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Wednesday, 11 October

09:19

Deadline looms for North Lismore Plateau DA Local News Echonetdaily

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

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

Lismore residents have until Friday to have their say on a development application for the North Lismore Plateau.

The proposed development involves the creation of a new suburb. Initial proposals are for 433 residential allotments, with the total expected to be 1300 allotments.

Opponents of the development are urging people to lodge their objections to the proposal prior to the cut-off date.

They argue that the DA fails to adequately address concerns that have been raised about cultural and species impacts.

In September last year, Echonetdaily reported that archeologists visiting the site had identified rock walls that they believed pre-dated European contact.

They have also raised concerns that Aboriginal sites, including burials and artefacts would be disturbed by any development.

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan did not include a site inspection carried in the presence of the indigenous custodians, opponents say.

Among threatened species is the Thorny Pea, 90 per cent of whose specimens are found on the North Lismore Plateau. There are no clear proposals surrounding its effective protection.

Concerns have also been raised about the Lismore City Council using ratepayers money to subsidise the proposed development.

Lismore City Council proposes to subsidise the developers to the tune of $22 million over a number of years.

The council has approached this proposed project with 100 per cent certainty that it will go ahead, despite the fact that it will not be making the final decision. Somewhere between $1-2 million has already been invested in a sewerage trunk line.

They point out that the final decision will be made by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, that approve nearly 100 per cent of projects that they evaluate.

To make a submission go to:  http://tracker.lismore.nsw.gov.au//A/005.2017.00000270.001

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08:58

Marriage equality replacement forms still available Local News Echonetdaily

Almost three in five Australians have voted. file pic)

Almost three in five Australians have voted. file pic)

Anyone who has missed out on a marriage equality postal form has until Friday, 20 October, to request a new one.

Replacements are available for eligible people whose forms had been lost, damaged or did not arrive.

More than 16 million survey forms were posted to eligible Australians and an estimated 10 million survey forms had already been returned as at Friday, 6 October.

ABS Deputy Australian Statistician and Taskforce Lead, Jonathan Palmer, said requests for replacement forms closed at 6 pm on Friday.

If you havent got your survey materials, you can request a replacement form easily and quickly via the ABS websites online enquiry form.

Youll be asked to supply personal information such as a drivers licence or Australian passport so we can verify your identity, send a new survey form and invalidate your previous form so only one response is counted.

Another option is to visit a capital city or regional pick-up location. At each of these locations you can collect a survey form, after verifying your identity. Locations can also accept returned survey forms or provide directions to a nearby Post Office or Red Post Box, Mr Palmer said.

Replacement survey forms are also available via the Information Line on 1800 572 113.

The ABS is providing a paperless option so that eligible Australians travelling or living overseas, people in aged care facilities, or those with an illness, injury or disability, can respond online or by phone.

This option allows you to obtain a Secure Access Code through the online enquiry form on the ABS website or by calling the Information Line.

The 16-digit Secure Access Code can be used to provide an anonymous survey response through an automated telephone service, a secure online form or by contacting an ABS Customer Assistance Team. Requests for a Secure Access Code also close on 20 October, he said.
Survey forms must be received at the ABS by 6pm (local time) on 7 November 2017 to be included in the count. Survey results will be published on 15 November 2017.
More information on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is available at www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au

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08:56

Byron Bay CBD rail corridor handed over to council Local News Echonetdaily

The Shirley Street crossing. Photo Google Maps

The Shirley Street crossing. Photo Google Maps

The rail corridor that runs from the Shirley Street level crossing to the Byron Bay Station at The Railway Friendly Bar will soon be under council management and developed as part of the town centre masterplan activation project.

The Byron Bay Railroad Company (BBRC), who will soon run a train service between Bayshore Drive and a new platform behind Simmos Caltex Service Station, say they do not currently have a use for the corridor.

The news has been welcomed by mayor Simon Richardson, who told The Echo, Getting access and control of the corridor in this area can allow us to get the fences down, connect town to Butler Street, create a new, passive and open recreation and public space and put some love into what has long been a divider of the town.

It will also allow for the return of mass transport when the time is right.

A 2014 licence agreement with Transport for NSW allows BBRC to operate trains within the corridor between Bayshore Drive and the Byron Bay station, according to development director Jeremy Holmes. The new platform just short of the Shirley Street crossing was built to alleviate the need to stop traffic at this important town entry point.

Byron Bay Town Centre Committee chair Chris Hanley said, On behalf of the Byron Bay Town Centre Committee we want to thank Byron Bay Railroad Company for giving the licence of this 2.5-acre parcel of land to the council and community so it can be beautified.

Beneficiaries

Our group and the community will be the beneficiaries of this generosity.

Holmes says, Byron Bay Railroad Company do not currently have a use for the corridor south of the Shirley Street crossing, and we would like to see Byron Council make use of it for community purposes, being a key gateway site into town.

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08:24

Byron shire becoming unaffordable for buyers too Local News Echonetdaily

An Ocean Shores auction last Saturday. Photo Jeff Dawson

An Ocean Shores auction last Saturday. Photo Jeff Dawson

Paul Bibby

The boom in the local housing market has spread to the fringes of Byron shire and beyond, with new figures suggesting house prices in our outer suburbs and towns have jumped dramatically in the past year.

In a development that is likely to exacerbate the regions affordability crisis, figures from CoreLogic record price increases of more than 28 per cent in South Golden Beach, Ocean Shores, Clunes and Uki.

Myocum and Federal have now joined Byron Bay and Suffolk Park in having a median house price in excess of $1m, according to the figures, with Bangalow and New Brighton not far behind.

Every suburb in the region now has a median house price above that for NSW as a whole, cementing the shires place as one of the most desirable but least affordable places to live in the state.

SGB up 37.4 pc

One of the biggest movers in the past 12 months, according to the figures, is South Golden Beach, where house prices have jumped 37.4 per cent and each property spent just 61 days on the market, on average, before being sold.

Julie-Ann Manahan, the principal agent at Raine and Horne Ocean/Shores Brunswick Heads, said her firm had seen a huge increase in prices.

This part of the Shire is no longer the hidden little secret, Ms Manahan said.

I think Byron itself has become out of a lot of peoples league, so theyre saying, Where can I go thats still in my league thats under a million?

Ms Manahan said recent standout sales in her area included a four-bedroom Queenslander under community title in South Golden Beach going for $950,000.

Late last year a four-bedroom home on Palmer Avenue, Ocean Shores, went for $1.25m, a new record for the suburb.

But its not just the beachside suburbs where prices are climbing, with...

08:10

Son accused of murdering dad lied on life insurance policy Local News Echonetdaily

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

Rodney Stevens

A Murwillumbah man accused of murdering his father with a samurai sword in 2014 has admitted to a jury he lied when taking out $2.5 million in life insurance policies in the months preceding his grisly death.

Michael Phillip Martin took to the stand in the Lismore Supreme Court on Monday to give evidence in the murder trial over the death of Michael Anthony Martin.

The 46-year-old was allegedly murdered by then 25-year-old Michael Phillip Martin at his South Murwillumbah flat in the early hours of June 13.

The court heard the fatal attack came two months after Mr Martin Snr was severely bashed in April, in what the crown claims was a failed attempt on his life.

The 12 person jury in the trial, which is estimated to take five weeks, were previously taken to the scene of the alleged murder, Mr Martins second floor flat in an industrial area at 18-20 Quarry Rd, South Murwillumbah.

Jurors spent an just over an hour inspecting the area outside the unit, News Corporation reported, scribbling notes as Crown Prosecutor Brendan Campbell showed the men and women various key areas of the alleged murder scene applicable to the case.

Under examination by his barrister Gabriel Wendler, Mr Martin told the jury he wanted to mend relations with his father to help his own mental health.

Mr Martin said he met with his father two months before his death to discuss his dream job with Somerset Regional Council and juggling financial issues and the enormous pressures of life while raising three young children with an obsessively jealous wife.

The jury of eight women and three men heard the young couples mortgage, to which Mr Martin Jnr was the sole contributor, had increased by $50,000 to $270,000 due to renovation expenses.

This, combined with his wifes compulsive spending saw debts mount, Mr Martin said.

During a visit with his father in January 2014, Mr Martin Jnr said the issue of life insurance was first raised.

He told the jury his dad said his life was f**ked up and asked him to purchase a life insurance policy as he feared for his life.

Initially, Mr Martin Jnr said he didnt want to be involved, but then told his father he would investigate it for him.

Three policies totalling $2.5...

07:56

Meet James, a rising star of the volunteering community Local News Echonetdaily

Schoolies vollie James Wright. Photo Jeff Dawson

Schoolies vollie James Wright. Photo Jeff Dawson

With Schoolies fast approaching on November 17, organisers of the Byron Schoolies HUB are asking for volunteers to sign up to help make the event a safe and memorable one.

BUDDI Team Leader Nicqui Yazdi says, by way of example, James Wright is a volunteer who is making a difference in the community.

Last year James was a key figure in the Byron Schoolies HUB and once again this year James will act in a youth supervisor role for the HUB activities throughout November and December.

James is a second-generation HUB volunteer, following in the footsteps of his mother, who was one of the very early HUB volunteers back when it first started nine years ago.

What makes James even more interesting though, is that he actually started as a teenager attending the Friday night program at the Byron Youth Activities Centre (YAC).

In fact, James was there at the YAC on the very first night of these programs, back in 2008.

Yazdi says, It has been such a wonderful inspiration to watch young people like James, who started with us in youth programs, now moving into adult volunteering roles themselves. Over the last few years we have seen a number of young people who came through BUDDI programs as teens now signing up to become a part of our volunteering teams. 

Volunteers of all ages and experiences are required contact Nicqui ASAP at hubvolunteers@yahoo.com.au.

This years Schoolies HUB runs from November 17 till December 4.

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07:50

Cawongla celebrating new art studio Local News Echonetdaily

Yvonne Preston, Clare Ennew, Linda Frylink Anderson and Janette Faircloth are enjoying the success of the recently opened Cawongla Art Studio. Photo supplied.

Yvonne Preston, Clare Ennew, Linda Frylink Anderson and Janette Faircloth are enjoying the success of the recently opened Cawongla Art Studio. Photo supplied.

Four local artists have banded together to bring the historic Cawongla Community Centre building near Kyogle back to life through art. They are now using the front two rooms as a workshop and exhibition space.

We started a couple of months ago, said Linda Frylink Anderson who is co-ordinating the group.

They recently held a successful opening with live music on the verandah, food and drinks to celebrate the opening of the art space.

It was so successful, people kept pouring in the doors, said Linda enthusiastically.

For Clare, her first exhibition it was a great success with many works sold. We are proud that Cawongla Art Studio is now a lovely space for locals and passers by to enjoy.

The four artists, Yvonne Preston, Linda Frylink Anderson, Janette Faircloth and Clare Ennew use a mixture of mediums from lithographs, painting and mixed media to mosaics. The Cawongla Art Studio open Tuesdays 9-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm.

They have also started a fortnightly drawing workshop from 10-12 at a cost of $10, the next class is on Tuesday October 24. Mosaic and painting workshops are also being planned for 2018.

Drop in and support your local artists or find out more by calling Linda on 0402 330244 or checking out their website here

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07:21

Meet some new friends at Brunswick Housie Local News Echonetdaily

Having fun at the Brunswick Heads Housie. Photo supplied.

Having fun at the Brunswick Heads Housie. Photo supplied.

It almost died last year after 60 years but the Brunswick Heads Housie tent, that has raised for thousands for local charities and events, was saved last year. Spearheaded by the Ocean Shores Preschool around 80 people came forward to help run the annual Housie game over the six week summer holidays, however, it still needs your help to keep going.

We need a minimum of 65 volunteers to run the House tent over the summer holidays, said co-ordinator Jane Saunders.

We currently have 30 volunteers that have committed to doing three or more nights over the six weeks that it runs.

Last year the Housie tent raised money towards Ocean Shores Preschool, the inaugural Guilty Pleasures Cabaret Festival and the Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad.

A lot of people who volunteered last year said they just hadnt realised how much fun it would be, continued Jane.

They also said that it was a great chance to meet people in the community they hadnt met before.

The 2017/18 Housie will raise funds to build a wheelchair and pram accessible tree house in Ocean Shores Waterlily Park and they are looking for other groups who can benefit from the funds raised.

We are encouraging groups who are interested in raising funds via the 2017 House season to get in contact and  discuss getting involved.

They need to reach a minimum of 65 volunteers by the end of October if the event is to go ahead again this year. If you have a few spare evenings and would like to meet people in your community then sign up here, contact the Brunswick House Facebook page or 0409 059 118 for further details.

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07:20

Hollys The Book of Wonder hits Mullum bookshop Local News Echonetdaily

Holly English with her new self-published comic book The Book of Wonder. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Holly English with her new self-published comic book The Book of Wonder. Photo Hans Lovejoy

A comic-art collection of short stories, funny anecdotes and heartfelt drawings by local artist Holly English is now available at The Bookshop Mullumbimby.

In The Book of Wonder, Holly uses a variety of mediums including instax film, oil pastels and traditional inks to explore various themes from pseudo-spiritual practice to lifes simple yet miraculous moments.

She says, One of the topics in the book is on ageing why is it that women need to look 25 even when they are 50? The global obsession with beauty and youth is a result of our narcissistic culture, a product of a capitalist world that sustains multibillion-dollar anti-ageing beauty and fashion industries.

She says she knows women who get work done, ie botox, fillers, lifts, laser treatments and implants.

They say they dont get work done and that they are youthful looking because of their wellness lifestyle. Its just not true! And the rest of us get to feel like crap coz our juice fasting is just not cutting it, she laughs.

Her previous self-published comic, Byron Bay, A Time And Place, is also available at the bookshop and is about Byron Bay in the early 90s.

I arrived as a teenager and fell in love with the small alternative beachside town.

But rich city folk have bought up the town. They renovate old homes and holiday-let to other rich city folk. Its a shame people who grew up here cant afford to live here any more. Some people say its ruined but it is still a magical place and still my magical home.

Holly says her passion for comics began when she discovered the comic scene while living in San Francisco.

The books can also be...

07:08

School zones news flash: Heftier fines apply Local News Echonetdaily

Students from Durrumbul and Wilsons Creek Public Schools working together as part of the peer tutoring in robotics. Photo supplied.

Students from Durrumbul and Wilsons Creek Public Schools working together as part of the peer tutoring in robotics. Photo supplied.

Motorists are reminded that school has gone back and 40km/h speed limits apply in all school zones from 8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm on school days.

Parents and carers dropping children off and picking them up are asked to follow the parking rules in school zones to ensure the safety of their children and others.

Always park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres, such as u-turns and three-point turns, said Tweed Council road Safety officer Alana Brooks.

The rules are in place to ensure the safety of children who are vulnerable road users because they are small and harder to see and can behave unpredictably on the road, said Ms Brooks.

Driving slowly in school zones allows motorists extra time to respond if a child does run out on to the road.

Drivers may not be aware that tougher penalties apply for parking and speeding offences within a school zone. 

A speeding ticket for travelling 12km/h over the limit (that is, 52km/h) will cost you $346 and up to five demerit points and a parking ticket will cost you $330 and two demerit points.

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06:57

BBFF 2017s Canadian Showcase Byron Bay Blog

A decade of artistic connection between Byron Bay Film Festival and the Canadian filmmaking community has this year been formalised into a showcase program called Creative Canada.

Highlighting the best of Canadian culture from across the country in film, music and the emerging realities mediums Creative Canada is based on our nations common circumstances and a shared cultural response to them.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

The story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Amplify Her
Amplify HER explores these rising stars and more as they come-of-age amidst the emerging cultural renaissance of the feminine.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Journeys to Adka
Seven indigenous artists who look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Miyubi
The worlds first long-form scripted VR comedy from Montreals VR Legendary Felix and Paul Studios.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

A Selection of Shorts From Across The Country
Howl is also every womans story a poetic journey of woman returning back to her power and wildness in the forest, and finding her voice. She must turn inward, tune in and listen for her Wild Woman to speak.

Alice Ayalik and I Am From Kugluktuk are companion pieces from young people in the Nunavut region, north of Canada, staking their claim to their traditional identities, and inviting us in to befriend them.

Tone is a hypnotic dance of transformation in a metaphorical forest from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, recalling the regions traditional rituals.

Learn more at bbff.com.au

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04:05

The new Abbott Manifesto is now online North Coast Voices


http://tonyabbott.com.au/, snapshot taken 11 October 2017

Let's Make Australia Work Again

"We need to give the public something to hope for; we need to give our own people something to fight for." - Tony Abbott

A plan to win the next election

Fix the Parliament. Reform the senate make it a house o...

02:39

Pollie dripping venom at taxpayers' expense North Coast Voices


Federal Labor MP for Melbourne Ports since 1998 Michael Danby may have let his website www.nolibirandeal.com lapse on 14 September 2017, however his venom is still dripping at taxpayers expense and is now pointedly directed at an ABC journalist.

Australian Jewish News, via Twitter, 1 October 2017, half-page advertisement

Australian Jewish News, 5 October 2017, half-page advertisement


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00:15

Facebook Inc continues to test the world's patience when it comes to privacy issues and US patience in relation to taxation matters North Coast Voices


Worldwide Facebook Inc is estimated to have 2.01 billion monthly active users, with est. 1.7 billion of these users living outside of the USA and Canada.

Australian users comprised 17 million of these account holders in August 2017 - 12 million logging in daily.

In pursuit of profit this social media company is a ruthless data miner collecting and collating information about every available aspect of the lives of all holders of Facebook accounts.

A fact that makes this companys users a target of US federal government mass surveillance.

Given that Facebook Inc created a holding company Facebook Ireland Ltd in the low-taxing Republic of Ireland and it is this company which appears to legally possess the data of those est.1.7 billion users, it now finds itself before European Union courts.

Privacy activist @maxschrems, 3 October 2017:

Facebook operates its international business outside of the United States and Canada via a separate company in Ireland called Facebook Ireland Ltd. 85.9% of all worldwide Facebook users (everyone except USA and Canada) are managed in Dublin (Link), which is understood to be part of Facebooks tax avoidance scheme.

Facebook currently sends all user data to its parent company, Facebook Inc. in the United States for processing. European law (Article...

Tuesday, 10 October

19:58

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 7:58pm

Coffs Harbour is defined by the NSW Government's 2036 North Coast Regional Plan as a regional city and it does home a Southern Cross University campus.

But would you consider Coffs a university city?

12:05

Get Up! call to action this Saturday Local News Echonetdaily

downloadCommunity action and power of the people is the force behind Get Up! and local retired Doctor Liz Elliott headed down to the first Get Up! Conference held in Sydney in September to find out more.

The purpose of the conference was to scale up action groups around Australian electorates, and Richmonds first meet will be on the October 14 at the Mullum Commons, 91 Main Arm Roa, Mullumbimby at 3pm, said Doctor Elliott.

The stated aim of Get Up! is to organise people power to overturn money power, the self-serving corporations that have strangled our democracy, increasing inequality and ravaging our environment and climate.

The conference was addressed by Bernie Sanders vis Skype who said that change always comes from below.

Sally McManus, head of the ACTU, spoke in person, with a quiet, impressive delivery starting with the words Neo-Liberalism is over, proven now to drive workers lives into financial stress, and the environment into near collapse, continued Doctor Elliott.

The success of ousting Andrew Nikolic from his electorate in Bas Tasmania with a 10 per cent swing against him highlights the effective work that Get Up! Have achieved in the past.

The whole conference was a model of, dare-one-say-it, corporate skill in intent and organisation. It was an inspiring clarion call to action and a lot of practical techniques were shared on how to make positive change happen. Lets hope the Richmond group will identify with one or more of Get Up!s campaigns and use Get Up!s excellent tools to make a real difference.

Head down to the meeting this Saturday or contact the Richmond group via the Get Up! website, email takeaction@getup.com.au or phone Lucy 0497781002.

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11:24

Poets launch free book exchange Local News Echonetdaily

Steve Hord, Mark Watson, Robert Gibson and Sumari Geitz at the opening of the community free book exchange and poetry installation at Santos in Mullumbimby. Photo Jeff 'leaves of grass' Dawson.

Steve Hord, Mark Watson, Robert Gibson and Sumari Geitz at the opening of the community free book exchange and poetry installation at Santos in Mullumbimby. Photo Jeff leaves of grass Dawson.

The winners of the ballad of beauty poetry competition celebrating why both visitors and locals treasure this land of Byron Shire were announced and the first community mini-library and free book exchange was launched at Santos in Mullumbimby this morning. The poems have been put up as a permanent installation in the windows at Santos Organics in Mullumbimby above the new book exchange. The competition was sponsored jointly by The Echo, Santos Organics and Bay FM. 

It has been really nice for us to engage with the community to create the feel and look of the store, said Paul Crebar, communications and events manager at Santos Organics.

First prize for the 30+ category went to Mark Watson from Billinudgel who wrote his poem at 2am in the morning.

I was over the moon at winning, said Mark.

I suffer from Aspergers syndrome. When you have this you have severe anxiety and I use writing poetry to eliminate the chatter in my mind. I find it a wonderful tool to control anxiety and quieten the mind.

Sumari Geitz cutting the ribbon outside Santos Organics in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

Sumari Geitz cutting the ribbon outside Santos Organics in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

The red ribbon to open the library...

10:48

Woman hit by car outside Byron police station Local News Echonetdaily

A woman was hit by a car outside the Byron Bay police station last night, Monday October 9, at around 7.30pm.

There was a woman on the ground and a car pulled over to the side with a smashed windscreen and a man looking very shocked standing with the police, said one witness.

The woman was taken to Byron Bay hospital by ambulance and was quickly released.

Byron Bay police have said no charges have been laid and it was the pedestrian that was at fault.

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10:25

Flood damage repairs finally start in Tweed Local News Echonetdaily

Work is finally about to start on road and bridges damaged during the March 31 floods in Tweed Shire. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Work is finally about to start on road and bridges damaged during the March 31 floods in Tweed Shire. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has awarded a large package of flood remediation works in its first round of minor to medium-sized jobs to restore roads and bridges damaged in the 31 March flood.

The tender has gone to contractor Queensland-based contractors G & R Brown & Sons Pty Ltd.

A council spokesperson says that three more packages will be released to a preferred panel of six contracting companies for quoting and be awarded over the next three to four months.

It could then take between six and nine months for the contractors to complete works, weather and site conditions permitting.

Council has bundled the jobs in geographic areas to minimise travel times between jobs and maximise on-the-ground efficiencies, the spokesperson said.

The first package centres on Carool, Crystal Creek and Upper Crystal Creek, Bilambil, Dulguigan, Dungay, Duroby and Upper Duroby, Glengarrie, Nobbys Creek, Tomewin, Tumbulgum and North Tumbulgum.

It involves work to rectify more than 100 damaged items and is worth about $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, more than 50 major reconstruction jobs are in various stages of investigation and design.

The council says it is is engaging extra contractor resources to get these jobs shovel-ready. Still, these jobs, which account for the bulk of the repair bill at about $16 million, are not expected to start before the end of the year and will take more than two years to complete.

Flood restoration coordinator Nigel Dobson said that while it has taken six months to get to this point, with a preferred contractor panel in place and work bundled into packages, residents should see a lot more activity shortly and the speed of road and bridge repairs will ramp up.

The council estimates the flood caused approximately $27 million of damage to roads and bridges, of which 900 minor road and bridge damaged items have been repaired at a cost of $5.2 million.

It expects to recover $18.3 million of its roads bill through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance (NDRRA) and grant...

09:40

Free support for substance abuse and use Local News Echonetdaily

drugs-alcohol-addictionIf you, a family member or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or use The Buttery will be running a free eight week group in Mullumbimby from Thursday 19 October, 1012.30pm.

This is a group aimed at getting more understanding of substance abuse and understanding how it might be useful to respond, said Lily Schmelzle Family Support Worker at The Buttery.

This differs from family to family so there are never any right answers.

Lily will be running the group with two other Buttery workers through a strength based approach to understanding addiction and managing self-care.

Part of the process of the group will also be to have a place to debrief and share but also for all members to take what is useful at the moment and get support from others stories knowing that they are not alone in what they are dealing with.

For more information or to book into the course call 0408910498 or 0427993419.

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09:26

Large fine for illegal logging Local News Echonetdaily

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

Five mature Tallowood trees were illegally cleared in Main Arm near Mullumbimby. The owner has received a $15,000 fine. 

A fine of $15,000 has been issued to a landowner in Main Arm, near Mullumbimby, for cutting down five mature Tallowood trees on their property. The Tallowood trees were koala feed trees and Byron Shire Council had received a number of complaints about the removal of trees at the property at Main Arm.

Shannon Burt, Byron Shire Councils Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, said Staff investigated and found the removal of the trees was illegal and Council then took legal action against the land owner under the NSW Planning and Environment Act.

Council, and our community, takes very seriously, the destruction of trees, especially those that are known food sources for koalas, she said.

Penalty Notices totalling $15,000 were given to the Main Arm resident highlighting his flagrant breach of the law and the seriousness of removing trees without Council permission, Ms Burt said.

Unfortunately this does not change the fact that five important native trees were cut down illegally but it does provide a level of satisfaction for local residents that this person has been fined for his actions, she said.

In a separate incident a person at Suffolk Park has been issued with a $3,000 Penalty Notice for pruning trees on a Byron Shire Council reserve.

It is not OK for people to prune trees on public land and this fine is a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated by Council or the community, Ms Burt said.

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08:23

53 unfilled health positions in local health district Local News Echonetdaily

NSW Labor has called on the Berejiklian government to explain how it is going to fill some 53 unfilled health and hospital jobs in the Northern NSW Local Health District, which covers the area from Grafton to the border.

Following the revelations, Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord called on the government to properly staff rural and regional health facilities.

As of October 6, there were 53  health and hospital vacancies within the Northern NSW Local Health District. This includes eight nurses across the local health district as well as 10 positions alone at Lismore Base Hospital.

The positions run the gamut from registered nurses, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, enrolled nurses, management staff, a pharmacist, maintenance staff, emergency and rehab doctors, a visiting medical officer and even a sexual assault forensic and medical specialist.

Mr Secord said the Berejiklian Government had continued to fail to attract highly skilled medical practitioners to the region and this compromised health care for rural and regional families.

It is unfair to patients and their families, but it is also unfair to hard working health and hospital staff in hospitals like the Tweed, Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Grafton, Casino, Maclean and Murwillumbah, he said.

These are very specialised positions and they provide specific health care such as the sexual assault forensic and medical officer. They cannot be simply filled by another health worker in an acting capacity.

Leaving these positions unfilled let down patients, but it also intensifies pressure on already overstretched staff.

The Berejiklian government is forcing rural and regional families to travel great distances to Brisbane and the Gold Coast because under this government, they do not have enough qualified and experienced specialist staff in their local communities to deal with their health needs, Mr Secord said.

 

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08:04

Man arrested in Kingscliff over multiple thefts and break-ins Local News Echonetdaily

A man has been charged with 45 offences relating to breaking and entering, stolen motor vehicles, and thefts on the Far North Coast.

Yesterday (Monday, October 9), police received reports of a stolen Kia Carnival in the Kingscliff area.

When police spotted the vehicle in Kingscliff lane, a 41-year-old man got out of the car and ran from police but was arrested a short time later.

A 36-year-old woman was arrested inside the vehicle.

During a search of the car police allegedly located a throwing knife, house breaking implements, numerous car keys believed to be stolen, stolen identification documents and drug paraphernalia.

The man and woman were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The man was charged with 45 offences relating to break and enters and property offences that occurred between June and October this year.

He was also found to have three outstanding warrants in Queensland.

He has been bail refused to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 10 October 2017).

The woman was charged with being carried in conveyance driven without consent of the owner. Her court date has not yet been set.

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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06:04

Lady Beatle starring Naomi Price Byron Bay Blog

A stroke of genius Fans of The Beatles will love the music, fans of cabaret will adore Prices energy and emotional range Australian Stage

Following her sell-out Adele show Rumour Has It last year, the incredible Naomi Price and her band return to NORPA at Lismore City Hall on 10 & 11 November with her new show Lady Beatle an exhilarating musical show about the real women who inspired The Beatles biggest chart toppers.

2017 Green Room Award winner Naomi Price takes the audience through The Beatles immortal catalogue with sparkling original arrangements, covering all the hits including Eleanor Rigby, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Here Comes the Sun, Yellow Submarine and more.

With an electrifying live band, psychedelic lighting and dazzling special effects, Lady Beatle delivers an exceptional night out for Beatles fans young and old.

Lady Beatle is the third and final pop culture cabaret in our planned trilogy, following Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball, Price said. This is certainly our most ambitious work to date.

Unlike predecessors Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball, centred on the lives of pop music icons Adele and Miley Cyrus respectively, Price said Lady Beatle wasnt a live Beatles biopic.

At no point will I take on the persona of any of the famous four, Price said. Instead, weve created an entirely original character, whos perhaps The Beatles biggest fan, or maybe something different completely.

Price says the production provides audiences with the opportunity to rediscover The Beatles incomparable catalogue as new, channeled through a sole female voice.

The Beatles music is so instantly recognisable and iconic, and every man, woman and child seems to know the biggest hits word-for-word, Price said.

But far less known are the individual remarkable stories behind the hits from the five-year-old preschooler who inspired Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds to 17-year-old runaway Melanie Coe to whom Shes Leaving Home is attributed.

This show was born from these real-life stories of seemingly ordinary women who are forever im...

00:16

National ID Database: so you think if you do nothing wrong you'll have nothing to fear? North Coast Voices


There is also a tendency for technologies to converge, allowing for the creation of devices with increased surveillance capabilities. CCTV, for example, may be combined with facial recognition technology.to identify individuals from their images. Another example is modern mobile phones, which combine telephonic services with GPS tracking software, digital visual and sound recording capabilities, and connection to the internet. A consequence of the convergence of surveillance technologies is the greater ability of surveillance users to compile detailed pictures of members of the public, making it increasingly difficult for individuals to maintain their privacy and anonymity. [Victorian Law Reform Commission Surveillance in Public Places: Final Report 18, 2010

This month the Turnbull Government, state and territory governments have agreed to add the photo IDs of all registered drivers to the Facial Biometric Matching Capability (FBMC) database (est. 16 November 2016) which already has access to passport photograp...

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Trump administration seeking information on thousands of people who interacted with anti-Trump Facebook page North Coast Voices


CNN Politics, 29 September 2017:

Washington (CNN)Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described by their attorneys as "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies.".

These warrants were first reported by LawNewz.com.

Facebook has not responded to a request for comment about whether it has, or plans to, comply with the search warrants.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing the three Facebook users, filed a motion to quash the warrants Thursday.

"What is particularly chilling about these warrants is that anti-administration political activists are going to have their political associations and views scrutinized by the very administration they are protesting," said ACLU attorney Scott Michelman.

Facebook was initially served the warrants in February 2017 along with a gag order which barred the social media company from alerting the three users that the government was seeking their private information, Michelman said. However, Michelman says that government attorneys dro...

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