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Monday, 09 July

14:23

Locals urged to take advantage of gun amnesty Local News Echonetdaily

If you have any old guns lying around that you dont use and/or arent registered, nows the time to hand them in without penalty. Photo supplied

Tweed MP Geoff Provest has urged anyone in the local community with an unregistered or unwanted firearm to take advantage of the NSW Firearm Amnesty, which began on July 1 and closes September 30.

Last years National Firearm Amnesty was extremely successful, he said, with the NSW Police Force netting nearly 25,000 firearms from 7,277 individuals during the three-month campaign.

Tweed residents have another chance to do the right thing and either surrender unwanted or prohibited weapons or become a responsible firearm owner and register their gun or rifle, Mr Provest said.

Whether the firearm was inherited or found, the three-month amnesty period will allow them to come forward and legally dispose or register it without penalty.

Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.

Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into public places including police stations, he said.

Anyone with concerns about handling firearms or safely transporting them, can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 for assistance.

For more information visit www.police.nsw.gov.au.

 

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11:43

Tea tree lakes nude bathing case thrown out of court Local News Echonetdaily

Maxine Hawker at the tea tree lake where she was charged on January 20 with offensive behaviour for bathing naked. Photo Jeff Dawson

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Non-mainstream lifestyle choices arent axiomatically offensive, Magistrate Dunlevy told Byron Bay local court on Friday, ruling that Sunrise resident Maxine Hawker had no case to answer for bathing naked at the tea tree lakes at Grays Lane in January.

The magistrate said that the police had failed to prove Ms Hawkers actions were calculated to wound feelings, or arouse anger, disgust, resentment or outrage.

Ms Hawker, who represented herself at the hearing, told the court she had no idea she was breaking the law and had not seen a sign near the entrance to the lake, which had been recently installed, warning of penalties.

But within minutes of arriving and entering the water, she was issued a $500 fine for bathing naked, which she chose to fight, telling the court, Im not a criminal, Im a law-abiding person.

Therapeutic dip

Ms Hawker went with a male friend to the lake on a whim in the early afternoon of January 20 and decided to take a dip. Having recently had a shoulder operation, she told the court she thought it would be therapeutic.

She stripped off and her male friend, who was wearing board shorts, helped her into the water.

She said there were a few other people about, none of whom appeared the slightest bit perturbed that she was naked.

Senior Constable Michael Chaffey and Constable Timothy Hayes, of Brunswick Heads Police Station, told the court they witnessed Ms Hawker very slowly and gingerly entering the water from about 40 metres away.

Reports of sexual assaults

Cross-examining Snr Const Chaffey, Ms Hawker asked him why he was patrolling the lake that day.

We had received reports of sexual assaults, he said, adding police were targeting naked people as well as more lewd activity, as they had been asked to conduct high visibility patrols.

Do you think a 56-year-old woman naked next to a man clad in shorts is going to be engaging in lewd activity?, Ms Hawker asked.

Thats not what we were there for, he replied.

Cross examining Timothy Hayes she as...

10:45

Mullumbimby museum enjoys some winter warmth Local News Echonetdaily

Volunteers for the Mullumbimby museum were joined by Greens MP Tamara Smith to launch their new climate control system. Photo Aslan Shand.

The Mullumbimby Museum has entered the 21 century with a ducted climate control system recently installed and launched by Greens MP Tamara Smith last Thursday. As much as they love their museum pieces they were happy to take their beloved, traditional kerosene heater and consign it to history and a featured position within the museum.

Not only is the heating and cooling important to keep volunteers and visitors at just the right temperature but the climate control is also important for the preservation of many items within the museum, said Stephen Hall president of the Brunswick Vally Historical Society (BVHS) that runs the museum.

The BVHS received a NSW government grant for $10,000 through Community Building Partnerships funding towards the installation that they topped up with $7,000 to facilitate the installation.

The museum is based in Mullumbimbys first Post Office that the historical society saved from demolition in the early 80s when the current Post Office was being proposed. They moved the building from the corner of Burringbar and Dalley Streets in 1984 to Summers Park on the corner of Myocum and Stuart Streets.

The historical society collect and preserve local documents, objects, records and photographs as well as support projects like Sharon Shostaks documentary film series Mullumbimby Magic that is currently in development.

The monthly Mullumbimby markets are held at the museum site and help support and maintain the museum, its collections and ongoing projects. 

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09:49

Nats set to lose Page: poll Local News Echonetdaily

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could lose his seat at the next election based on figures released by a Fairfax/Ipsos poll. Photo AAP Mick Tsikas

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could be looking for a new job next year if the results of a Fairfax/Ipsos poll, announced today, were replicated at the upcoming federal election.

The poll showed the Coalition on the nose across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria, with Labor leading on 53 per cent and 56 per cent respectively in two-party preferred terms.

The swings against the government in NSW, if replicated at an election, would see it lose the seat Page, along with Gilmore, Robertson and Banks.

At the 2016 election Mr Hogan retained the seat he won from Labors Janelle Saffin in 2013 on a 4.6 per cent margin despite a 2.15 per cent swing against him.

All in all, the Coalition would lose as many as 18 seats if the latest poll was reflected at a general election, including Peter Duttons Queensland seat of Dickson.

By-election woes

But more imminently concerning to the Coalition will be the pronouncement that it has a tough battle ahead in the upcoming federal by-elections.

The Liberal and National parties have been boosted by a recent Newspoll claiming they were closing the gap on Labor, particularly in the marginal seats of Longman (QLD) and Braddon (TAS).

Todays poll paints a very different picture, however.

Labors Susan Lamb won Longman with a 7.71 percentage swing against former LNP sitting member Wyatt Roy in a seat with a significant (9.4 per cent) One Nation vote.

But Ipsos pollsters say even if she directs all of her preferences to the LNP, which she has threatened to do, Labor would still be likely to hold the seat given a significant statewide swing to the party.

The Tasmanian seat of Braddon would be a much closer call, however, with pollsters predicting there is only one percentage point between the two parties.

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08:08

Police call for witnesses of Tweed Heads hit and run Local News Echonetdaily

Police are appealing for public assistance after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash in Tweed Heads South overnight.

About 8pm Sunday (July 8), emergency services were called to Minjungbal Drive, following reports a utility had struck a pedestrian and the driver failed to stop to render assistance.

On arrival, officers found a 59-year-old woman suffering head and leg injuries.

She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Crash Investigation Unit officers wish to speak with the driver of a white late model single-cab utility with a steel tray who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

Police also wish to speak with the driver of a dark grey Ford Festiva and the rider of a white sports motorcycle seen in the area at the time as they may be able to assist in the investigation.

Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash is urged to come forward.

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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

 

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07:57

Chopper rescues man injured in quad bike rollover Local News Echonetdaily

The site of a quad bike rollover near Tenterfield on Sunday (July 8). Photo WRHS

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out late Sunday (July 8) to an area north west of Tenterfield, near Back Creek, where a 70-year-old male was found trapped under a quad bike on a remote rural property.

The driver had been reported missing for approximately three hours before family members located him on the property.

The helicopter was able to land within 100 metres of the scene of the quad bike rollover and the critical medical team treated the man for multiple injuries before he was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

It was the first of three missions for the chopper last night.

The second involved a search in the Tucki Tucki area, south of Lismore, for a 60-year-old male who had been reported missing on a rural property.

The helicopter conducted a short search of the area; the man was meanwhile found by locals in the Tucki Tucki area.

The third mission required the transport of an 18-year-old male injured in a motor vehicle accident in Goonellabah.

The man was a back-seat passenger when the car collided with a power pole.

He was transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital and then later transferred by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

 

 

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02:51

What you see is what you get from the shallow depth that is Senator David Ean Leyonhjelm North Coast Voices



The politician who this week called Network Tens Angela Bishop a bigoted bitch on air and last week implied during the Sky News "Outsiders" program that Senator Sarah Hanson-Young had multiple partners, then added that "she has a right to shag as many men as she likes" and, now appears to have posted that film clip online.

It may be a little too hard for the Senate President to admit that this self-described political "alpha male" has gone completely off the rails or for the mainstream media to resist allowing him air time to defame, insult and incite at will, however the Australian Medical Association is made of sterner stuff.

Crikey.com.au, 4 July 2018:

Rowan Dean off medical journal board.

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00:15

How can you spot an uncharitable charity? North Coast Voices


On 3 July 2018 Liberal MP for Warringah and former sacked Australian prime minister Tony Abbott gave the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture  titled Time to pull out of Paris at an Australian Environment Foundation event at CQ Functions in Melbourne.

So who and what is the Australian Environment Foundation(AEF)?

AEF is registered as a charity and its current board comprises:

BOSTOCK, THOMAS Chairperson
HILL, JOANNA Director
MORAN, ALAN Director
OXLEY, ALAN Director

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