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The Echo contacted Michael Hodgkinson who said he was unable to comment due to a gag-order placed on him by the Gardner head office. He did say, however, that they are assessing the companyâ€™s position and would be doing no further construction until they had established whether they were still solvent. He agreed to speak with The Echo when the gag order is lifted. Glen Eagles has not responded to several messages and requests for an interview. The Ballina office contact numbers have been disconnected.
Frustration surrounding the defunct Ballina franchise of GJ Gardner deepens this week as The Echo learns of unpaid bills to subcontractors, exemployees and customers. It is estimated that $500,000 is owed by C and E Structures whose franchise was recently terminated by the state-wide GJ Gardner office. With their builderâ€™s licence recently expired, further trading by C and E Structures is in serious doubt. Additionally, GJ Gardner head-office has told The Echo that they were Employee conflict misled the whole time, and are owed Some of the worst affected have been perhaps the largest sum of unpaid ex-employees of the company. Ms Jenmonies. na Munro-Argent was C and E Structureâ€™s new-homes salesperson for two Whoâ€™s in charge? years. â€˜I began as a full-time employee While Mr Glen Eagles is commonly but after a year and half they made me a thought of as the manager, an ASIC contractor on a commission-only basis. â€˜I completed my last sale three company search has shown that Michael Hodgkinson is the sole director and sec- months before giving birth to my secretary of C and E Structures and a 50 ond child and was owed $48,000 in per cent share holder. The remaining outstanding commissions,â€™ she says, â€˜Six weeks after I left they told me shares are held by Jacqueline Cannon, that I had misquoted on jobs and cost believed to be Mr Glen Eaglesâ€™s wife. them thousands, and they wouldnâ€™t be â€˜Whatever the books say, he (Mr Ea- paying my commissions.â€™ gles) was the one with the chequebook,â€™ Ms Munro-Argent has since unsays an ex-employee of the company. continued on page 5
Marketeers Rebecca Rali, Adelaide Friday, Jupiter and Sean de Hora celebrate their temporary win for the artisan night markets to operate in Railway Park, Byron Bay, over summer. Byron market and Community Centre manager Paul Spooner told The Echo, â€˜Sanity, some decent legal advice and a dose of good Council democracy have ensured that the market lives for another year. Congratulations to Cr Simon Richardson for having the foresight to press on and make this happen.â€™ The market will kick off on Saturday October 1 and run through to Easter next year, every Saturday from 5 to 9pm. The Byron Main Beach markets that are held over Christmas are still to be decided. â€˜Weâ€™ll know once we put the application in,â€™ Mr Spooner said. Photo Eve Jeffery.
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Council letter threatens Buck$ resident
The Echo erred last week in stating that a shopping centre was part of the residential subdivision proposal for Bayside Brunswick Heads. The application by Codlea P/L is for 175 residential lots and parkland. The reference to a shopping centre was part of an historical document held on the majorprojects.planning. nsw.gov.au website. The application, which is being considered under the repealed Part3A legislation, is on exhibition until October 31 at Byron Shire Councilâ€™s Mullumbimby office, Byron Bay library and at the major projects website.
Council compliance staff have threatened an alleged tenant of John Anderson, aka Fast Buck$, with legal action unless he provides detailed information and/or records of his tenancy. The extraordinary move comes after Council staff, assisted by police, executed a search warrant on Mr Andersonâ€™s Coorabell property for unapproved dwellings last week. A four-page letter sent by compliance officer David Murray on July 27 claims that, â€˜Council has obtained information that indicates the above premises are being
a complete abuse of power. â€˜This reminds me of Nazi Gestapo,â€™ he told The Echo. â€˜They have no evidence of my tenancy â€“Â I am completely innocent and cannot provide the information they request because I honestly donâ€™t know.â€™ Now forced to seek legal advice, he says he can ill afford the time and expenses of defending himself. â€˜Council staff are ganging up on tenants â€“ everyone who pays rent in the Shire should be asking themselves Nazi Gestapo if they will be next.â€™ While acknowledging that Mr AnThe alleged tenant, however, has told The Echo that it is Council staff derson is a thorn in Councilâ€™s side, that should be investigated, calling it he claims that his predicament is a
used without development consent.â€™ It also says, â€˜Council has formed the opinion that [name omitted] is a tenant and/or occupier on the premises,â€™ and that Council is, â€˜undertaking an investigationâ€™. The most recent letter sent this week says, â€˜Council contends that you have not provided a reasonable excuseâ€Ś Council will consider commencement of enforcement action including a court attendance notice.â€™
completely different issue. â€˜Why donâ€™t Council staff go after unregulated holiday letting? I canâ€™t afford to live in Byron because of holiday letting,â€™ he says. â€˜Most of the owners of these properties donâ€™t even live in the Shire.â€™
Councillors not informed of compliance activity When The Echo asked mayor Jan Barham if councillors are advised of the activity of compliance officers, she said of this case, â€˜It is deemed operational â€“ ie a staff matter, as when there are legal breaches, complaints continued on page 2
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Vale Michael Malloy, â€˜mayorâ€™ of Bangalow The man they called â€˜Mr Bangalowâ€™ and even â€˜The Mayor of Bangalowâ€™ has died over the weekend of cancer. Michael Malloy has been a community builder for more than 20 years in Byron Shire and was involved in almost every committee and community group in Bangalow. Most recently he oversaw the upgrade of the townâ€™s historic A&I hall, but Michael was also involved in everything from the Christmas Eve Carnival and the Bangalow Music Festival to the Rugby Club, the Billy Cart Derby and the Bangalow Pool Trust. Just over a month ago Michael was awarded the prestigious Premierâ€™s Community Service Award for his outstanding service to the local community, which was presented to him by Ballina MP Don Page. Michael gave an interview to
The Echoâ€™s Victoria Cosford in February this year. As a former speechwriter for Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke, he described his move to Byron Shire. â€˜â€ŚI was made the Head of Cabinet Secretary within the
PMâ€™s department so I spent my life attending Cabinet meetings. â€˜It was a surreal experience because you were dealing with things before they had happened. I was only in my early 30s, one of the youngest people ever to be promoted to
senior executive service in the Department. But Iâ€™d be sitting in the Cabinet room watching hundreds of millions of dollars being traded across the table and wondering what was happening in the real world â€“ so several years later I participated in a program called Interchange, which brought me up here to work with the Byron Council. â€˜Iâ€™d been briefly to Byron, and had been captivated by the environment, the people, the way of life. â€˜It was only an 18-month stint and I came back to Canberra. And then my parents died suddenly, within six months of each other, and I had to reassess my life. â€˜I was an only child â€“ but while I had had a good life in Canberra I didnâ€™t want to be there for the next 30 years. So I decided to leave government and move up here.â€™
Shire and also owns the Murwillumbah industrial estate, among other properties. Bunnings says it plans to invest more than $11 million to develop, fitout and stock the new store, which will be tailored specifically for the local market. The significantly smaller building will â€˜ensure compatibility with the surrounding landscape and the
wider Byron Bay community,â€™ says the press release. Peter Davis, Bunningsâ€™ Chief operating officer said, â€˜Bunningsâ€™ proposed investment in the Byron Bay area will provide more than 40 new positions in the Bunnings team and a further 60 jobs during the construction phase.â€™ He added that Bunnings is committed to working toward carbon-
neutral growth and long-term footprint reduction, â€˜and in keeping with this, the proposed Bunnings store will feature a number of energy- and water-saving design features.â€™ If approved it will open in late 2012. Bunningsâ€™ parent company is Wesfarmers. Between Wesfarmers and Woolworths, they control more than 80 per cent of Australiaâ€™s food market.
Long-serving community member Michael Malloy passed away this weekend. Photo taken in February by Jeff Dawson
Byron Bay Bunnings on the table
A Byron Bay Bunnings store has been proposed for the Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate, on the corner of Bayshore Drive and Grevillea Street, Byron Bay. An application has been lodged with Byron Shire Council for a smaller-format Bunnings store, and will be led by developer Peter Mitchell. The Echo understands Mr Mitchell lives just north of the
Wooyung development heads to court Steve Spencer
A developer seeking to reactivate a 23-year-old planning permission passed under dubious circumstances is threatening to take Tweed Shire Council to court. Tweed Council has said it will fund a defence in the Land and
Environment Court of its opposition to the development, which involves at least 300 holiday units at Wooyung, along with the construction of a lake containing three islands. Council staff this week asked councillors to order the legal defence of the Land and Environment Court action, launched
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by Wooyung Properties Pty Ltd against the councilâ€™s refusal to support the project, just south of the Wooyung Caravan Park. Councillors voted unanimously to defend the legal action with Greens councillor Katie Milne saying it was unfortunate Council was being taken to court once again â€˜by a developer who didnâ€™t want to waitâ€™. â€˜This puts another burden on ratepayers. It is a very complicated construction certificate and would take a lot of time.â€™ A Melbourne-based syndicate, Wooyung Property Group,Â bought the 80ha oceanfront property between Wooyung and South Golden Beach in 2008 for $17 million. The Wooyung Action Group was formed in the wake of a dodgy development approval by Tweed Council in 1988. Council gave consent for an upmarket Club Med-style resort amid corruption allegations, but three years later the council moved to kill off the project by declaring the consents had lapsed and environmental controls were inadequate. But in 2006 the project unexpectedly reared up again when new owners,Â Samtay Pty Ltd,Â seemingly hit the jackpot after winning a landmark court case allowing it to reactivate theÂ then 18-year-oldÂ development consent for what was de-
scribed as a â€˜destination resortâ€™. The original approval gave the green light for 300 tourist units (the developer claims 500 units) on islands created on a 15ha man-made lake and a nine-hole golf course on the flood-prone site contaminated by high levels of acid-sulphate soils. But when Samtay tried to push ahead with the project it was slammed by then planning minister Frank Sartor, describing it as â€˜greedyâ€™ and a â€˜dog of a developmentâ€™.
Greedy, says Sartor Mr Sartor also shared community concerns about creating an artificial lake between two nature reserves, which contained class two and three acid sulphate soils and state significant wetlands. Environmentalists predict an environmental disaster and flood and contamination problems along the Mooball Creekâ€“ Billinudgel catchment area if the project went ahead. Byron Shire Council is also opposed to the development because it will aggravate flooding problems at South Golden Beach and Ocean Shores. From late 2010 to the middle of this year the developer canvassed an alternative project, involving the rezoning and subdivision of the property so it could build 25 large homes, mostly on beachfront dunal land. www.echo.net.au
New chamber of commerce president Restaurateur Paul Waters will be replacing Sevegne Newton as president of Byronâ€™s business chamber of commerce, Byron United (BU). The new appointment comes after Ms Newtonâ€™s resignation last week. Mr Waters has been a board member since 2009 and has managed the Balcony Bar & Restaurant for the past four years. As an active BU board member, he has contributed to the Byron Naturally project, as well as making inroads getting rid of graffiti this year, along with a team of
volunteers and some help from Council Works Depot. Ms Newton said in her last BU newsletter she will concentrate on the Byron Naturally campaign as voluntary campaign director, which now moves into its second year. As a board member for over five years, Ms Newton says, â€˜itâ€™s time to move in another direction.â€™ Along with vice-president Ed Ahern and fellow board members, Paul says he wants to develop a better working relationship with Byron Shire New Byron United president, Paul Waters. Photo Eve Jeffery councillors and Council staff.
Council compliance threatens resident with legal action Continued from front page
or reports of risk, there is legislation and policy to follow.â€™ Mayor Barham did say, however, she was aware â€˜that there have been difficulties with obtaining consent from the owner for staff to inspect the property.â€™ She added she has written to Mr Anderson, and has â€˜many times suggested that his best course of action is to meet with staff to discuss the matters. â€˜I am concerned that it appears there are significant resources of Council being directed to one compliance matter.â€™ Cr Basil Cameron, when asked about Councillors knowledge of staff warrants and compliance matters, responded, â€˜Council reviews compliance priorities annually. â€˜Unauthorised developments that increase the risk of harm to others by fire, effluent disposal, construction, etc will attract a higher level of attention and action from compliance staff. â€˜Councillors are aware of major investigations and can seek information at any time, but do not intervene in the operational aspects of investigations.â€™ Council staff declined to
comment on the letter as it is â€˜between Council and the tenant,â€™ however the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EPA) â€“ specifically section 118B â€“ was quoted as a legal basis to demand information of the personal living arrangements of the alleged tenant. Under â€˜Inspections and in-
inspection or investigation.â€™ â€™ The alleged tenant told The Echo that he is happy with his place of residence. â€˜We like it here. There are smoke alarms, electricity, septic, kitchens. We recycle and the tank water is clean. â€˜Council staff told me when they inspected last week that
Three warrants in the last year Byron Shire Council governance manager Ralph James told The Echo in the past year Council obtained three search warrants. â€˜A search warrant to enter a property is a last resort and requires sufficient evidence to be provided to the Court prior to the warrant being issued. â€˜Council can only enter a property with the ownerâ€™s or occupierâ€™s consent or under
certain legislative powers. â€˜If entry is refused, Council officers cannot enter the property and a search warrant needs to be obtained.â€™ Mr James said in the past year 92 inspections were undertaken by Council compliance officers, with the overwhelming majority of property owners and occupiers giving consent to enter the property.
vestigations,â€™ the Act states: â€˜For the purpose of enabling a council to exercise the councilâ€™s functions, a person authorised to enter premises under this Division may: d) Require any person at those premises to answer questions or otherwise furnish information in relation to the matter the subject of the
they are protecting us from possible environmental issues. â€˜Itâ€™s absolute bollocks.â€™ While the alleged tenant weighs up a lengthy and potentially expensive legal battle, Council staff appear to be to compiling a case against Mr Anderson. The Echo asked Mr An-
derson about the ironic nature of berating council over regulations and procedures following the recent raid for unapproved dwellings on his property. He said, â€˜As an individual I donâ€™t claim to be innocent of â€œvictimless crimesâ€?.â€™ He also added, â€˜I feel like a bit like Jesus Christ â€“paying for the sins of others and picked on by the establishment for being the bearer of unwelcome critisisms.â€™ In an act of theatrical defiance, Mr Anderson burst through the doors of last weekâ€™s council meeting holding garden pickets and threw them dramatically to the ground. He bellowed, â€˜Iâ€™ve got enough rubbish at my house, Faulkner!â€™ After storming the room, Councillors and staff resumed their discussion as if nothing had happened. His comment was in reference to the pickets left behind at his property that the compliance staff used to conduct the inspection, and that to Mr Andersonâ€™s belief that GM Graeme Faulkner approved the inspection. It could have come straight out of a Monty Python script.
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Ballina’s GJ Gardner collapse leaves trail of debt continued from front page
dergone a 15-month legal ordeal attempting to recover the funds. C and E Structures has counter-claimed for over $100,000. Ms Munro-Argent says she was relying on funds to raise her young children. Another ex-employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he is owed both wages and superannuation.
Unpaid tradespeople ‘Tradesmen were owed so much that they couldn’t afford to stop working for them because there’d be even less chance of getting paid,’ said one source. John Russell of Northern Rivers Fascia and Guttering says he is owed $55,000. ‘At one stage they owed us $120,000 but they paid some of it back. They called an unofficial creditors’ meeting last Wednesday and said they had no money. They asked us to help them trade out of it, but that would mean more debt. There’s been a lot of broken promises already,’ he said. Wiggins Scaffolding and Tony Durheim of Durheim Painters also told The Echo that they believe they are owed a substantial amount of money. Plumber Mick Offley says, ‘About six months ago I got the feeling that they were going to go bust, so I started doing less
work for them, but they still owe me over $20,000. They’re always telling the tradesmen they’re going to pay, or that they made the payment, but they hadn’t. I’m very disappointed, but I suppose it’s all the usual things people do when they’re about to go broke,’ he says. ‘I’ll be surprised if I’ll see the money.’
Ex-sales managers speak of experience Greg and Kim Dutch contracted the company to build their dream home in Suffolk Park in 2008. ‘Our ninemonth build period blew out to 14 months. Tradespeople weren’t turning up and eventually we demanded an answer,’ says Mrs Dutch. ‘The company revealed that they had cash-flow problems, and asked us for assistance as we had a background in marketing, administration and training,’ she said. Taking on roles in October 2009 gave the couple an inside look at the company’s workings. ‘The company was in extreme debt in December 2009, and Gardner’s head office was called in in January 2010. ‘At the last minute Glen’s family refinanced the business. Head office requested that we retain our roles as sales and
marketing managers, and for a few months it was going better. Then the circus started up again; customers coming to us saying that tradespeople weren’t turning up, clients asking to come out to witness the shoddy work, subcontractors not getting paid, employees in tears because they were driving unregistered company cars and were scared of having an accident… By August 2010 I said to my husband, “We can’t keep selling this product knowing what customers are going to go through. We’ve got to get out of here”.’ Mrs Dutch states that they were paid commissions on completed sales, but that $100,000 is still owing in outgoings and wages.
Complained to Garnder head office Another home-owner who prefers to remain anonymous shares his story. ‘The build was a nightmare. I had to buy materials myself… in the end it got built to a decent standard. ‘That’s not my problem. My problem is the way they were treating their tradesmen. Some of them hadn’t been paid for four months. This is over two years ago. I complained to head office and told them what was going on. I think they’ve got a lot to answer for letting it go on so long.’
ner announced that C and E Structures would be allowed to complete the homes it had under contract. However, in the week that followed, ‘it became apparent that they would be unable to do so. We began working intensively with the NSW government to ensure a rapid handover to the Tweed Heads office to complete the jobs,’ said Mr Blamey.
Gardner head office responds Jarrod Blamey, managing director of Gardner’s head office in NSW, admits receiving ‘many complaints about the service and build quality of the Ballina office,’ in the years before the termination. He also admitted knowing that they were in court a lot. ‘We accepted their assurances that they were working on it,’ he said. In addition to complaints from customers and debts to suppliers and tradespeople, the Department of Fair Trading confirms that C and E Structures had three Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT) orders made against it in 2010. All were complied with. Asked why C and E Structures was allowed to remain as a Gardner franchisee for so long, Mr Blamey said, ‘We monitor finances through our system, but the information they entered into the system was incorrect. They misled us the whole time.’ He also commented that C and E Structures, ‘had been refinanced in the past and they said they could do it again’. He believes Gardner is C and E Structure’s largest debtor owing them well over $100,000. Upon terminating the franchise on September 12, Gard-
Tweed office to pick up the pieces Peter Leotta, managing director in Tweed told The Echo Wednesday, ‘This has all happened in the last 24 hours, and tomorrow we’ll be starting a round of inspections in the Ballina area to see what stages the houses are at. We’ve got to cut through a mountain of red tape, but the most important thing for head office and for us is to get those houses built as quickly as possible.’ Mr Leotta took pains to emphasise that while Tweed and Ballina both flew under the GJ Gardner banner, they are separate entities. ‘We’re financially sound. Our office has been around for eight years and has built over 250 homes,’ he says. This is not without precedent in the Gardner Group. Gardner’s Grafton franchise
stepped into the breach when the Coffs Harbour branch collapsed in June.
Grafton franchise steps in for Coffs Grafton director Rick Fischer says ‘It’s gone well: four home owners chose to go with other builders and eleven stayed with us. A few are still caught up with insurance companies, three have already been completed, the rest are under construction.’ Mr Leotta says that in completing Ballina’s contracts he intends to continue offering work to local tradespeople. ‘I can’t comment on payment of arrears but we will be meeting with local tradespeople to offer them work going forward.’
Disclosure The author discloses that GJ Gardner Ballina recently completed a house for his parents Stan and Zetta. Some delays were experienced, but overall the build quality was excellent, albeit with constant supervision from Stan and a never-ending onsite supply of cookies and cakes from Zetta. The company employed quality staff and tradespeople on the job and the author was therefore positively disposed towards the company.
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Mandy gives birth to a book She commands a huge local and international readership, and now Mandy Nolanâ€™s satirical rampages will be a published book. â€˜What I Would Do If I Were You is a collection of short stories centred around my chaotic and slightly dysfunctional family life,â€™ says Mandy, â€˜and my thwarted attempts to be like the perfect ideal mother I know existsâ€ŚÂ somewhere.â€™ Mandy will perform at her book launch on October 13 with a gourmet breakfast show at Byron Beach After ten years of writing The Echoâ€™s weekly soapbox, Mandy Cafe, Clarkes Beach, Lawson Nolan has penned her first book, What I Would Do If I Were You. Street, from 9.30am. Photo Eve Jeffery.
New Tweed mayor elected Chris Dobney
Barry Longland has disproven the old adage â€˜always the bridesmaid, never the brideâ€™. Deputy mayor of Tweed Shire for two of the past three years, Cr Longland was elected mayor this week over his immediate predecessor and another former mayor. This brings to four the number of mayors the council has had in the four-year life of the
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Art melds with surfing at this yearâ€™s Byron Bay Surf Festival, with three art showsÂ planned for the event from October 21. On Friday October 21, Retrospect Galleries will host the Surf Culture Now art show with exhibiting artists from both Australia and overseas. On Saturday morning at
Byronâ€™s Top Shop, youâ€™ll find a photography exhibition of the surf genre with Justin Crawford, son of iconic surf photographer, the late Peter Crawford, surfing innovator and creator George Greenough and local surfing identity Matty Yates. On the Saturday afternoon at the Byron Bay YAC, the
stART me up youth artshow will be held. The purpose of â€˜stART me upâ€™ is to give new and emerging young artists between four and 18 years oldÂ a valuable and real opportunity to hang and expose their art. For more visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.
Lennox girl to represent at CHOGM A Lennox Head local will be part of the 30-strong Australian delegation representing young Australians at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in October. Kiri Dicker from Lennox Head has been selected to provide youth-related recommendations to Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM). â€˜This is a fantastic
opportunity for Kiri to represent not only Richmond but also our nation at an international forum,â€™ said local member Justine Elliot. The Commonwealth Youth Forum will run from 23 to 27 October in Fremantle during the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Perth
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A thousand wells bubbling in local gas pipeline Ray Moynihan
Opposition to coal-seam gas mining exploded this week at a well-attended public hearing of a state government inquiry, held in Alstonville. The following day, news emerged that the Metgasco company may ultimately drill a thousand or more wells as part of its plans to mine gas in the Casino and Lismore area. When asked about a report in the Sydney Morning Herald that the company had plans for ‘about 1,000’ production wells, a Metgasco spokesperson said the exact figure depended ‘on a variety of factors’, including the style of well, and he declined to confirm whether 1000 was an overestimate or underestimate. In a statement to The Echo Metgasco said, ‘When we apply for all of our production licences we will be in a position to provide a more precise figure,’ adding that a typical well only takes up to one or two per cent of a landowner’s property.
Environment versus economy The Kyogle Group Against Gas suggested last week that plans for a gas pipeline over the border to Queensland and a possible new export facility could require Metgasco to drill in excess of 1000 wells, which it argued ‘represents a grave
Public scrutiny surrounds Arrow Energy’s (owned by PetroChina and Shell) enthusiasm for establishing CSG in the Northern Rivers region. Photo Sharon Shostak
threat to our future’. The group was one of several which gave evidence to a parliamentary inquiry by the state’s upper house committee last week, attended by more than 100 people, almost all of whom opposed coal-seam gas mining. During evidence, representatives from Lismore, Kyogle and Tweed councils expressed serious concerns about the possible impacts of gas mining on the local water, environment and economy, including eco-tourism businesses and organic farming. In contrast Ballina Mayor Phillip Silver was open to the potential benefits of coal-seam gas mining, if safeguards could be established. Richmond Valley Council, which covers the area where Metgasco is planning to build
a big gas-fired power station, is understood to have made a submission to the inquiry also acknowledging the industry’s benefits. The hearing last Wednesday afternoon was full of politics and passion as the audience regularly offered enthusiastic applause to strong statements of opposition to gas mining, while state politicians from all parties probed the depth of local feeling. A psychologist gave evidence about growing anxiety around people’s relationship with the land, a Lynchs Creek farmer broke down in tears, and the dairy co-operative Norco expressed strong concerns about the potential effects of mining. Chair of the upper house inquiry, Shooters and Fishers party member Robert Brown, told The Echo the majority of
submissions were opposed to coal-seam gas mining in the Northern Rivers area, but as chair he could not offer his personal view. Deputy Chair Jeremy Buckingham – the Greens member who suggested the inquiry – told The Echo he believed this region ‘should be protected’ from coal-seam gas mining. At the same time the New South Wales peak environment body the Nature Conservation Council (NCC) is urging the state government to cancel more than five million hectares’ worth of exploration licences that have expired, until, ‘adequate safeguards are in place to protect local communities and the environment.’ According to the NCC, under current legislation coal-
seam gas exploration is allowed to continue in these areas, even though titles have expired. The state government currently has a limited moratorium until the end of the year on the franking process used with coal-seam gas, as it develops new frameworks for regulating the industry. The company which controls extensive permits covering the Byron Shire and beyond – Arrow Energy owned by PetroChina and Shell – will not be making a submission to the inquiry, and it referred The Echo to a general industry submission stressing the economic benefits for the state, and the environmental advantages of power based on gas rather than coal. Metgasco will give evidence at a later inquiry hearing in
Sydney, but in a statement managing director Peter Henderson said the coal seams the company wants to extract from are ‘deeper and separated from the higher-level aquifers from which water is currently drawn for agricultural purposes,’ and the company’s operation, ‘will not have a negative impact on groundwater.’
Byron Bay Library construction begins Construction commenced this week on the new Byron Bay Library. Council says the cost will be $3.75 million (excluding GST), and weather permitting, the new library will be completed by the end of 2012. For more visit www.byron. nsw.gov.au/projects/byronbay-library.
Two arrested during Byron car park ‘gun purchase’ Officers from Operation Rival arrested two men, aged 20 and 23, in a car park on Jonson Street, Byron Bay at about 6.30pm last Tuesday. Police allege one man was in the process of selling a sawnoff shotgun and ammunition to the other at the time they were arrested. Operation Rival was established in August this year to investigate a spate of break-ins and firearm thefts around the Lismore area. Yesterday Queensland Police searched the 23-year-old’s
unit on High Street, Southport. Officers allegedly seized 15 ecstasy tablets, two vials of steroids, cannabis seeds and hydroponic equipment. New South Wales officers searched a home on Invercauld Road, Goonellabah, where they allege they discovered cannabis leaf, cannabis seeds, a suspected stolen black leather rifle case and other suspected stolen property. The 23-year-old man has been charged with selling a prohibited firearm, possessing
a shortened firearm, selling ammunition without a permit, and break, enter and steal. The 20-year-old man has been charged with buying a prohibited firearm, buying a firearm without a licence and buying ammunition without a permit. Both men were refused bail and appeared at Lismore Local Court yesterday. Investigators from Operation Rival expect to make further arrests and are continuing with their inquiries into the stolen firearms.
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The Byron Youth Activities Centre (YAC) has a new cafe and it’s open for business. Byron Youth Service showcased the creative education and employment partnerships for the Shire’s youth. Students Lauren, Amy, Sara and Hanuman, pictured front, are completing accredited training from the Cert II Hospitality package. Also pictured
is chef Daniel Lange and TAFE’s John Purcell who were on hand. Wollongbar TAFE offers the courses, with teachers provding classes in the new fully operational training kitchen. Guests were treated to tasty treats at the soiree and Cafe YAC plans to open on Wednesday afternoons from October 12 from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Everyone is invited to call in, meet the students and enjoy a cuppa, juice, smoothie or a sweet treat.
Headlining the Bellingen Global Carnival this year from September 30 are two legendary bands from New Orleans: Jon Cleary and The Philthy Phew and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The festival’s Ali Buckley says both are world-class acts renowned for their sheer soul and funky performances. ‘Australian acts on the bill include The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Mama Kin, Dubmarine and past producer for Roots Manuva, LOTEK. Classical and traditional flavours include virtuosos Slava Grigoryan and Joseph Tawdros with their Band of Brothers and Celtic band Sunas.’
Other entertainment includes theatrical dance production from internationally acclaimed Stalker theatre, combining acrobatics and stilts. For families, children 12 years and under are free. Activities include the children’s festival and mosaic, kite and lantern making for Sunday night’s big parade. The Indigenous People’s village encompasses Native America, Indigenous Australia and tribal women from Vanuatu with their amazing water music. Camping is available. For more information,visit www. globalcarnival.com or ring 02 6655 3024. Tickets are available on line and at the gate.
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A snap from the Centre’s earlier years: MP Don Page with kids
In the modern-day climate of corporate childcare, The Bangalow Community Children’s Centre is unique. It’s still community run with a management committee of volunteers. The non-profit organisation is now set to celebrate 30 years with a major fundraiser – 1981: Electric Bangalow at the A&I Hall on Saturday October 8. The centre’s director Kerry Ellbourn told The Echo, ‘The Bangalow Community Children’s Centre (BCCC) began
with a good foundation of belonging to the children, the family and the community. ‘Because of this, now 30 years forward, it has grown into a vibrant environment, rich in wonderful opportunities and open-ended possibilities. We are excited to celebrate this by going back to the year when we began and hope that the community and families that have been part of our amazing journey will join us to share in the fun!’ For more visit www.bangalowchildrenscentre.com.au.
Pictured is Momo Jojo with the Palestinian and Israeli flags from last Wednesday’s Byron Peace Party, which marked International Day of Peace. The evening featured world music from some of the region’s most diverse and accomplished musicians. ‘A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped set this day up,’ said co-organiser Harsha Prabhu, ‘especially Margeaux Marshall and the peace crew, Mike Mizzi for lights and Juan Salvador for help with the PA. Thanks to Byron Hire for providing the generator to power the event.’ Photo Harsha Prabhu.
Cam’s Swell sculpture snapped up
Hail hits Ballina, Coraki hospital A hail storm ripped through Ballina yesterday afternoon accompanied by lightning and massive thunderclaps. Some of the hailstones were almost the size of the golf balls of the ProAm golf match, which had to be called off. Hail blanketed the town
leaving it looking as if it had snowed.The SES responded to 83 calls for help, mostly for roof damage. At Coraki the hospital had to be evacuated as the result of a storm cell causing flooding. Patients were transferred to Casino Hospital.
Recycling competition winner Kelly Baber and boyfriend David Lucas has just won $300 for a recycling competition. ‘The New Brighton couple won because the only things in their bin were all recyclable,’ Kate Pye from Solo Resource Recovery said. ‘This includes paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminium and steel. The Recycling Competition was held by Solo Resource Recovery in Bangalow, who
aim to provide education for household and industrial recycling. Kate added a reminder: ‘Your recycling bin should not include plastic bags, garbage, garden waste, crockery or china, takeaway or margarine containers, mirror or plate glass, hoses or pipes, plastic furniture or Styrofoam.’ For more visit www.solo. com.au.
Young Brunswick Heads sculptor Cameron Jones turned some aeroplane propellor blades .from a junk heap into a work of art over the summer holidays. After submitting it to the recently held Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach, Cameron was thrilled when his artwork sold on the second day of the festival for $5,500. Photo Eve Jeffery.
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Is Julia or Kevin Tonyâ€™s best bet?
etâ€™s be absolutely clear about why the opposition is currently obVolume 26 #16 September 27, 2011 sessed with the prospect of a Kevin Rudd comeback: they â€“ and especially Tony Abbott â€“ are seriously scared that it might happen. After ten days of pretending it wasnâ€™t happening, the American Therefore logic dictates that media are finally starting to notice that there has been a giant they bring it to a climax, one peaceful sit-in taking place in Wall Street. The reason of course way or another, before either is that the police have started treating protesters with excessive the ALP or the general public violence, and the scenes taking place in the streets of New York is ready for it. can no longer be ignored. The ideal result would be to Naturally the silence of the press in the USA has been questioned. cut it off at the pass; by talking Keith Olberman, one of the few American journalists to comment up Ruddâ€™s chances before his on the issue, pointed out that an item about even 200 Tea Party supporters can get their act protesters would lead the news in the belligerently right-wing together, people like Barnaby media. Yet for nearly ten days only foreign news services and the Joyce and Nigel Scullion are organisers of the protest themselves were covering a story about hoping to ensure that Ruddâ€™s thousands of people occupying the financial centre of America. opponents, led by the warlords The ostensible organisers of â€˜Occupy Wall Streetâ€™ have mixed who deposed him in the first profiles, ranging from the whimsical Ad-Busters magazine to the place, will act pre-emptively to hard-core cyber activists Anonymous. The basis for bringing the prevent the idea from gaining protesters together is the same use of social media that powered the uprisings in Egypt and Libya. Those enduring pepper sprays and any serious momentum. But if it does â€“ if the membeatings from the New York Police Department call themselves the bers stuck in the ever-increasâ€˜Ninety Nine Per Centâ€™ â€“ the vast majority of the American people ing number of seats which the suffering from the unbridled greed and arrogance of the one per cent who operate the system. polls are declaring marginal As our politicians prepare to examine the media in Australia, the or worse become desperate news blackout in the USA offers a salutary example of the perils of enough to defy their factional monolithic culture in the fourth estate. The news media owned by bosses â€“ then let it happen as corporate America refused to report on a protest essentially aimed soon as possible. The worst at corporate America: who could have foreseen that? thing that could possibly hapAre we seeing the beginning of extensive social unrest in the pen would be for Rudd to reUSA, leading to genuine reform? The banking system that almost turn to a second honeymoon failed in 2008 remains in place, owned and administered by the with the voters just before an same self-centred parasites. An opportunity was missed then; there election. For various reasons, are signs that the next crash is imminent, when drastic reform or both technical and political, total collapse will be the only options. an election does not become David Lovejoy, publisher a practical proposition until 2013. Getting Rudd back now would at least give Abbott and The Byron Shire Echo his bully boys a solid year to Established 1986 work him over, or even, perPublisher David Lovejoy haps, for his own side once Editor Hans Lovejoy more to turn against him. Photographer Jeff Dawson But it would also give Rudd Advertising Manager Stuart Amos Nicholas Shand time to expose the manifest Accounts Manager Simon Haslam 1948â€“1996 inadequacy of Abbott as an Production Manager Ziggi Browning Founding Editor alternative prime minister ÂŠ 2011 Echo Publications Pty Ltd â€“ ABN 86 004 000 239 and the Libs themselves have Mullumbimby: Village Way, Stuart St. Ph 02 6684 1777 Fax 02 6684 1719 Byron Bay: Unit 5, 6 Tasman Way, Arts & Industry Estate. Ph 6685 5222 a potential saviour waiting in Printer: Horton Media Australia Ltd the wings in the form of MalReg. by Aust. Post Pub. No. NBF9237. colm Turnbull. Abbott would
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much rather not take the risk. Admittedly he nailed Rudd in 2010, with more than a little help from Ruddâ€™s own side; but times have changed. As many of his own colleagues have unkindly pointed out, Julia Gillard is his best asset; a switch to anyone, but especially Rudd, would be a change for the worse. Abbott is old enough to remember the way Gough
rusted-on Ruddites are starting to make soundings, but in spite of the lazier commentators (who are always happy to fall back on a leadership challenge story â€“ itâ€™s so much easier than real journalism) there is no serious campaign â€“ yet. And if Abbott has his way, there never will be. For once, he and Gillard are in perfect harmony. And if Rudd were to make a
Getting Rudd back now would at least give Abbott and his bully boys a solid year to work him over. by Mungo MacCallum Whitlam destroyed Billy Snedden, only to find himself facing Malcolm Fraser. And he will also recall Malcolm McGregorâ€™s crack about the 1996 election: John Howard only won because his opponent was Paul Keating. If he had been standing unopposed, he would have lost. It is not that Abbott is ascendant in the polls â€“ rather that Gillard is close to rock bottom. With enemies like that, who needs friends? But simple arithmetic suggests that Gillard is fairly safe, at least for some time yet. Scullion says Rudd is within nine votes of making it, and Joyce says seven, but what would they know? Graham Richardson estimates Ruddâ€™s supporters at between 10 and 20, which sounds a lot more realistic; given that he needs 52 in a caucus of 103, heâ€™s still only looking at his hard core. There is no doubt that some
comeback, he would still have to deal with the governmentâ€™s ongoing problems â€“ selling the carbon tax, dealing with the miners and devising a policy on the boat people. But in the last case at least he would be an improvement, if only because he would not be as sickeningly sanctimonious and hypocritical as the present chorus. Itâ€™s not just the blame shifting, the abuse, the mindless sloganeering â€“ they have become par for the course in the current parliament. Itâ€™s the obscene pretence that both party leaders are really acting with the best interests of the asylum seekers in mind. Itâ€™s only by destroying their last chance of salvation, by condemning them to hell, we are told, that our caring parliament can save them from death at the hands of the people smugglers. We have to be cruel to be kind. Leave aside for a moment
the nonsense about the UN convention and protocols; Abbott didnâ€™t worry about such niceties during the Pacific Solution and doesnâ€™t now. Not only would he return the asylum seekers to a non-signatory (Indonesia) but he would reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas, which breach the protocol provisions on travel and family reunion, among others. And ignore Gillardâ€™s protestations that the Malaysians are really sweet and caring people who will always do the right thing by refugee applicants; they donâ€™t and they wouldnâ€™t. And even if they did, so what? She is still in breach of the spirit, if not the letter, of the UN convention herself, not to mention her own partyâ€™s platform. Abbott and Gillard are lying: their immediate concern is not the welfare of the wretches who are so desperate that they deliberately and willingly risk the potentially fatal trip to Australia in the belief that nothing â€“ not even the remote and overcrowded concentration camps run by mercenary goons who treat them like criminals â€“ could be worse or more hopeless than their present conditions. For Gillard and Abbott, this is not a human tragedy, to be met with decency and compassion. Itâ€™s a political problem, to be exploited in the most viciously partisan manner and to be solved with spin and gimmickry. If ever there was a reason to change both leaders, and as quickly as possible, the last couple of weeks have provided it. Rudd and Turnbull both have their faults, but they could hardly fail to be an improvement.
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be suing Byron Shire Council, which let the contract for this work. It seems signs are there to be ignored. The beach is a beautiful option to The Pass but ignored.
I would like to add to my letter last week by acknowledging one more amazing charitable organisation that helped make the Special Needs Bus a reality. Since I began fundraising for the project at Mullumbimby High School I have had the privilege of getting to know and understand the great work of the men and women of Lions Club. Recently I was invited to talk at a Lions Club Dinner, I had very little idea about my hosts or what the evening would entail. I did not expect the diversity of age, occupation and cultural backgrounds of the people I met. However, what really surprised me was to learn about the range of projects Lions Club fund. From childhood cancer foundations, drug awareness projects, vision, kidney and diabetes research to a whole building and outfitting of a research centre at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. It is humbling to think of how many times a Lions Club project has touched and assisted all of our lives without us even being aware. I have often bought raffle tickets from Lions members in the hope of winning a prize. But in reality the prize is the amazing results of their great work. Thank you, Lions.
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Shire, with a green mayor and green and community-minded councillors, is using Glyphosate, aka Roundup â€“ an extremely toxic chemical â€“ for â€˜bush regenerationâ€™ and â€˜ecological restorationâ€™ work in the Shire. This is a scandal. Glyphosate is known to cause a host of serious, even fatal ailments, including:
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The Senate Committeeâ€™s surprise at the complexity surrounding the status, health and sustainability of Australiaâ€™s koalas and at the level of community commitment and passion that is invested in koalas may serve as a wake-up call for Minister Burke. Over 70 per cent of submissions received were from community-based koala conservation groups and from interested individuals; many of them voluntary licensed carers working at the pointy end of koala conservation. The public galleries at each of the Committeeâ€™s three public hearings were full and the Committee extended its reporting timeframe on four occasions. The deep-felt concerns of the Australian community about the Koalaâ€™s survival have at last had a fair hearing and have been found valid. Minister Burke, NSWâ€™s 4,500 licensed wildlife carers call on you to list the Koala as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act in areas where numbers have Karen Gross significantly declined. Special Needs Teacher Lorraine Vass Chair Mullumbimby High School NSW Wildlife Council Inc
I rarely whinge in public but I have to say I am bl--dy angry at the number of walkers who are allowed to walk along the road alongside the boardwalk repair section on Lighthouse Road. Despite signs being erected nothing has stopped them. I drive on Lighthouse Road every day and have had many close calls. If I should be unfortunate enough to clip a pedestrian on this section I will
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â€˜burning eyes, blurred vision, skin rashes, burning or itchy skin, nausea, sore throat, asthma and difficulty breathing, headache, lethargy, nose bleeds, and dizziness. Glyphosate and glyphosate-containing herbicides caused genetic damageâ€Ś is linked with increased risks of the cancer non-Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma, miscarriages, and attention deficit disorderâ€Ś can reduce production of sex hormones... can commonly contaminate streams in both agricultural and urban areas.â€™ (Journal Of Pesticide Reform/ Winter 2004, Vol 24, No 4.) More recent information on the grave dangers of us-
ing this poison can be gleaned from this letter written by Dr Huber, eminent plant pathologist: http://foodfreedom. wordpress.com/2011/04/06/ huber-warns-eu-presidentof-glyphosate-danger-to-livestock-and-plants/. I am writing to request that Byron Shire councillors seek an immediate suspension of this deadly practice, pending a review of the same. Apart from poisoning the residents and the ecosystem, Byron Shire Council will go bankrupt when concerned and affected residents file for damages. Wake up, Byron Shire!
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The view of weeds
This is the third consecutive public holiday where many retail takings in Byron have actually fallen (in comparison to non-holiday periods). This must mean that, because of the strong Australian dollar, Byronâ€™s regular weekly retail clients are going away or overseas during public holidays, and the holiday-makers still coming to Byron donâ€™t spend as freely. This is worrying for a region that relies on tourism as the mainstay of the economy. Rents, wages and overheads have all gone up at least four per cent over the past year, and retail turnover is continuing to come down. (Typically, rents for a 100 square metre store have topped $110,000pa in the CBD.) If the trend continues, retailing will become unsustainable and more businesses will be folding. Michael Balson
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It would appear that the Byron Shire Council is involved in a â€˜guesstimateâ€™ situation when it comes to assessment of water and sewer usage. One mistake is probably acceptable, two in three quarters of assessments is not. The latest from 26/5 to 9/8 indicated our usage in KL was 27. Imagine our surprise when upon receiving our notice, we cleared the mud and noted that the reading on 14/9 was 13 KL usage! The question needs to be asked is the meter man simply walking around and making a guess, knowing that many will pay without questioning their account. Speaking to other residents in Byron Bay it
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the native vegetation and animals that can be readily seen above soil, and that since the life of soil cannot be seen as readily as that of a koala or tuckeroo, soil can somehow look after itself. By not conceiving that soil must be looked after whatever we do above ground, we give up our humanness and remain in this matter at the consciousness of the other animals who have no gift of a cerebral cortex. Not only will this shortterm view inhibit soil replenishment but it will contribute to the overall toxicity of the environment as poisons are routinely used on weeds. The long-term view for weed
control and soil replenishment is found more in organic yet intensive farming/gardening carried out by a more ruralised population rather than an urbanised one, and the former are engaged primarily in feeding themselves and their neighbours rather than in exporting food and fibre. In this spread of population, weeds including Siam weed are purposefully used for soil improvement. Geoff Dawe
Paul Spooner (Letters, September 13) details the range of welfare services available at Byron Community Centre but fails to explain why Allan Ivory
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from Ocean Shores was unable to access Emergency Relief assistance at Byron Community Centre or Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre. FAHCSIA relies on current Centrelink statistics to allocate ER funding in Byron Shire, however Byron Community Centre receives the lion’s share of the Shire’s funds – over $48,000 per year. MDNC receives $35,000 per year while Brunswick Community Care is allocated just $14,000 per year. Funding allocations have remained virtually unchanged over the past decade, despite the ever-changing demographics. Bruns Community Care is concerned that our ER service is not receiving a fair or equitable share of emergency relief funding, in relation to the number of residents and/ or welfare recipients currently residing in the Brunswick Heads/Ocean Shores, 2483 postcode area. Over the past few years we have pleaded with FAHCSIA for additional funds and repeatedly requested a review of the current ‘allocation formula’ to ensure the adequate provision of funds within the 2483 postcode area to enable our service to continue operating. We have also repeatedly expressed our dismay at the introduction of the ‘postcode’ rule that restricts access to ER services in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay to residents living within their postcode areas. The management committees of both neighbouring centres arbitrarily decided to ‘manage demand’ by denying Bruns/OS residents access to their much wider range of assistance (without any consultation!) and now routinely refer clients to Bruns ER, significantly increasing demand on our very limited resources. Centrelink also refers ‘out of area’ and homeless clients to Bruns ER. We appear to be the only community service that doesn’t restrict access to anyone in need – though lack of funds has forced us to reduce our operating hours to just one morning a week. ER service is available at Brunswick Heads Community Centre on Fridays only from 10am to 12pm. We are often under increased pressure around peak holiday periods when many homeless and transient people are forced out of Byron Bay by police and ranger crackdowns and there are no free meals or soup kitchens operating in our neighbourhood. Over the past year we have eloquently made our case for additional funding and clearly articulated the negative consequences of the postcode rule, but our pleas for equity and fairness have fallen on deaf ears. FAHCSIA is demanding we sign up for another three years at the current allocation. Neither Mullum nor Byronhave been willing to review their decision to limit ER ser-
Targeting Council’s critics Q I
have wanted to comment on ‘illegal’ dwellings but can’t because I’m not prepared to use my name for fear of Council retaliation. Now we can see how the Council reacts to criticism. While requiring authors’ names is appropriate, publishing them becomes counterproductive because it enables a vindictive power, like the Council, to intimidate critics. The Echo should make a public statement that it will publish letters without names about ‘illegal’ dwellings because of the Council’s targeting of vocal critics. Name and address withheld
friend and I owned and ran Julians Cafe from 2001 to 2005. During this time Mr Buck$ continually questioned the legalities of our business week after week through the local press. I believe this was due to a past gripe with the landlord of our building. Our feelings and livelihood were never considered throughout this harassment. He never once crossed the street to say hello and ask our thoughts. We were just two young guys with families trying to make a go of it in the hard market of Byron Bay. Makes it hard to have any compassion for the poor bloke
now and his alleged legal Rights) – could bankrupt both dwellings. parties, should Council choose J P Afflick to pursue the matter through Byron Bay the courts. Usually, a dwelling must be approved by CounQ Council has once more lost cil and relevant fees paid to touch with Shire residents. Council. However, if – as has There is nothing ‘illegal’ in ru- been the case with Byron Shire ral affordable living to justify Council – the fees charged and actions like this. The compli- conditions imposed by Counance office is a complaint in cil are not reasonable, the landitself. I will vote for its elimi- lord has a valid legal argument nation, so I will vote for Fast in relation to erecting dwellings Buck$ as he also supported (shelters for human habitation) without Council approval or Ross Tucker as mayor. And I see Ross not only as paying the fees demanded. Council zoning is another mayor. With his shirewide knowledge he should be gen- issue that has numerous coneral manager too. Get rid of the tradictions and exemptions. sand in the gearbox and then Common Law overrides legisI believe ratepayers’ money lative law, including the maze would be spent more efficiently of regulations imposed by by such colourful councillors. local governments. The only Dieter Horstmann indisputable factor that deTyagarah fines whether or not a dwelling is ‘unlawful’ is ‘health and Q Apparently, Council has safety’ (Common Law – ‘duty developed an illegal practice/ of care’). All landlords have a policy: inappropriate usage of ‘duty of care’ to their tenants, the word ‘illegal’. As mentioned to the community and to the in previous letters, it is not ‘il- environment – to ensure that legal’ – a crime – to sleep in a every dwelling built for huvehicle. Dwellings cannot be man habitation complies with ‘illegal’, nor is the act of erect- ‘health and safety’ regulations ing a dwelling without permis- applicable to the location of the dwelling. If the dwelling is sion of Council. Whether or not a dwelling is rented (not free accommodaunlawful is a civil matter that tion), the dwellings must also – due to the refusal of Byron comply with the provisions of Shire Council management the Residential Tenancy Act. to concede to overriding laws P Morgan (Common Law and Human Byron Bay
the answer – Rockhampton, because he’d just been there. I surprised myself when I was able to contribute the odd obscurity that nobody else knew. There was a question and answer for everyone. As the night progressed and we realised we were in there with a chance, we bonded closer. We spontaneously broke into the Banana Boat Song when Harry Belafonte’s name came up. On the last round we smelt blood as we drumrolled the table and just pipped the VIP Lounge, a sophisticated, darkMichele Grant horse team, into unexpected President, Brunswick Heads Community Care Council Inc
vices to residents within their postcode area. Both decisions seriously disadvantage Bruns/ Ocean Shores residents. The existing funding arrangement and locality rules are unreasonable and make it extremely difficult for our service to adequately function and provide for the people in our community. Without additional funding, we can only ask neighbouring service providers to loosen up on the postcode rule so all Byron Shire residents have fair and reasonable access to federally funded ER services.
glory. I admit we weren’t very gracious in victory with all our whooping and hollering but hey, we were living up to our name, The Provocateurs. I’d like to thank those who put on the night for their compassion and the work they put into helping people who really need it. They were able to donate $2,684 to Care Australia which, research showed, has the highest proportion of the money raised going directly to the field and the least spent on administration etc. Magenta Appel-Pye
Being a trivia-night virgin and hopeless at remembering facts and figures, I turned up at Byron Bowlo last week for the Fundraiser for the African Famine Trivia Night feeling a bit apprehensive. Although none of us had met everyone on our table before, fortune smiled on us as the polyglot of people trawled through their collective memories to dig up relics stored long ago. As the night progressed we learnt of each other’s special talents. Being such a disparate group worked to our advantage. None of us locals could agree on where you would be if you drove 800km north for nine hours. It was our young British WWOOFer who knew
Palestine, boycotts, and The Echo In the recent motion passed in the NSW Legislative Council Jan Barham voted to ‘reluctantly’ support the condemnation of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Quote: ‘[The] Greens… We have clear and long-term principles about peace and non-violence, about seeking resolution in peaceful and non-violent ways, about supporting peoples’ rights and aspirations, and about seeking to uphold United Nations resolutions, international law and conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’. The rich irony of this statement lies in the fact that the BDS campaign is precisely all of these – a non-violent campaign to pressure Israel to abide by international law. The anti-Semitic rhetoric attached to the BDS movement by some critics is a red herring designed to queer the debate. ‘Jewish’ businesses are not the target as, for example, Kevin
Rudd would have us believe. Businesses profiting from the illegal occupation and annexation of Palestinian land are. Volvo and Caterpillar are two such businesses – neither is Jewish. BDS is not anti-Semitic for one simple reason: it was created by Semitic people as a response to injustice in Palestine. If a business supports war crimes in Palestine, be it a chocolate shop or an arms manufacturer, it is fair game. Duncan Shipley-Smith
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tice (BPPJ) morphed out of Byron Friends of East Timor. We stand and act for fair play, for peace with justice and stood up against Suharto’s supporters as we now support the Palestinian bid for statehood. In 1999 as a UN District Electoral Officer, I saw firsthand the violence in East Timor by Indonesian government-backed militias. While then Foreign Minister
Alexander Downer was telling the Australian public that Indonesia was trying to control these killers, I visited the Young Boy militia in the Indonesian army base in Uato Carabau, Viqueque where they were being feted. The just cause of East Timorese independence was hindered for decades by Australia’s collusion with Indonesia and now Australia, in collusion with Israel and the US, is planning to either abstain or vote no in regard to Palestine’s UN bid for statehood recognition. In light of The Echo’s Backlash comments re the Palestine/ Israel conflict I should like to remind The Echo of Edward Said’s comments about the Palestinian struggle: ‘It is a just cause, a noble ideal, a moral quest for equality and human rights.’ While Vic Alhadeff, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, has had many letters published, it
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is a source of profound regret that Australians for Palestine’s Moammar Mashni’s one letter to The Echo was ignored. Also ignored was a photograph we submitted of two men sharing a keffiyeh, one Palestinian and one Israeli, from our recent Rally for an Independent Palestine. This future ideal and depiction of brotherhood was not published by The Echo. We counted The Echo as an ally in the struggle for a free East Timor and would like to think you are on side in this historical quest for Palestinian Justice.
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Why does Council love to raid me?
BUSINESS BOTTOM LINE O-Sushi makes a clean sweep
Locally bred O-Sushi restaurants have cleaned up in the 2011 Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence with three restaurants making the winners’ list. Following on the heels of O-Sushi Byron, who were voted Best Asian restaurant in northern NSW & New England regions, O-Sushi Coolangatta got the nod as the Best Sushi Bar in the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland, with new sibling O-Sushi Broadbeach coming runner-up.
Was it really necessary for Council staff to raid my Coorabell property a second time? After suffering what I considered to be a number of wilful tresspasses two years ago, I banned Council staff from access, unless they had a warrant. Obviously the compliance staff, who are effectively Council’s cops, wouldn’t take this well, used as they are to people trembling in fear and uncertainty. On the other hand it is absurd to suggest that if they came around with a search warrant I would resist them. In my opinion the presence of police during both searches reflects only team leader David Murray’s own fear and trembling at having to deal with someone who has spent a lifetime standing up to people like him. Again I have obtained a copy of the documents which Mr Murray filed at Mullumbimby Courthouse in order to justify the issuing of a warrant. My conclusion after reading it is that while two years ago Council did establish a good case, on this occasion it seems the Registrar might have allowed herself to be baffled with bullshit. Indeed I will be filing a complaint with the Attorney-General’s Department suggesting that the filed material is simply
O-Sushi co-owner Prayan Benglas was delighted to receive the news at a gala event recently held at Jupiters Casino. ‘It’s great to be acknowledged by people in the industry’, he said, ‘we put a lot of effort into consistently providing our customers with fresh, healthy dishes in a great atmosphere and this award tells us we’re on the right path’. Prayan’s partner, Tony Syem, was also chuffed that their new ‘baby’, O-Sushi Broadbeach, also made it on the list. ‘We only opened in Broadbeach at Christmas time’, he explained, ‘and our people have done such a great job in getting us on track so quickly. We’re really enjoying the Broadbeach vibe and as spring and summer come along we’re really going to have some fun, with live music each week and the best fresh and delicious produce we can get our hands on’. For more information, visit www.osushi.com.au.
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Labor Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Amanda Fazio, delivered a speech on drug law reform in Parliament on 26 August 26. Below is an extract:
Co-owner Annie Ivancich said that in addition to the big award, they won awards for all 15 entries they had submitted. ‘We’ve been winning awards since 1999,’ she said, ‘so we’re really happy if we win five or six. But to win the trophy – it was a total surprise.’
Today I inform the House about an organisation that provides a realistic approach to drug law reform. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Australia was formed in late 2010 by a small group of current and retired law enforcement officers who know that current drug policies in Australia, and internationally, are not working and are im-
She said that they had been making their Exotic Blend since 1999. ‘I think it won because over the years we’re constantly refining it and making the blend better while keeping the flavour and the consistency the same so people recognise it.’ Byron Bay Coffee Company now has a total of 92 awards, making it the most-awarded coffee company in Australia.
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Income a crime? The second twist is that Mr Murray quoted passages from a real estate website advertising my property as for sale; the bit describing six cabins as generating income was highlighted. In legal documents the use of a highlighter is considered prejudicial, as well as insulting to the reader. Third-party evidence of this nature is in any case regarded as hearsay, ie inadmissible without direct confirmation from the real estate agent. My main point, however, is that it was already known from the
previous raid that there were six cabins. If generating income is allowed to be legally relevant then Mr Murray should have argued why this was so. Certainly I have never claimed to be operating a charity.
Failure to cooperate The third twist is that Mr Murray has included reference to the fact that I won’t sign for registered articles at Bangalow Post Office. He neglects to clarify I have an arrangement with the General Manager that whenever he wishes to serve a document on me he telephones me and I collect and sign for it at the front counter at Council. In any case failure to cooperate, even if true, is hardly proof that further illegal development has taken place and that I have something to hide. The fourth twist is that Mr Murray has included a number of less-than-reverential letters which I have written to Council over the past couple of years denying them access without a search warrant. To use those letters as proof that they therefore must automatically be given one is, in my opinion, more than slightly devious. My point is that I have a right not to be intruded upon without good cause; exercising that right cannot of itself constitute good cause, or ‘obstruction’, as Mr Murray puts it. Of a similarly prejudicial na-
ture is Murray’s inclusion of letters which concludes with the question ‘Who the fuck do you think you are?’ and another calling Graeme Faulkner a ‘dickhead’ for illegal entry. Does rudeness of itself offer proof that a further search is warranted? I don’t think so, especially if the rudeness is historically justifiable. Finally there was a crucial omission from Mr Murray’s affidavit. Council operates on a complaint situation, and sure enough there is reference to a new complaint filed in February. However no copy of it is attached to the documents, nor even a summary of its contents. This leaves Council relying on a complaint, which I consider to be vexatious, lodged in 2008. So what was this new raid really all about? A number of conspiracy theories come to mind but I’ve narrowed them down to two: 1. Council stuffed up its information gathering in the earlier raid and wanted a second bite at the cherry. 2. Council also stuffed up by not prosecuting me within the 12-month time limit, so they’ve tried to reset the clock by dressing up old information as new, ie by pretending they became aware of the alleged illegal activity in 2011 rather than in 2009. All I can say to them is: ‘good luck, chaps’.
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They scored three short of a perfect hundred. Byron Bay Coffee Company have recently received their highest accolade yet in the 22 years they have been in the business. At the recent Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards their Exotic Blend coffee won Champion of Show and a score of 97 out of 100, competing against the 20-odd coffee companies nationwide who had also entered.
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a repackaging of what was already known and established, with some novel twists. The first twist is that early in September Council hired a helicopter to supplement the satellite photos already obtained in May. Whether gratuitous aerial intrusion can be validly used to justify a search warrant is for the Department’s lawyers to decide. My point is that the photographs, while interesting, add nothing to what was already known from the previous raid. Mr Murray says in his affidavit that he can see further changes but doesn’t specify what these changes might be. For the record I can state that there has been some minor reconfiguration, but no nett increase in accommodation capacity.
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pacting on society as a whole. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia is focused on educating the public and policymakers on the harms that current policies are causing and it is heightening the awareness of alternate ways in which to deal with drug abuse and organised crime. All members of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia Board possess extensive drug and alcohol sector experience. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia does not promote the use of drugs and is deeply concerned about the extent of drug abuse worldwide. It is concerned also about the destructive impact of violent drug gangs and cartels everywhere in the world. Neither problem is remedied by the current policy of drug prohibition. Drug abuse and gang violence flourish in a drugprohibition environment, just as they did during alcohol prohibition. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition advocates the elimination of the policy of drug prohibition and its replacement by regulated policies based around appropriate restrictions on drug sales. Drug abuse is a health problem, and drug use should be regulated and subject to restrictions that are similar to those currently applying to
reduce disease and uptake, and that a fraction of those savings would be more than sufficient to pay for expanded addiction services. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia believes that adult drug use, however dangerous, is a matter of personal freedom as long as it does not impinge on the freedom or safety of others. Patrons of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia include the Hon Michael Kirby, AC, KCMG, Dr Alex Wodak, AM, Director, Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital, Bernadette McSherry and Nicholas Cowdrey, QC. Currently Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia is conducting two campaigns. The first is to regulate rather than prohibit synthetic cannabis. Secondly, they are demanding action to allow the use of cannabis by people with a medical certificate. Research has proven that cannabis has anti-cancer properties, and it is time that governments took this issue seriously. I know of a number of cancer suffers who have benefitted from the use of medical cannabis for pain relief, suppressing nausea and appetite stimulation. I support both campaigns.
alcohol and tobacco. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia recognises that even in a post-prohibition world, all drugs can cause harm and create a potential for addiction, and that this requires appropriate regulation and control. The group believes that all persons suffering from drug abuse afflictions and addiction should be provided with a variety of help, including safe usage education, drug treatment and drug maintenance programs. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia will support independent research to demonstrate that an end to drug prohibition will control Q See more about LEAP at criminal justice expenditures, www.leapaustralia.org/board. www.echo.net.au
White sky, anyone? The impact of geoengineering Mark Byrne
Australian scientists have been mucking about with clouds since 1947 in the hope of augmenting our generally meagre and unreliable rainfall, with mixed results. And there are plenty of people on the North Coast who think that governments or corporations are fiddling with the atmosphere in order to control our minds. Things may get a whole lot more serious soon, though. With writers like Clive Hamilton arguing that the current commitments of national government around the world to reduce greenhouse emissions will fail to prevent dangerous climate change in the near future, one so-called â€˜Plan Bâ€™ â€“ geoengineering or climate engineering â€“ is starting to look like Plan A in some quarters. Geoengineering is the generic term for a range of deliberate, large-scale technological interventions in the earthâ€™s weather or climate systems. The two main forms are solar radiation management (SRM), which is intended to reduceÂ the amount of sunlight hitting the earth, and removing carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. (The latter is different from carbon capture and storage, which aims to sequester carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere.) Shooting sulphur particles into the stratosphere or erecting giant sunshields or mirrors in space to reflect sunlight are examples of the former. The dumping of iron filings in the ocean to encourage phytoplankton to proliferate, absorbing CO2 in the process, is a common example of the latter. Such experiments have attracted interest from serious scientific institutions in recent years. According to the most comprehensive report critical of recent developments, Geopiracy, published late in 2010 by an international non-government organisation called the ETC Group, they include such reputable bodies as the UKâ€™s Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences. Even the Intergovernmen-
tal Panel on Climate Change, the role of which is â€˜to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impactsâ€™, held a meeting of geoengineering experts in Peru in June. It apparently included well-known geoengineering advocates and scientists with related patents and financial interests, but did not involve environmental or other civil society representation. One such scientist is Paul Crutzen, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on the ozone layer in 1995 for his work on the ozone layer, and who in 2000 proposed that we are now
torium against ocean fertilisation. Last yearâ€™s CBD meeting in Nagoya, Japan, imposed a general moratorium on all real-world geoengineering experiments. The moratorium (which technically does not bind the US, which has signed but not ratified the CBD) applies, among other conditions, until there has been â€˜appropriate consideration of risks to the environment [and] biodiversity as well as social, economic and cultural impactsâ€™. But there are doubts about how effective such a moratorium might be over time, given that it is not a blanket ban but instead sets out conditions before geoengineering activities
The consequences of such experiments going wrong would be immense and potentially catastrophic. In the case of ocean fertilisation, the impacts could include changes in marine food webs, low oxygen levels, toxic blooms, the production of harmful gases and impacts on human communities dependent on healthy fish stocks. in a new geological epoch, the â€˜anthropoceneâ€™, in which humans have played an increasingly dominant role in shaping global biophysical processes. Itâ€™s not all theoretical. According to the ETC report, â€˜at least 13 experiments have been carried out in the worldâ€™s oceans over the past 20 years. A 2007 experiment near the Galapagos Islands by US startup Planktos Inc was stopped because of an international civil society campaign.â€™ Governments and intergovernmental bodies are starting to talk about on the one hand about how effective such schemes may be in tackling warming, and on the other about how best to regulate them so they donâ€™t get out of hand. As a result of the Planktos experiment, in 2008 the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Bonn, Germany was quick to defend marine biodiversity by establishing a de facto mora-
might be permissible. Environment groups are therefore calling for a new global treaty, to be called the International Convention for the Evaluation of New Technologies, to provide a framework for monitoring and control. The consequences of such experiments going wrong would be immense and potentially catastrophic. In the case of ocean fertilisation, the impacts could include changes in marine food webs, low oxygen levels, toxic blooms, the production of harmful gases and impacts on human communities dependent on healthy fish stocks. More generally, as the June letter to the IPCC from a global group of environmental groups
put it, â€˜The potential for accidents, dangerous experiments, inadequate risk assessment, unexpected impacts, unilateralism, private profiteering, disruption of agriculture, interstate conflict, illegitimate political goals and negative consequences for the global South is high. The likelihood that geoengineering will provide a safe, lasting, democratic and peaceful solution to the climate crisis is non-existent.â€™ Even if experiments do go according to plan, though, the consequences would be serious and likely irreversible. Reducing solar insolation will do nothing to stop ocean acidification, the other main consequence of increasing carbon emissions other than atmospheric warming. Even if that process works, it will require ever-greater amounts of sulphur particles to be injected into the atmosphere to balance increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere. One of the results, according to the ETC report, is that â€˜our skies would no longer be blueâ€™. Perhaps the strongest argument against geoengineering, though, is that if Plan B looks feasible, Plan A â€“ reducing our emissions â€“ may seem less critical. We can keep polluting in the hope that technology will come to the rescue. The biggest problem may be less the lack of a suitable legal framework than the mindset that sees nature as an object subject to human control, rather than a complex web of often little-understood processes with which humans tinker at their peril.
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SPRING GARDENING TIPS With the weather getting warmer, gardening season has ofﬁcially begun. You may already have seedlings growing in containers that are ready to be transplanted, but before you do that here are four things you need to accomplish to reap the beneﬁts. 1. Remove weeds – These little suckers will sprout anywhere, even from cement, and they will suck the life out of your plants by feeding off of the soil’s nutrients. Spending a good amount of time removing weeds will pay off. Make sure to get to the root of the problem by digging them out and not just pulling them. 2. Take a Soil Test – Check soil pH with a home soil-test kit that you can buy at your local gardening store. Make sure to take several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Some plants like the soil to be more acidic, like my blueberry bush. If necessary enrich the soil. To make it more acidic add diluted vinegar, coffee or pine needles. To make it less acidic and raise the pH, add wood ashes. 3. Feed your soil – Do this after you remove all weeds. To help your fruits and veggies grow strong, add fertiliser or compost to your soil. At my community garden, we continue to make our own compost and have started adding bunny droppings. Chicken droppings will also work, but not all animal droppings are suitable. 4. Find a home – Finding the right spot for your plants will keep them happy and help with pest control. Before you begin transplanting your seedlings, have a plan. Think of what you will be planting and make sure plants that like each other are near one another. Think of it as planning a reception. You want to be aware of who gets along with whom so they can sit together, and separate those that don’t to avoid an awkward moment, or poor growth. If you are growing tomatoes make sure to plant some basil and parsley near them as they like to sit next to each other. Try to avoid having veggies from the cabbage family (broccoli, cauliﬂower and Brussels sprouts) sit next to each other as it will just turn into an aphid breeding ground.
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