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Wednesday, 12 December


Are Prime Minister Morrison & Co determined to reduce Australia to a hot, barren desert from sea to sea? North Coast Voices

Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8C to 1.2C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. (high confidence) (Figure SPM.1) {1.2}  [United Nations (2018) Global Warming of 1.5C. Summary for Policymakers

The global situation.....

United Nations, Sustainable Development, 8 October 2018:

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change....


Do you know whose hands have harvested your medical information? North Coast Voices

The Medical Republic, 7 December 2018:

An investigation by The Medical Republic has revealed state, territory and federal police forces have sent around 2,600 requests a year for this sensitive health data to the Department of Human Services over the past two years. The department can legally disclose private health records to the police without a court order.

The department would not reveal how many of these requests were granted, but said the number of disclosures per year had remained stable over the past decade.

Once linked, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data, can paint a very detailed picture about a persons medical history.

PBS data includes every rebatable medication purchased at a chemist. MBS records show which Medicare item numbers were billed for during each consultation, and what...

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Tuesday, 11 December



Following recent sell out shows in London & across Australia TROY KINNE is coming to BYRON BAY and the BYRON BAY SERVICES CLUB!!

A comedic force to be reckoned with, Logie nominated and renowned on the stand-up comedy circuit, Troy has gained national and international attention as the star of his own sketch comedy show KINNE (7Mate) and his popular online viral videos.

Dont miss this opportunity to see TROY KINNE live.
Comic Genius The Daily Telegraph

18+ show, Friday 14 December 2018,8:30pm at the Byron Bay Services Club

Tickets online at

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Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival Byron Bay Blog

Youre warmly invited to the 2018 Bangalow Christmas Eve carnival!

A truly magical experience for all ages, complete with rides, street food, performers and so much more!

The main street of Bangalow village transforms into a bustle of lights, buskers, food vendors and a tapestry of locals who all gather to celebrate the festive spirit.

Volunteers from the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce and the community work to create this family-friendly event each year, which is full of community spirit with families, neighbours and visitors strolling up and down the main street enjoying the incredible atmosphere.

Youll also find many of the local shops open perfect for picking up that unique and last minute Christmas gift!

The Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival is on Christmas Eve 5pm to 9pm. Bring your friends!


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If not me then who? Local News Echonetdaily

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

Recently a Sydney pollie named Ted Mack died. Widely respected, he was the independent mayor for North Sydney and then an independent state member.

In a book he wrote on local government he outlined, among other things, the ways bureaucrats manipulate elected councillors. The relationship between our mayor and former GM Ken Gainger is a classic case.

Readers should entertain themselves by checking out a February copy of the Byron News in which Simon lavishly praises and thanks Ken for the guidance hed given him after hed become mayor! Talk about nave.

Simon will likely go to his grave without ever realising; but he did say at the Council meeting last week that one must be capable of changing ones mind.

Id like to hear from anyone who knows how I might obtain a copy of said book. My plan is to quote sections of it to Simon; hes definitely the kind of person who will take notice of an uncomfortable idea only if it comes from a credible source which unfortunately excludes me. Im just another one of those conspiracy theorists, apparently.

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Goonengerry land-clearing not a council issue Local News Echonetdaily

Some of the cleared land at 205 Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry. Photo Angus Underwood

Byron Shire Council says it has no powers to intervene to prevent land-clearing of endangered subtropical lowland rainforest at a Repentance Creek Road property despite the fact that it appears some of land being cleared is on Councils own road verge.

A council spokesperson said the recent clearing was being undertaken under the auspice of a Timber Plantation Plan approved by DPI. The plan applies to the whole property.

But Angus Underwood of Federal Landcare told Echonetdaily it was clear these trees are not destined for forestry.

While the landowner may be permitted to cut down plantation timbers, he said the rainforest in question had been pushed into a pile and the owner has applied to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for a burn permit.

Echonetdaily understands both Byron Shire Council and the RFS have referred the matter to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), which oversees timber plantation permits.

Mr Underwood said the forest, which appears to have been clear-felled, was typical of regrowth in the area and that lowland subtropical rainforest is a listed endangered community under NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and Critically Endangered under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The area is mapped as high conservation value land by Council, provides habitat for a range of threatened species and is located within a regional wildlife corridor, he said.

A spokesperson said Byron Shire Council was aware of the clearing on land at 205 Repentance Creek Road and staff have been in contact with the land owner and the DPI.

Enforcement of clearing under the approved plan sits outside Councils enforcement powers.

Council staff have asked that the DPI do a compliance inspection as soon as possible due to the level of public enquiry being made, the spokesperson said.

But Mr Underwood said given the proximity of the clearing to the road, Council should undertake its own investigation.

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What can we do to prevent local koala extinction? Local News Echonetdaily

At risk of extinction: At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas were taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre during a single week in July. Photo FOK

A community forum taking place in Lismore tomorrow (December 12) will discuss the extinction risk facing koalas on the North Coast and what can be done to ensure the marsupials long-term survival in NSW.

WWF-Australia this year reported that koalas were on track to extinction in NSW as early as 2050 without a significant reduction in tree clearing, mitigation of climate change and major expansion of protected areas.

Queensland University Researchers have estimated there were just 36,000 koalas left in NSW in 2012, and that the population was on track to decline 26 per cent over six koala generations (mid-1990s and mid-2030s).

State govt to blame

Some 99 per cent of koala habitat is on private land in NSW, so it can now be bulldozed under new laws the Berejiklian government introduced last year (the ironically titled Biodviersty Conservation Act).

Bulldozing of bushland tripled in one part of the state in the first 12 months of the new laws, destroying 5,000 hectares of koala habitat.

Yet even as native forest logging on the North Coast is destroying prime koala habitat, the Berejiklian government is hastening their demise further, with proposals to open up new forests to loggers.

Speakers at tonights meeting will include Widjabul Elder Uncle Herb Roberts, NSW Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski, Dr Martin Taylor from WWF-Australia, Friends of the Koala president Dr Ros Irwin and North East Forest Alliance president Dailan Pugh.

Save our Koalas Community Forum

When; 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, December 12

Where; Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore


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Man charged with intimidating 10-year-old girl Local News Echonetdaily

A man has been charged following investigations into an alleged child approach incident in Lismore last month.

About 3.20pm on Wednesday November 7, a 10-year-old girl got off the school bus at the corner of Hunter and Orion Streets and started walking to her destination.

Its alleged a man driving a white station wagon approached the girl and spoke to her, before trying to entice her into his vehicle.

The matter was reported to police and an investigation was commenced by Lismore Detectives.

About 4pm yesterday (Monday December 10), a 50-year-old man was arrested in South Lismore.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear/physical harm (personal).

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today (Tuesday December 11).


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Old Mullum hospital to be demolished next month Local News Echonetdaily

Byron Shire Council is set to take possession of the Mullumbimby Hospital site today (December 11), with demolition to commence in January 2019. Photo Aslan Shand

The purchase of the four-hectare Mullumbimby Hospital site from NSW Health will be finalised today (Tuesday December 11), after the NSW Government offered the property to Byron Shire Council for $1 in May 2017.

The demolition of the old hospital buildings is set to start in early January next year.

Given its history of asbestos contamination, the Council says its priority is now remediating the site, which includes the removal of asbestos and any other contaminated materials.

Contractors will take control of the site in early January and the remediation is scheduled to start on January 7.

Phil Holloway, Councils infrastructure services director, said the contractors were experienced in the demolition and remediation of contaminated sites like the Mullumbimby Hospital and at all times the health and safety of the community will be the main focus.

The contractors will be using recognised best practice processes to remove the asbestos, with operations to be undertaken and contained in a special negative-pressure tent, he said.

Tweed Coast Demolitions and Excavations is managing the job with Aztech Services, the company used to remediate homes affected by the Mr Fluffy insulation in Canberra, to handle the asbestos removal.

There will be security measures in place and the site will be fully fenced for the duration of the remediation process which is expected to take approximately six months, Mr Holloway said.

Council staff and the demolition contractor Tweed Coast Demolitions are door-knocking residents and businesses in the vicinity of the hospital site, providing them with information about the project and leaving information in peoples letterboxes.

I know its a busy time of year but the purchase settlement is being finalised this week and when we have possession of the site we want to work as quickly as possible to remove the contamination, Mr Holloway said.

A community drop-in session will be held at the Left Bank Rd entrance to the hospital next Monday, December 17, from 4pm to 7pm....


Have you seen Darryl? Local News Echonetdaily

Have you seen Darryl Gamero? He was last seen in Nimbin on December 3. Photo supplied

Police are seeking the communitys help to find Darryl Gamero who has been reported as missing.

The 30-year-old from Gladstone, Queensland, was last seen in Nimbin on the December 3.

Darryl has blonde collar length hair, no tattoos, but scars on his right arm.

He does not have a mobile phone and is known to use payphones.

If you see Darryl please contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 Police reference is E6982755

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Just three months out from a state election and the NSW Berejiklian Government decides to introduce a new punative public housing policy guaranteed to upset a good many voters North Coast Voices

In 2016 est. 37,715 people in New South Wales were recorded as homeless on Census Night.

The following year the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government had a public housing stock total of 110,221 dwellings and an est. 60,000 people on the Dept. of Housing 2017 waiting list.

Below is the state governments answer to the effects of decreasing public housing stock and federal Coalition Government cuts to public housing funding allocations to the states - introduce a new initiative under the 'Opportunity Pathways' program which will cut the housing waiting list by increasing eligibility restrictions, privatise service delivery to certain categories of public housing applicants and tenants in order to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families are discouraged from seeking housing assistance.

The Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2018, p.2:

Public housing applicants will have to get a job if they want a taxpayer-funded home under a tough new test to be introduced in NSW.

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Monday, 10 December


Byron Surf Flix Byron Bay Blog

Byron Surf Flix gets on board with Positive Change for Marine Life to support our local surfers at the Byron Theatre on Tuesday 18th December at 7:30pm.

Byron Surf Flix takes off with the screening of surf film classic Morning of the Earth. The film will be introduced by Rusty Miller who is one of the surfers who appears in the film.

The night promises a chilled atmosphere with the Byron Theatre Bar open before the film and during intermission.

Tix are only $15! Get them online at or from our Box Office: Mon Fri 10am 1:30pm.

Morning of the Earth portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australias north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.

Check out these clips from Morning of the Earth:

Surf Flix co-organiser Daniel Wilson Barrios, a surfer of over 20 years, says that Surf Flix will be somewhere we can bring together the surfing culture and to celebrate what we love to do. Daniel also mentions that Surf F...


New board game lets you bee the change you want to see Local News Echonetdaily

The Forage board game. Photo supplied

One of the worker-bees at Flow Hive has launched a new educational bee game called Forage on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Byron Bay local Yari McGauley, a beekeeper of 10 years, launched the game last week after being inspired by an opportunity to upcycle some of the waste materials from the Flow Hive production line.

Forage board game creator, Yari McGauley. Photo supplied

A board game enthusiast, McGauley said he had his eureka moment when watching the Flow Hive laser-cut wooden pieces come off the conveyor belt.

Hmm all those neat little hexagonal laser offcuts would be great for a game, McGauley said.

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, the local entrepreneur hopes to take the game to the world, with early interest from Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Kmart in the USA.

Forage is a 2-4 player game which involves guiding your beehive through the seasons by collecting nectar, pollen and bees as you deal with pests, bears and the opposition.

Yari said his aim was to make a fun game that highlights how important bees are to our world, with a third of food crops needing bees for pollination. Bees are in trouble world-wide with US beekeepers...


Byron Bay bypass gets large cash lobbed at it by govt Local News Echonetdaily

Nationals candidate for Ballina Ben Franklin (L) and Byron Greens Mayor Simon Richardson pore over the plans for the contentious Byron Bay bypass, now fully funded. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Byron Bay bypass is the latest project to benefit from seemingly never-ending funding announcements by the National Party, who are lavishing the electorate with tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in the lead-up to the March election.

The long running and contentious bypass development, which was enthusiastically embraced by Greens mayor Simon Richardson on Monday, will see native wetland habitat destroyed south of Butler Street for the road. It will then turn left, over the disused railway, and emerge at the corner of Browning and Jonson Streets where Mitre 10 and Byron Music is located.

Detail of the bypass and bus stop plans. Image supplied

The commercial expansion of the entire area, while diminishing its ecological and heritage values, is all but guaranteed.

Additionally, a new bus terminal interchange is pegged alongside the bypass, replacing the existing terminal on Jonson Street.

The NSW government have committed $9.5m, which Council say is the final amount needed to complete the project.

The bypass is also tied to the contentious West Byron project, whereby developers agreed with the Liberal-National government to a voluntary agreement for bypass funding as part of their development application.

Throughout the project, there has been strong opposition from neighbours most impacted, who say the route has shown to be more expensive, dangerous and destructive of the environment, the community and heritage.

Their suggestion for t...


Bundjalung artists to gather in Byron Local News Echonetdaily

Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts (L) and Gilbert Laurie in front of the mural they painted in Peace Park in Nimbin last year. Photo supplied

The inaugural Bundjalung Gathering art and culture exhibition will take place at Marvell Hall, Byron Bay, this coming week.

The regions finest Aboriginal artists and craftspeople are exhibiting paintings, sculpture and craft. There will be daily weaving workshops from Sunday till Tuesday.

The event is based around the concept of the tribes of Bundjalung gathering along the coast as in the ancient traditions.

Arts Northern Rivers Aboriginal arts development worker, Mark Cora, describes the exhibition as an opportunity for artists to come together as the Bundjalung nation.

The tribal groups of Bundjalung are often separated in modern times and rarely meet on common ground as once was the tradition in Aboriginal history. The meeting of artists and the welcoming to country is a very important cultural aspect of Aboriginal culture, he said.

Basket woven by Deb Cole. Photo Jugun Dandi weavers.

Michelle Michels, from local organisation AWARE Community has organised the exhibition with support from Byron Shire Council and Arts Northern Rivers.

The official opening is this Saturday evening from 5 pm 8pm with a Welcome to Country from Arakwal woman Delta Kay followed by the Bunyarra dancers and didgeridoo player Rory Close.

There will be talks by the artists and a presentation on the Bundjalung history, while sound master Craigus McVegas will be providing music throughout the evening.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) will be attending...


Greens MP calls for tourist infrastructure fund Local News Echonetdaily

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has announced a plan for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, a plan that she says she will be taking to the state election in March.

Ms Smith said such a fund would help alleviate the massive backlog of infrastructure needs and upkeep for roads and parks in high tourism areas in NSW such as Byron Shire.

Without revealing the detail, which she said she would roll out closer to the election, Ms Smith said the formula would be based on the ratio of tourism numbers compared to ratepayers within a Local Government Area.

Local councils would receive a percentage of GST collected within their footprint. This obviously will benefit communities where there are a huge number of tourist visitors annually compared to ratepayers, she said.

The Byron Shire has 33,000 residents and just over 13,500 residential ratepayers but supports more than two million tourist visits each year.

We know the benefits tourism brings for businesses but we know that Byron Shire Council is left to pick up the tab to pay for the huge impact on roads and public spaces.

Its ridiculous that ratepayers are expected to pay for local roads and parks where tourism numbers are so disproportionate, while the state government reaps the tax dollars, including massive amounts of Land Tax, Stamp Duty and GST.

Eliminating pork barrelling

Instead of having to be like beggars at the mercy of the government of the day and pork barrelling, this model provides a sustainable, annual fund that the community can bank on.

Its time the regions got their fair share from the state government so that we can have safer roads, increased public transport and new public amenities, Ms Smith said.

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Two dead, one injured in crash on M1 Local News Echonetdaily

Two men have died and a woman has been injured in a crash on the Pacific Highway (M1) overnight (Sunday December 9).

About 7.45pm, a vehicle was travelling south on the highway, Glenugie, when it left the road, crashed through a fence, and rolled.

Two men in the car died at the scene. A female passenger was trapped in the vehicle.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has now flown the 39-year-old woman to Gold Coast University Hospital in serious condition with head injuries.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police Area Command remain on the scene conducting inquiries.

A contra flow is in place so traffic is able to travel through the area in both directions, however delays are expected.

Motorists are urged exercise caution, with emergency services and traffic crews on site.

Due to the nature of the incident, there is no forecast as to when all lanes will reopen.

For the latest traffic information, visit

Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


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Drugs, gems, ammo seized in raid on Eureka home Local News Echonetdaily

A man has been refused bail following a police raid on a Eureka home last week that uncovered a cache of diamonds.

About 9.50am on Wednesday December 5, police raided the home where they allegedly seized cannabis, .22 calibre ammunition, lysergic acid (LSD) tabs, methylamphetamine, 43 assorted diamonds, eight opals, two gold watches, a mans gold chain and three gift cards valued at $50 each.

A 45-year-old Eureka man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, possessing ammunition, supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime

He was refused bail to appear before Byron Bay Local Court December 20.

AK47: man arrested

In a separate incident, on Saturday December 8, police stopped a car on John Robb Way, Cudgen at about 12.05am.

The driver, a 23-year-old male from Mudgeeraba, was arrested for outstanding warrants from 2014 for offences including possessing an AK47 rifle, possessing ammunition, possessing breaking implements (being a sledge hammer and bolt cutters) and possessing body armour, which is alleged to have been found in Kogarah.

Police searched the man and allegedly found a Hublot watch valued at $53,345.00 and $3150.00 cash. In addition to the warrants he was charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen and dealing with proceeds of crime.

The man was refused bail to appear Tweed Heads Local Court today (December 10).


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US President Donald Trump aka "Individual-1" named in relation to presidential election campaign violations & contact with Russian President's office North Coast Voices

On 29 November 2018 attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to charges of tax evasion, making false statements to financial institutions, lying to the US Congress and facilitating illegal campaign contributions totalling US$255,000 in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

His plea agreement can be found here.

US President Donald J. Trump is identified in the US Government's Sentencing Memorandums, the first of which recommenfs that Cohen be gaoled for up to three and a half years.


THE GOVERNMENTS SENTENCING MEMORANDUM, filed 7 December 2018, excerpts:

1. Background


Australia 2018: Is long-term rental destroying the wellbeing of low income households? North Coast Voices

Across the nation, people who rent are living on insecure tenancies. Almost 9 in 10 Australians who rent (88%) are on leases of a year or less, and are not certain of where they will be living in a years time. This impacts a persons ability to feel part of the local community and establish roots.

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Sunday, 09 December


Sunday, 9 December 2018 - 1:48pm

This week, I have been mostly reading:


Loss of nearly every wild oyster in the Richmond River estuary more than two years ago became a catalyst for action North Coast Voices

Echo NetDaily, 5 December 2018:

Recently Rous County Council voted unanimously to prepare a proposal for a $150 million bid to the States Snowy Hyrdo Legacy Fund to ensure long term water security, natural flood mitigation and improved river health for the Northern Rivers region.

Rous County Council Chair, Cr Keith Williams, said the idea for the Northern Rivers Watershed Initiative was born with the realisation that flood risk and river health are interrelated. Slowing water flow in strategically selected streams by revegetating and fencing off stream banks, can reduce downstream flood peaks, improve water quality and provide habitat, said Cr Williams after the vote. Similarly, by better understanding ground water flows and recharge zones, we can target efforts to revegetate and increase soil moisture retention and improve infiltration rates in important ground water source areas.

By having a wholistic view of water within the combined Northern Rivers catchments the Initiative can deliver multiple benefits from the same dollar of investment.


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Saturday, 08 December


Tweet of the Week North Coast Voices


Quotes of the Week North Coast Voices

in the Liberal Party, the problem is intellectual honesty, intellectual capacity, courage and integrity. Liberal Party politicians are not even game to attempt ideological coherence in their public pronouncements. They prefer simplistic slogans, message manipulation, outright lies, and varying levels of verbal bullying  [Academic and blogger Ingrid Matthews writing in oecomuse, 27 November 2018]

I note, and accept, advice that there is nothing in the bill that would abrogate parliamentary privilege. However, the main issue with covert access in relation to privilege is that there would be no opportunity for a parliamentarian who considers that material is protected by privilege to raise such a claim.  [ Speaker of the Australian Senate, Senator Scott Ryan, quoted in The Guardian, 29 November 2018]

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Friday, 07 December


TEMPLE TATTOO Opening PARTY Byron Bay Blog

Come and celebrate the opening of our new Tattoo studio Temple Tattoo. Located next to main beach in the heart of Byron Bay this family friendly event will have a day of Live Music, Aboriginal Opening ceremony, Live Tattooing, dread locking, and much more. Come and meet the our artists and hang out next to the ocean at Temple Tattoo.

Click Here for More Information

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Mental Health Support Group receives $60,000 boost Local News Echonetdaily

Jennifer Leslie (Charitable Foundation, Director), Barbara Swain (Head of Volunteers at Mental Health Support Group) and David Shanley (Charitable Foundation, Director). Photo supplied.

When you are confronted by the death someone you love as a result of mental health issues it is devastating and this was certainly the case for Barbra Swain and her husband when they lost their son in 1995.

It was a few years later that they looked around and decided to do something and they donated $6,000 to the Richmond Clinic in Lismore for therapeutic things for patients.

The staff asked us if we could help with providing care packs and clothing for people that the police had brought in. We did this for a few years but it became far too much work by a few years later, said Barbara.

It was then that she found herself at a Rotary function where she was able to ask for help with the work she was doing.

About 12 people signed up and we formed the Mental Health Support Group (MHSG). We help look after people in the community who are down on their luck because of mental health issues. The organisation has grown and grown and in 2011 we became a registered charity.

The group now assists people throughout the Northern Rivers Health District that covers health services from Tweed Heads to Grafton.

While the hospitals and NGOs help people start recovery and with their daily living at Mental Health Support Group we provide the comfort like a sofa, the pots and pans everything, as they start on their road to recovery, said Barbara.

$60,000 for a new van

Collecting donations and delivering goods will now be made much simpler with a $60,000 grant to buy a volunteer van from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Previously we had to rely on volunteers using their own cars and trailer to collect and deliver things o...


Water mining 12 hours a day seven days a week Local News Echonetdaily

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker joins Tweed Water Alliance rally at Tweed Council chambers to support the community against water mining. Photo supplied.

Labor, Liberal and National Party-aligned Tweed councillors have once again come under fire by local community groups for missing a prime opportunity to reign in the water mining industry at a key Council meeting last night.

Community groups stepped up their push against the environmentally damaging industry, staging a protest outside Tweed chambers yesterday.

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker said: The NSW LNP government has been approving these water mining operations but are now questioning their own actions by recently calling for an investigation into the impacts of water mining on ground water after pressure was put on them by the Alstonville and Uki communities and the Greens.

The prime target of community ire was around the bore water extraction plant trading under the name of Mt Warning Spring Water.

Community outrage spilled over in the chamber at the decision to stage development consent of the 2016 development application which would extend the trucking allowance so that Mt Warning Spring Water could operate unlimited truck sizes, 7am -7pm, 7 days a week including on Christmas day even before their onsite water bottling plant had been set-up.

Cr Chris Cherry declared the lax conditions of the 2016 DA as beyond belief.

Council had an opportunity to bolster compliance mechanisms to ensure more robust overseeing and monitoring of water extraction amounts and truck loads through restrictions put forward by Greens Mayor Katie Milne such as requiring operators to use log books. These motions, however were rejected by Labor and conservative councillors.

Mayor Katie Milne said:The community has raised concerns on numerous occasions about lack of evidence of the su...


Cherry picker falls 14m near Kyogle Local News Echonetdaily

A cherry picker toppled approximately 14 meters to the ground yesterday in the Kyogle area.

The cherry picker was in an elevated position on the roof of a rural building when it reportedly moved and toppled some fourteen meters to the road below.

A 24 year old male was in the cherry picker as it descended to the ground. He reportedly suffered suspected spinal and pelvic injuries.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called in around 1.45pm and the patient was been flown to Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. He is reported to be in a stable condition.

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Woolies carpark works continue Local News Echonetdaily

Woolworths at Mullumbimby was forced to close temporarily a few weeks ago owing to a safety issue in the carpark

With a section of the Mullum Woolies carpark closed recently owing to concerns of safety issues, there are still no indication of when it will reopen.

When asked by The Echo, a Woolworths spokesperson replied, The northern aspect of the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark remains temporarily closed while we work with specialist engineers and consultants to rectify the structural issues affecting this section.

The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.and we sincerely thank our customers for their patience during this time.

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Tibet fundraiser gives locals food for thought Local News Echonetdaily

Paul Bibby

Standing amidst the hustle and bustle of down town Dharamsala is a small cluster of buildings with a big purpose.

The compound is home to the headquarters of the Tibetan Childrens Village, an organisation that provides schooling to over 16,726 Tibetan child refugees across the globe.

It is a world way from the spacious streets of Mullumbimby, but last Saturday the distance became just a little shorter when 75 locals enjoyed a taste of Tibetan culture to raise funds for the exiled children.

From Left: Musician Michael Askill, WeMove co-founder Alona Rosenberg, singer Tenzin Nyidon, WeMove co-funder Meggie Daneilson and performer Tenzin Choegyal

Hosted by the WeMove dance studio, the event raised $1,770 for the childrens village.

It also raised awareness of the plight of those who have been forced to flee Tibet, through the screening of the award-winning documentary The Last Dalai Lama, which explores the life of the exiled Tibetan leader and his attempts free his country from Chinese rule.

The story behind the event is one of real community connection, WeMoves co-founder Alona Rosenberg said.

When we heard about the idea it was a big yes.

The studio was approached about the event by local woman Samaya Askill, whose husband Michael performs regularly alongside acclaimed Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal.

Mr Choegyal is a former student of the Tibetan Childrens Village and has been a strong advocate for the school, helping to raise funds and awareness through musical performances across the globe.

It was from this string of connections that the fundraiser was born.

It featured a taste of traditional Tibetan curry, a performance by Mr Choegyal and Michael Askill, followed by the screening of the film.

Michael and Tenzin have performed all around the world and have just come back from performing in Carnegie Hall in New York, so it was great for them to feel the support of our little community, Ms Rosenberg said.

We have a strong multicultural focus and interest at WeMove so it was great to be involved in supporting the Childrens Village.

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Local walkers protest feral horses at the top of Mt Kosciuszko Local News Echonetdaily

When no-native animals run wild the repercussions for both the physical environment and the native animals can be devastating.

Wild brumbies at Mt Kosciuszko National Park. Photo Judith Deland via ABC.

Highlighting the problems faced in Mt Kosciuszko National Park as the brumbies run wild Steve and Barbara Millard, with four other members of the Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club, will walk from the Cobberas Wilderness in Eastern Victoria to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

Scientists have fenced off this experimental plot to show how the damage caused by feral horses can be reversed. This photo was taken by Steve last year at Cowombat Flat. This stream is the source of the Murray River. Photo supplied.

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New Tweed Hospital: Labor for Kings Forest Nationals for Cudgen Local News Echonetdaily

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley with Tweed candidate Craig Elliot. Photo Facebook.

NSW Labor Leader Michael Daleys commitment to building the new Tweed Valley Hospital at the Kings Forest development rather than the current government selected site at Cudgen, near Kingscliff, that is on State Significant Farmland has drawn the ire of sitting member for Tweed Geoff Provost.

Labor Leader Michael Daley has admitted he will delay the delivery of the Tweed Valley Hospital by years and blow the budget by at least $100 million, significantly delaying vital health services to the community, said Mr Provost.

However, Labor has condemned both the site selection process used saying that the National Party had chosen the Cudgen farmland site as a Trojan horse to throw away height limits in Kingscliff and to open the door for over-development on prime agricultural land.

Labor said the announcement has come after they received tens of thousands of signatures opposing over-development in Kingscliff and the National Party plans to build the Tweed Hospital on prime agricultural land.

Whether it be high rise in Kingscliff or a nine-storey hospital on Cudgen farmland Geoff Provest and the Nationals are failing to protect the Tweed from inappropriate developments, Labors candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot said.

Developing current hospital site?

A key issue for many locals has been the removal of the hospital from the current Tweed site. In July The Greens called for the hospital to be re-developed on the current site.

This is in part due to the koala corridor and low lying areas of the Kings Forest site that will require significant filling to bring it abov...


Saving the ocean one sticker at a time Local News Echonetdaily

Michal and Daniela Berti have put up three stickers so far, with more to come. Photo supplied.

The old adage put your money where your mouth is is ringing true for a Byron man who is doing his part to save the oceans.

Michal Berti and his 11-year-old daughter Daniela saw a problem and worked out how to fix it in the form of an information sticker they place on public showers around Byron beaches.

Michal says that it was frustrating to keep watching people using beach showers as their own bathroom. Wed keep telling them no to do it and explaining why, he said. Having a sign would leave them no excuse for using these kinds of products so, we designed the sticker.

The message on the signs is simple: if you use detergent a personal health products at public showers, the water goes directly back onto the ocean and has a detrimental effect on marine life. I think most of the people that Ive seen and told not to do it, they really werent aware of the water going straight to the ocean.

Born in Venezuela, Michal moved to Spain in 2001 then came on holidays to Byron here in 2015 and never left. He works doing graphic design and digital print and is just setting up his little business called Sticky Ideas.

Berti says that a friend helped him get in touched with council and National Parks to get the thumbs up on posting the stickers. They were really keen for me to do it, he said. They thought it was a great idea. There are three stickers on trial at Main Beach for council showers, and five approved on Arakwal National Park Beaches at The Pass, Captain Cook, Wategos, Tallows and Broken Head.

The market value of a work like this could go between $300 to $1000 but Berti fell so strongly about the issue that he financed the work himself. We designed, printed and Installed the stickers ourselves so the cost was only the stock and three or fours hours of work.

I did because I love this place these beaches are my daughter and my favourite playgrounds. I try teach my daughter and kids that I train in Nippers not only to keep our place clean but to clean it too. if you find rubbish on your way, take it to the bin even if its n...


Does your environment impact your health? Local News Echonetdaily

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies came together yesterday to discuss how to create healthy communities. Photo supplied.

It is now being recognised that the way we design our environment is having a huge impact on human health and wellbeing.

Since 1985, the proportion of Australian children who are overweight has doubled and the prevalence of obesity trebled. In NSW child overweight and obesity has been relatively stable at 21 per cent over the last ten years yet this is still cause for concern said Jillian Adams, Northern NSW Local Health Districts (NNSWLHD) health promotion manager.

For the first time in the modern era, our children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, she said.

The rise in childhood and adult obesity is causing unprecedented levels of heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease and increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease and cancer.

Tackling obesity as a community

Recognising both the importance of our environment and the role of community on the impact of peoples choices around health eating and activities NNSWLHD held the first ever Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Summit held in Ballina yesterday.

There are many social and environmental factors causing these increasing rates of overweight, including our sedentary lifestyles- our car-based, screen-based, fast-food world, said Ms Adams.

We need to change the direction were headed, but the Health sector cant do this alone, so we are calling for a whole of community approach.

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies, councils, education, health services, sport and fitness, community services and farmers markets attended the summit in Ballina.

The Summit was the first stage of the Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Project, to support collaborative programs across community sectors, making it easier for all of us to make healthy choices, said Ms Adams.

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The Billi Christmas affair enjoy a laid back afternoon of fun in the sun Local News Echonetdaily

Codie McCarthy and Newy Newbold the painters and designers of the mural that is part of the new vibrant open space where the Billi Christmas Affair will be happening this Saturday. Photo Jeff Parroting Dawson.

Its a full afternoon of family fun, dance, singing and the perfect chance to pick up some Festive Season gifts at the Billinudgel Christmas Affair this Saturday, December 8, from 1 till 5pm. There will be live music, kids entertainment, a jumping castle and more to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Were looking forward to a true Billinudgel experience for locals and visitors, said the event organisers.

The Billinudgel Christmas Affair is a chance for people to come and get involved with Billinudgel and enjoy the laidback Christmas vibe.

Moving forward as a community

Following the devastation of Cyclone Debbie last year the Billinudgel community has realised the importance of banding together to not only help each other recover but to look at how they move forward as a community. Many of the businesses were hit hard during the enormous flood event losing stock, having machinery damaged and being left with major cleanups.

The recovery has been a challenge but were getting there, said committee members.

The community has come together really well. There has been a lot of conversation and discussion about how to improve things and we are looking at various flood-mitigation options.

The festival is an opportunity for people to come and find out about the town and its more than sixty businesses and how they have recovered post flood. At the festival businesses will be showcasing what they do along with demonstrations including getting hands-on woodworking with longtime local Stan Ceglinski. 

Dynamic and innovative businesses

There are plenty of dynamic and innovative businesses that operate out of Billinudgel and it has become a thriving business and service hub for north Byron Shire.

Billinudgel has one of the most authentic local Australian pubs and general stores that can make you feel...


Scanlon Foundation Survey finds that in contemporary Australia racist values are held by a small minority North Coast Voices

The Guardian, 4 December 2018:

Australia has not lost faith in immigration. The political narrative has darkened but not the fundamental view of ourselves as an immigrant nation. Most of us remain convinced that we are in so many ways better off for newcomers of all races and creeds who have come in large numbers to our shores.

That is the verdict of the Scanlon Foundations 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report published on Tuesday. The mission of the foundation is to measure how this migrant nation hangs together. Over the last decade 48,000 of us have been polled to fathom the panics that sweep this country and the steady underlying views Australians have of immigration.

Immigration is a growing concern, says the author of the report Professor Andrew Markus of Mo...

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When the boys sat around the kitchen table dreaming up what would become the original Pacific Ale, their inspiration came from what they envisioned to be the perfect occasion

Imagine a hot summers day in Byron Bay and youve just come out of the ocean. The sands scorching as you walk off the beach, across the pandanus lined park where everyones lazing in the shade and into the pub. The salts still drying on your back and all you feel like is something thatll quench your thirst

That beer is from the local independent brewery.the original Pacific Ale,
with its big fruity hops, cloudy haze and a refreshing finish

Stone & Woods flagship beer is what would now be considered a summer ale and with it being the Northern Rivers brewerys 10th anniversary, theyre celebrating being the
original, and theyre finally doing it theyre putting it in cans!

From when we first released the original Pacific Ale, our customers and our drinkers have begged us to put it in a can. Up until now, our focus has been on making enough of the stuff, so were pumped to be able to release a commemorative 10 years of Summer Pacific Ale can now! said head brewer, Caolan Vaughn.

The limited release commemorative can will disappear before most people can get their hands around it, but they plan on releasing it permanently in January 2019.

Visit for more detail and stockists.

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NBN roll-out leaves business with no phone for over six weeks Local News Echonetdaily

NBN nightmare: Elsa Torresi works on reception at Little Lane Dental, and cant believe theyve been without a phone for six weeks with no end in sight. Photo Aslan Shand.

A dental practice in Mullumbimby has now been without a phone for over six weeks following the roll out of the NBN which has failed to facilitate their connection to the NBN network. 

It has been six weeks of confusion, conflicting information and technical gobbledygook for dentist Steve McGaughran at Little Lane Dental in Mullumbimby as hes been shunted from pillar to post between NBN and his telephone provider provider iinet and he still doesnt have a phone for his business.

I just want a quick resolution. I need a phone to run my business and its been six weeks now without one, said Steve in frustration.

On October 15 Little Lane Dentals phone cut off while NBN were working on the node several meters from their building. When Steve asked the workers what have you done to our phone? they said they hadnt touched it, however, when Telstra came to fix the line four days later they told Steve that the NBN staff had damaged the line into the building. 

Two day phone

They had a phone line for almost two working days before it once again went dead at 9.45am on Tuesday October 23. They were told by their provider iinet that their number had been ported (transferred)  so they could be connected to the NBN network. 

The thing was that our appointment to be connected to the NBN network wasnt until November 1, said Steve.

We asked if they could at least put a message on the line to let customers know that our number was being ported but they said they couldnt because the number no longer existed.

I thought well, we can manage a week and a half without a phone for the greater good.



Nick Cunningham to play Falls Byron by popular vote. Local News Echonetdaily

Singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has won the Foster A Band competition and will be playing at Falls Byron. Photo supplied.

Local Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has scored the spot on the Falls Byron line-up for this year after thousands of votes were cast for the Foster A Band competition.

Nick is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). 

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick.

He was up against plenty of quality competition with Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds in the running.

We had an incredible range of northern rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul.

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Carson Nearly Sweeps Cavanbah Bridge Awards Local News Echonetdaily

South Golden Beachs Graham Carson won all but one title in the recent Bridge competition at the Cavanbah centre. Photo supplied.

It was a golden time for South Golden Beachs Graham Carson who all but swept the 2018 awards at the Byron Bay Bridge Club.

He teamed up with John Paynter to win the Autumn Pairs; qualified with Ian Pick, Lorraine and Mark Miller for the regional finals of the Grand National Open Teams tournament; then won the Spring Pairs with Clive Klugman.

Adding to his honours, Graham teamed up with Chris Morgan, Patricia Ellis and Kadri Nelmes to win the Clubs annual teams day.

The two-week Club Championship, won by Fay Bogg and Brian Sundstrom, was the only major event to elude Graham.

Success at the bridge table is always welcomed admits Graham but the best parts of the game are that it keeps the brain cells stimulated and that you meet so many like-minded people who are more than happy to share their knowledge.

The Club plans to offer an 8-week beginner course from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays starting 8 February 2019. The cost is $80 per person. Please contact Clive at or call 0414616132.

The Club meets on Fridays. Guests are welcome not later than 12:15.

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A Day in The Bay festival kicks off this Saturday Byron Bay Echonetdaily

Creating a special Day in The Bay a group of locals have come together to create a grassroots day of fun for all the ages. This Saturday December 8 from 11.30am till 10pm at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron you can enjoy  a great variety of local businesses from food trucks to boutique beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, live music, childrens entertainment.

A Day in The Bay festival gives local businesses the chance to showcase their craft to the wider community along with being an eco-friendly, sustainable event.

A day that showcases grassroots music, creative culture and everything we love about this beautiful region. Created by locals built for everyone, said festival organisers.

There will be two stages that will feature great local entertainment including Fat Picnic, Indigenoise, Mt Warning and Jai Piccone as well as performances by Spaghetti Circus and the fun of kids activities including giant slides and junking castles and more.

Organisers are estimating that the event will have a great impact on the local economy as all the participating businesses are 100 per cent local.

We have estimated that this event will employ approximately 200 local workers on the day and leading up to the event. Things like increased availability of jobs, boosts in tourism and increases in community participation will have a significant contribution to a positive quality of life for residents of the Byron shire.

Donating to charity

The $5 entry fee for adults kids are free is being donated to local non-for-profit charities.

Our charity of choice for the event will be the Ingrained Foundation. This charity

supports grassroots environmental and social charities in the local areas where we work and live. Essentially, they partner with aligned charities to create progress in our community and respond to urgent situations of need, said the organisers.

We consider ourselves as hardworking, active members of the com...


The truth about Australia's approach to climate change North Coast Voices

The graph below says it all - in 2008 through to September 2013 there was an Australian Labor Government in Canberra producing programs to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and from September 2013 until today there has been a Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government in Canberra intent on dismantling as much established cilmate change policy as is possible.

Trend emissions levels are inclusive of all sectors of the economy, including Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Reading Quarterly Update of Australias National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2018 [PDF 39 pages] released on 30 November 2018 it is highly unlikely that the Morrison Govenment will be able to meet Australia's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

For interim PM and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison to assert otherwise is a political lie.



Moving the Aboriginal Legal Service to Coffs Harbour will have adverse effects "IndyWatch Feed"

The Daily Examiner, 3 December 2018:

A Grafton solicitor says the decision to move the Aboriginal Legal Service to Coffs Harbour will have adverse effects.

As a lawyer who has worked with the Aboriginal community over many decades I was very surprised and concerned by your report in (Fridays) Examiner that the Aboriginal Legal Service is closing its Grafton office and moving to Coffs Harbour.

If this move goes ahead it will have a signicant and immediate adverse effect on the Grafton and Clarence Valley Aboriginal community that I feel the ALS decision makers in Sydney have not taken into account.

The Grafton building that ALS now works from is shared with a number of Aboriginal service providers and is a community hub that is safe, welcoming and holistically culturally appropriate for the services provided.


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Is identity politics a problem for the left? Aidan Ricketts

There seems to be a bit of an identity crisis on the left of politics these days. There are big challenges ahead but we seem to be more splintered than ever. We are faced with runaway climate change and rising global fascism. The distribution of wealth is massively tilted in favour of the [...]


Byron Carols by the Sea Byron Bay Blog

Date: Friday 14th December, 2018
Time: 6:30pm 8:30pm
Venue: Apex Park, opposite the Beach Hotel

A family-friendly community event, held every year in mid-December in at the beach end of Jonson Street in Apex Park, opposite the Beach Hotel.

Presented by the combined churches of Byron Bay, and directed by award-wining jazz and gospel music artist Sharny Russell, this years program also features local artists The Buckleys and Tim Stokes, amongst others.

Christmas is a time for gathering together with friends, family and loved ones, and we would like to invite you to a night of carols beside our world-famous beach during twilight, with a special visit from Santa!

More info:

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The Future is Not for Sale Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Saturday, 8 Dec; 11:00 am; ] Concerned members of our community who are angry at the news this week that ADANI will be proceeding are invited to join a march to give voice to your concern. The Reef, Queenslands Artesian Water, the climate, the traditional owners, the environment, our young people and the future are all losers if this proceeds. Meet at [...] full article 


Popped Creative: POPPED UP | Round 2 Byron Bay Blog

Be a part of our second designer sale!
Round 1 was a huge success and we all went home with new extremely necessary wardrobe staples (ahem, lilac pantsuit)
So once again we will be opening our doors on December 15th for round 2.

Head to for details and to secure your spot.
Brands and individuals welcome.
Quality | Designer | Vintage | High End

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The Rescue Project Sustainable Living Armidale

The Rescue Project is a citizen storytelling project by UNSW and Landcare Australia, and it invites the public to tell their story of environmental rescue whether that be of a tract of bush, a farm, or indeed a native animal in 500 words. Its a powerful means to express our relationship with the natural world [...] full article 


Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham scores spot on Falls Byron line-up by popular vote. Byron Bay Blog

Falls Byron 2018 Foster A Band competition has closed and the votes have been tallied! The public cast thousands of votes via the Falls website and the race was super close to the very end! Running throughout the month of November, people from around Australia tuned in and selected which local artist they would like to see hitting the Byron Bay stage this summer.

The local artist scoring the highest number of votes and a paid slot on the 2018/19 Falls Byron line-up is

Nick Cunningham is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). His storytelling and lyrical capabilities have seen him capture the imagination and hearts of listeners who have encountered him throughout his frequent touring of Australia. Nick has built a reputation as one being of Australias most exciting upcoming folk talents, already having performed on stages at Bluesfest and Splendour In The Grass. Online he has appeared on such platforms as Sofar Sounds Australia, Tram Sessions and has made international headway with his song Dark Blue Sweater gaining high rotation on Air New Zealand flights soon after its release.
Listen here | More about Nick at

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick I cant thank Byron Bazaar and everyone who voted for me enough.

Nick helped us out last year by introducing us to Adam Harpaz who went on to win the competition in 2017, said Daniel McGill of Byron Bazaar It is great to repay Nicks favour to us, not only is Nick a talented muso, but he is also an all-around good guy and he really deserves to win.

Falls would like to thank all of the bands involved (Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds ft Bronte Eve) and local media outlets (Byron Bazaar, Byron Shire Echo,, Common Ground and Tweed Valley Weekly) who supported this competition and the public who checked out all of the music on display and cast their valuable votes.

We had an incredible range of Northern Rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul Congratulations to Nick Cunningham and welcome to the line-up! Wed like to thank to all the local acts, media outlets, and the community for getting behind Falls Foster a Band in Byron. We look forward to showcasing more local talent and further growing the initiative in years to come.

Nick Cunningham will perform at the Forest Stage at Falls Byron on Wednesday 2 January.

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NSW Liberal & Nationals politicians won't be satisfied until they have turned this state into a wasteland North Coast Voices

Echo Net Daily, 3 December 2018:

The North East Forest Alliance has called the process used by the Commonwealth and State Governments to adopt new Regional Forest Agreements as a superficial sham simply intended to lock-up public native forests for private sawmillers at significant environment cost.

North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Dailan Pugh says there has been no attempt to assess or review environmental, industry or social data, instead they are relying on incomplete and out of date assessments undertaken 20 years ago.

The Governments chose to ignore the recommendation of their own reviewer for a contemporary review that included an assessment of the effects of climate change, he said.

By rejecting the recommendation of their own review and proceeding on incomplete and out of date assessments the National Party have once again proven that their intent is to lock up public resources for private companies irrespective of the environmental costs and community interests.


Domestic Violence is still not well understood by all Australians in 2018 North Coast Voices

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia.

Depiction of a victim of domestic violence


While Australians attitudes to violence against women and gender equality are improving, there are some disturbing trends.

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A Day in the Bay 8 Dec at the Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay Blog


Due to popular demand and some small venue restrictions we have upgraded A Day In The Bay 2018 to the Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay !

A Day in the Bay

Launching this December 8th, a collaboration of Byron based brands producing a family friendly event, exclusively showcasing the finest our local region has to offer.

A Day In The Bay conceptually is a market event where fun can be had across all ages. Featuring a collective of food trucks + beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, live music, childrens entertainment + more.

$5 entry on the gate with all proceeds to be donated to local non-for-profit & charity. THE CAVANBAH CENTER are hosting us from 12pm 10pm.

2 Stages, 3 Bars, 10 Food Trucks, Markets, Kids Rides and More! Bring your best smiles and hungry bellies for A Day In The Bay.

For full details visit A Day in the Bay Facebook Page

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Wednesday, 31 October


The climate emergency and the awful state of Australian politics Aidan Ricketts

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is causing a massive collective experience of grief around the globe amongst anyone who has the humility to believe science over stuff that is just made up. The IPCC is actually a pretty amazing thing, its the greatest assemblage of the greatest [...]

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