitor Tracey Randall told the court the prosecution had failed to provide her with some evidence in the case and a recording of a key witness was not disclosed to the defence.

Ms Randall objected to the use of a police interview in court in which Mr Presbury allegedly implicated Mr Parke in the crime.

Magistrate Sinclair rejected the use of the interview, saying a defendant was not compelled to give evidence against a co-accused.

She also rejected prosecution attempts to tender a recording of a phone call between Presbury and a female friend, where he allegedly said Reece Parke was involved in an animal killing.

During the hearing Magistrate Sinclair expressed her frustration at the progress of the matters, which she thought would be ready to progress after a four month adjournment.

After multiple issues with the admissibility of evidence during the hearing, the prosecution formally withdrew their case yesterday afternoon due to insufficient evidence.

Relieved supporters at the court said both mens families had been abused for 12 months since the allegations were published in the media.

Police are no closer to finding out who slashed Pollys snout and injured her internally, or who decapitated the 10 heritage chickens with a stolen sickle.

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All systems go for Tweed Library reopening on Friday Local News Echonetdaily

Inside the Tweed Heads Library as work on the refurbishment continues steadily. (supplied)

Having announced two days ago that the Tweed Heads Library will not reopen until after Christmas they have now got back on schedule and will reopen to the public on Friday.

The expanded and modernised building was due to reopen its doors today but that was briefly put on hold to enable the construction contractor to complete necessary work to comply with all emergency and safety requirements.

Council needs to ensure all fire and emergency systems are checked and signed off before we can allow the public into the building, Councils Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

Were excited to say that process is now well underway and its all systems go to open at 9am on Friday.

Thank you to the library users who have been so patient and cooperative during the upgrade project and these final few steps to get the building ready.

Library users will see a much larger and more versatile building. Floorspace has been increased from 619 square metres to 1054 square metres, and the layout allows much greater flexibility in use to meet the needs of individuals and groups.

Improvements also include enhanced accessibility, a larger computer area with more PCs, new loan stations that give users a fast and easy self-service option to borrow resources, and a more user-friendly service desk.

All library resources will be available to the public from Friday. However, there will continue to be a couple of areas of the new building that will not be accessible to the public initially, until some finishing touches are added.

An official opening celebration, including a day of community activities, is scheduled for Monday 22 January.

For more information, click here or call Richmond Tweed Regional Library on (02) 6670 2427.

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Shark apps and deterrents set to roll out this summer Local News Echonetdaily

A Bronze Whaler Shark. Photo Planet Deadly

Paul Bibby

A high-pitched siren rings out across the beach, sending a flock of seagulls into the air in a flurry of wings and indignant squawking.

The shrill alarm is coming from a bright red-and-yellow drone hovering over the water out past the breakers.

Using carefully designed shark-recognition software, the fully automated drone has detected a juvenile great white cruising past about a cricket pitch-and-a-half away from a group of surfers.

The boardriders look at each other wearily.

Third time this afternoon, one says to another as the group begin to paddle back towards to shore.

Further in, dozens of swimmers follow suit trudging back to their towels where their smartphones ping with further warnings that include the size and species of the shark and its prior history.

Unconcerned with the commotion, the young shark continues on its way scanning lazily for bait fish in the warm, clear water

It might sound a bit like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this scenario is coming soon to a beach near you.

Fear over shark attacks on the North Coast has driven a wave of new detection and deterrence strategies that are set to make our most popular beaches some of the most scrutinised and surveyed in the world this summer.

Shark deterrent measures

On any given day in the upcoming holiday season, beachgoers are likely to see helicopters and drones searching for shark-like shapes beneath the waves.

Sightings will be immediately relayed, not only to those in the water, but to tens of thousands of smartphone users across the country via apps and social media.

Under the surface, 35 separate SMART drum lines will be deployed up and down the coast, temporarily ensnaring sharks so that they can be fitted w...


Lismore residents asked to vote on CBD rainbow project Local News Echonetdaily

Lismore City Council is calling on residents to vote for their preferred location for a rainbow crossing in the Lismore CBD.

Council resolved on 8 November 2016 to investigate the feasibility of creating a rainbow pedestrian crossing or rainbow structure/image in the Lismore CBD as a tourist attraction and tribute to cultural diversity and the Rainbow Region.

Following investigation into possible locations and costs, Council now has three options and would like to get community feedback on the best way forward.

We want to know what our community would prefer to see in our CBD, Councils Assets Manager Scott Turner said.

Results of the community consultation will be presented to Council to help them make a decision about an ultimate location.

The three options are:

  • Magellan Street shared pedestrian zone. Cost: approximately $7500 annually.
  • Lismore Regional Gallery entrance path. Cost: approximately $18,500 annually.
  • Carrington Street shared pedestrian zone. Cost: approximately $7500 annually.

Council has a new online community consultation hub called Your Say Lismore where residents can see an artists mock-up of each option and cast their vote.

Residents have until 15 January to rank options in order of preference.

To provide feedback, visit here.

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Lismore to host event for sexual abuse survivors Local News Echonetdaily

The Star Court Theatre in Lismore will next week be the venue for Life After Sexual Abuse, an event for health professionals, sex abuse survivors and their family members.

Organisers CASPA (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and Accommodation) say it is an opportunity to better understand the trauma inflicted by sexual violence and discuss strategies for support and healing.

According to keynote speaker and sexual abuse survivor John Saunders having a frank and open discussion about child sexual abuse can create a safe space for people to ask questions and seek help.

The Q&A session offers the opportunity for the audience and panel to discuss how we as individuals and as a community can contribute to stopping sexual abuse in its tracks, John said.

He will explain the various impacts that the abuse he experienced had on him as a child, teenager, adult, parent and partner. He will also talk about strategies he used to overcome his suffering to become an advocate and a counsellor for people who are still struggling with the past.

The Q&A will be moderated by Naarah Morgan, CASPA GM and the events producer.

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are amongst us, they are our family, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbours, Naarah said.

Child protection is everyones business and together we can make a difference in supporting those who have endured and survived this trauma.

She also advocated implementing safe and child-focused environments throughout our community in the hope of preventing it.

The Q and A will be a powerful opportunity to hear from a cross-section of experts, to raise questions and ideas about childhood sexual abuse, its impact, its prevalence and the journey for survivors.

If there has ever been an important conversation we as a society need to be having, this is it, said Naarah.

The panel of seven specialists involved in the Q&A are:
Brad Hodges, Clinical Neuropsychotherapist, Complex Care
James Fraser, Clinician, CASPA
Kate Loubet, CEO, Heartfelt House
 Lyn Patman, Therapeutic Services Manager, Bravehearts
 Magistrate David Heilpern, Lismore Court
Professor Judy Atkinson, Trauma Specialist, Jiman and Bundjalung
Sharon Brodie, Clinical Lead and Sexual Assault Counsellor, NSW Health.

Life After Sexual Abuse, Tuesday December 12, 5:30 pm 8:30 pm AEDT, Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth Street, Lismore, NSW 2480
Tickets $15, concession $10, foster carers free.
Book online at:

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