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Greens councillor Simon Richardson is pushing for prime Council land near the Byron Arts and Industry estate to be made available for affordable housing projects. Council will this Thursday debate a motion to undertake an ecological assessment of two large vacant blocks on Bayshore Drive, which have long been flagged as potential affordable housing sites, but include vegetation of high conservation value. One five-hectare block runs along the railway line, and a second twohectare block sits opposite the IGA shopping centre and is adjacent to a new housing and industrial development already underway. ‘So many people who work in this area can’t afford to live here’, says Reanna Blake is getting in early with Sharon Le Beau who is ready and raring for the Pretty in Pink High Tea to be held on October 24 at the Ocean Shores Country Club. Story & photo Eve Jeffery
The stats on breast cancer are staggering: one in nine women across NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age 85, according to the Cancer Council. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women aged 50– 69 are urged to have a mammogram in an effort to detect the disease early. And the mammogram is free; Jane Walsh, Director from BreastScreen NSW North Coast says, ‘Regular breast screening provides an extra line of defence against breast cancer. ‘It is vital that women aged 50–69 years have screening mammograms every two years. One trip to one of our clinics could save a life.’ Across the Shire women are holding events to raise both funds and awareness of breast cancer during the month. There is the Pink Power Lighthouse Run on October 16 and on Saturday October 22 women will meet in Railway Park Byron Bay for the annual
Breast Cancer Day and Minifield of Women to celebrate the lives of those affected by breast cancer. There will be a mini-healing-festival event with yoga, crystal singing bowls, inspirational speaker, food vans, juice and cuppas, a pink labyrinth and the pink information stall.
Events across the Shire The Minifield of Women is an event where women silhouettes are planted in the ground to pay tribute to those affected by breast cancer. In the north or the Shire, Reanna Blake will be only of the many who will celebrate Pink Ribbon Day on October 24 when she hosts a High Tea. Reanna says she has always wanted to do a charity event where ladies can frock up and eat yummy food and raise money for a good cause. ‘I chose to do the Pink Ribbon Breakfast with benefits with a Pretty in Pink High Tea as the theme’. Reanna says that when reading about breast cancer, she came across
a number of facts that shocked her. ‘I think of all the women in my life. Out of my friends, family, workmates and all the women I know, one in nine will get this disease. That’s a lot of women. I don’t personally know anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so this made me realise how quickly any one of us could become part of this statistic’.
Richardson. ‘This could allow a diversity of people to live in town.’ Despite Council’s ongoing commitment to more affordable housing in the Shire, little has come of plans to make council land available. A longdiscussed project on council land in Station Street Mullumbimby has hit multiple obstacles, including around the suitability of the site. Inspired by a recent meeting on affordable housing organised by the Transition Towns group, Cr Richardson says he spoke to Council’s planning department, which suggested the idea of a fresh ecological assessment of the two Byron blocks. ‘Let’s see how much of this land could be available for affordable housing,’ he said. In the agenda documents for this continued on page 2
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Pink Ribbon Day The Pretty in Pink High Tea will be held at the Ocean Shores Country Club from 10am on Pink Ribbon Day. Tickets can be purchased from the club or by contacting Reanna 0423 637 345. Donations can be made at Reanna’s fundraising page: http://fundraise.pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au/ reanna_blake. BreastScreen NSW North Coast has screening centres at Tweed Heads, Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. To book an appointment call 13 20 50.
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Something you don’t hear everyday: a former PM’s family hailing from Mullumbimby. As he took to the stage at a public meeting in Tweed on Friday Mr Rudd said, ‘My mother’s mother and father moved up from Mullumbimby
to Nambour in the early part of the last century.’ Mr Rudd then went on to speak on the continuing work by Australian aid agencies overseas. The former PM also engaged in a public Q&A on the nation’s foreign aidwork, and a photo opportunity with the public afterwards.
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This week marks the one hundreth birthday of Thelma Sleep, possibly one of Byron’s oldest inhabitants. Born in Dunoon on October 13, 2011, Thelma Sleep was a toddler when her family moved to a dairy farm at Broken Head where she lived until at 21 when she married Ernest Sleep. The couple set up house in Byron Bay 60 years ago where they raised their children. As a non-drinker and nonsmoker, Thelma says she wasn’t big on excercise but said that raising seven children was enough to keep her fit.
Thelma attributes her longevity to living a simple life and hard work. ‘I just live a plain life and have faith in God,’ says Thelma. ‘Bringing up seven children was a fairly big challenge.’ Thelma has lost count of how many grandchildren, greatgrand-children and greatgreat-grand-children she has, but she will be seeing many of them this week as the Sleep descendants pay her a visit. Thelma passes her time now reading and watching television. Though she doesn’t walk well these days – she had her hip replaced at the ripe old age off 99 – she does go on regu-
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Mullumbimby lawyer Graeme Andrews had been suspended from legal practice following information acquired by the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC) relating to misappropriated trust funds. However, before Mr Andrews was suspended on September 9, he sold his practice to solicitor Robert Parrey. Mr Parrey has been a partner in Lismore firm McIntosh, Barr and Gordon for the past six years.
As an Ocean Shores resident, Mr Parrey says he has long wished to work closer to home. ‘Graeme approached me after being diagnosed with an illness and we exchanged contracts in late August,’ he said. Mr Parrey said he knew nothing of the OLSC investigation at the time of exchange, and was still unaware of the determination by the Law Society at the time that he took over the business on September 30, three weeks after Mr Andrews’s suspension. ‘I first read about it last week in the Law Society Jour-
Mullum stages local food festival Byron Shire Council is sponsoring the Mullum Local Food Festival on Saturday October 29 from 10am to 4pm at the Mullumbimby Community Garden. Mayor Jan Barham said Council was delighted to be the major sponsor of this year’s inaugural event in Mullumbimby. Organised by Mullumbimby Community Garden and Council, the festival is expected to be a
vibrant celebration of the Shire’s grassroots food culture. The free event will feature local produce stalls, forums, children’s activities, organic food and special presentations from Jerry Coleby-Williams of ABC’s Gardening Australia and local-food activist Helena Norberg-Hodge. Any local producers wanting to have a stall at the festival can Contact Kirsten on 6684 3728.
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making it difficult to judge the seriousness and extent of the conduct under investigation. It may be that the suspension is simply a precautionary measure. Jim Milne, assistant commissioner at the OLSC, says that in general a suspension of a practising certificate is reserved for more serious allegations, but also emphasises that ‘any breach of the trust fund rules is taken very seriously.’ The Law Society operates a fidelity fund designed to reimburse victims of lawyers’ professional misconduct.
Community Foundation grants available The Northern Rivers Community Foundation Grants Round is now open. ‘Once again we’re very proud to be able to offer funding for our region’s projects and people,’ said Karin Kolbe, chair of the grants committee. Applications that address social disadvantage, youth, the community as a whole, environmental needs, or the arts are invited. Applicants must be incorpo-
rated, not-for-profit organisations in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, and must either have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status in their own right, or be auspiced by a body which has DGR status. Grant applications close at 4.30pm on Monday October 24. For more information and the application form go to www. nrcf.org.au or phone 6621 9996.
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Council keeps heat up on Buck$’s residents to apply to Council to have the order revoked. The letter to the resident also says that ‘Council will reinspect the property with(in) 14 days and may seize ‘Mitchell’ if it is found you are still not complying with… requirements.’
Another resident has been embroiled in Byron Shire Council’s ongoing investigation onto the Coorabell property belonging to John Anderson, aka Fast Buck$. The woman, who doesn’t wish to be named, has been slapped with a $2640 fine for her pooch Mitchell after Council claims that she did not comply ‘with dangerous dog control requirements,’ and for ‘not control/muzzle/register dog section 58A.’ The fines were issued Thursday September 15, the same day Council compliance officers searched Mr Anderson’s property for unapproved dwellings. A young man residing on the property is also facing legal expenses after Council’s compliance officers threatened legal action unless detailed tenancy information is provided. In the letter, Council also claims they were not advised of a new address of the dog owner.
Declared dangerous in 2007 The letter alleges the dog was not contained in an approved enclosure, nor wearing a dangerous-dog collar/muzzle and no dangerous-dog signs were displayed.
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Dangerous dog Mitchell with a resident and two children living on Mr Anderson’s property. Council staff issued two fines totalling $2640 after claiming the dog is dangerous.
The dog was declared dangerous back in 2007, according to Byron Shire Council’s executive manager of corporate management, Mark Arnold. ‘At the time the matter was investigated and witnesses gave a full account of the attack,’ he told The Echo. ‘A declared dangerous dog is required to be specially constrained and the owners to notify Council when they move.
As this did not occur, a fine has been issued.’ Dangerous dogs, Mr Arnold said, are a very serious community issue. ‘Moving from one location to the another, or shire to shire, has very serious implications and councils are required to be vigilant.’ Mr Arnold added if an owner believes their dog is not dangerous, they do have the right
Mr Arnold declined to comment on whether they will be requesting a new warrant to inspect Mr Anderson’s property; however, he quoted Section 69A of the Companion Animal Act 1998. The Act gives the occupier of the property reasonable notice of the intention to enter the property by an authorised officer. Mr Anderson claims that council staff recognised the tenant from four years ago on another property. ‘The tenant is a pensioner who has a recurrent serious illness, while the dog Mitchell is amiable and harmless; he even wagged his tail at Council staff. ‘These fines are a bloodyminded and heavy-handed over-reaction and I urge Council to withdraw them.’ An appeal against the dangerous dog declaration has been lodged, according to Mr Anderson.
Affordable housing in Byron tabled by Cr Richardson continued from page 1
week’s council meeting flagging the proposal, council staff point out that previous assessments of the two large Byron blocks have identified high conservation value native vegetation, and the presence of the threatened Wallum frog as significant constraints on any housing development. Councillor Richardson says that’s even more reason to con-
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sider making it available below market value, or even free, if there are small parcels of land that could support affordable housing. ‘We could literally gift it to [the] affordable housing community group’ he said. Byron Community Centre’s general manager Paul Spooner told The Echo these were ideal sites to be looking at because of their close proximity to ser-
vices, and that some sort of community-based partnership was a ‘great idea’ to consider. ‘Let’s work together around that,’ he said. General manager of North Coast Community Housing, John McKenna, also welcomed the idea and said his organisation was ‘willing to discuss a joint venture,’ which could see council retain an interest in the land, and af-
fordable housing created in perpetuity. Having lived in a range of different forms of accommodation, including a tepee, Simon Richardson said the two blocks could be the perfect opportunity to experiment with models for cutting-edge affordable housing. The innovative designs tabled so far include shared community gardens and parking.
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With schoolies approaching fast and with many accommodation now full with bookings, the Byron Schoolies Safety Response is offering free training to any volunteers who sign up before the end of October. â€˜These are certificate courses in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and Senior First Aid,â€™ says Schoolies HUB Coordinator Nicqui Yazdi. â€˜The first two-day YMHFA training will take place on October 31 and November 7 at the YAC. There will be a sign-on night and reunion at the Owl & Pussycat on October 24 from 6 to 8pm. For more information contact Schoolies HUB Coordinator, Nicqui Yazdi on 0402 013 177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health services in the Shire have just been given a boost this week with the installation of a brand new CT scanning machine at North Coast Radiology at the Sunrise Shopping Centre in Byron Bay. Dr Lincoln Gilham told The Echo it will be a great asset to those needing full body scans. â€˜It will assist in analysing head injuries and cancer patients, for example. This machine, like the others we have, can share resources throughout the northern rivers. All referring doctors get access to the scans.â€™ Dr Gillam says the centreâ€™s carbon footprint has also been reduced. â€˜It needs three-phase power, and to counter that, we reduced power consumption
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overall by replacing the air conditioning and lighting in the building.â€™ Dr Gilham says the medical centre has a long history in the northern rivers region. â€˜North Coast Radiology
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Volunteers receive funding No action on Lennox tower: ICAC Fifty-one organisations across Richmond will be sharing in more than $170,000 to support the work of their volunteers. Itâ€™s part of the federal governmentâ€™s $16 million Volunteer Grants initiative. In Byron Shire, the grant recipients are Bangalow Lions Club $3180, Bangalow RSL Sub-Branch $2035, Brunswick Heads Community Care Council $2550, Byron Lapidary Society $4510, Byron United $5000, Kulchajam, two grants totalling $8900, Liberation Larder $4690, Lions Club of Brunswick Mullumbimby
$1500, Main Arm Upper Public School Parents & Citizens Association $4039, Mullmbimby Community Garden, grants of over $12000, Mullumbimby Agricultural Society $4909, Mullumbimby Tennis Association $5000, Music Outback Foundation $3790, Ocean Shores Basketball Association $2000, Quota International of Brunswick Valley $2950, South Golden Beach Progress Association $4385, and Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare $1250. To find out more about Volunteer Grants visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.
Ballina Shire Council say they have been advised by the Independent Crime Against Corruption (ICAC) that no further action will be taken in respect to Councilâ€™s management of the recently erected Optus tower in Basalt Court, Lennox Head. The result comes after the resident group Worried Householders Action Against Towers (WHAAT) complained that Council staff had acted improperly with the towerâ€™s application. Councilâ€™s General Manager Mr Paul Hickey said, â€˜Council
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very close contests right down to the final whistle. Why is Manly such a great team, I hear you ask? The main reason is their uncanny ability to recruit great half-backs and five-eighths. They have always been close to the best in this department and it goes a long way to delivering success over a full season. These are the pivotal positions from which everything begins (or falters) and allows a team to attack on both sides. Manly is also the only team
to have won a premiership in each of the last five decades, beginning in 1972 going through to the latest in October of 2011. Just some of the Manly greats at the reunion will be Ken Arthurson, John Gray, Steve Martin, Ian Martin, John Morgan, Alan Thompson, Gordon Willoughby, Larry Maloney, Tom Mooneyâ€Ś and the list will include some surprises. Former players and all Rugby League supporters are invited. Bookings at Bangalow Hotel, phone 6687 1314.
has been very proactive in following through the communityâ€™s objections in trying to prevent the Optus tower from being constructed close to residentsâ€™ homes in Basalt Court. â€˜However it has been disappointing to see that the residents feel that Council has not done enough, as unfortunately weâ€™ve been constrained by the federal governmentâ€™s Telecommunications Act 1997 which allows for telecommunication fixtures, classified as low impact, to co-exist on Council land and infrastructure, without the need for Optus to obtain Council approval. â€˜Council has written to the relevant federal minister asking for the Telecommunications Act to be amended; however, until that occurs we have no legal authority to stop Optus from proceedingâ€™. WHAATâ€™s spokesperson Sue Hetherington was unavailable for comment.
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Same-sex marriage book launch Ocean Shores writer Victor Marsh says he was taken by surprise at his publisher’s invitation, in February, to compile and edit a book on marriage equality for same-sex partners. The result is the new collection, Speak Now: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage, launched this week and published by Melbourne’s Clouds of Magellan. ‘Most of my life I’ve travelled solo,’ Mr Marsh says. ‘Whenever the subject of marriage was raised, I was impressed by the equal-rights arguments, but I tended to brush the issue aside as irrelevant to my own status and needs.’ Through discussion with adroit Tasmanian activist Rodney Croome, Mr Marsh came to the conclusion – along with Croome’s analysis of data from a recent series of opinion polls – that the single most important factor determining respondents’ position on the issue of same-sex marriage was no longer their religion, or their income level, or education, or their political affiliation. It came down, almost without exception, to age.
The younger the respondent, the more likely it is that he/she will support the move as inevitable; the older the respondent, the less likely to accept it. Mr Marsh was surprised to find that this seems to hold true even within the so-called ‘gay community’. Mr Marsh is in his mid-60s. ‘People of my generation grew up feeling like second-class citizens. True equality was a pipe dream. And, anyway, who would want to mimic the straight world? Don’t more than 50 per cent of marriages end in divorce?’ His own ambivalence on the
issue was called into question late 2008, when he was returning from a conference in Chicago, and called in on two gay friends in southern California. ‘Greg and George were barely in their fifties and had been together for more than 26 years at the time. They had just taken advantage of a change in the California marriage laws to formalise their partnership. ‘Witnessing the dignity of their long-term partnership, I felt the injustice of their situation and saw it deserved equal respect.’ He is particularly unimpressed with religion-based arguments and two of the contributors are ministers of religion, who assert that gay marriage actually supports, rather than undermines, the institu-
tion. ‘That hoary old line about “love the sinner, not the sin” comes right out of the pages of a George Orwell dystopian novel, a classic example of doublespeak,’ Mr Marsh says. ‘How can you accuse gay people of chronic promiscuity on the one hand, and deny them the kinds of support that consolidates a relationship?’ he asks. The result is a collection of widely differing points of view. Scholarly articles and essays by famous people are interspersed with moving personal testimonials, gay and straight alike. The first launch of the book, which carries a foreword from retired High Court judge, Michael Kirby, will be at the Co-op bookshop on campus at Southern Cross Uni, on Thursday, at 3.30pm.
Byron Bay Surf Festival film night Two films from surfing’s most popular filmmakers, Taylor Steele (USA) and Andrew Kidman (Aust), will feature at the Byron Bay Surf Festival on Saturday October 22. Taylor Steele’s raw short-film surf-doco on the surfing life of the late Andy Irons has been
shown once before in Andy’s hometown on the Island of Kauai. Australian surfer, musician and artist Andrew Kidman has a current film and book release Lost in the Ether (2010). See website for full weekend schedule: www. byronbaysurffestival.com.
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The fourth annual Byron Lighthouse Run is being held this Sunday October 16. With all proceeds going to NSW Cancer Council and Charity Organisations, event organiser Lisa Parkes says more than 400 competitors have already registered, up from previous years. One of the largest teams that has been entered is the the Brisbane Run Squad, down from Queensland. The team’s leader, Renae Jones, says, ‘We only began operating our business this time last year and the Byron Lighthouse Run was the first official event we entered. ‘We have doubled our squad with 20 people entered this year, with all 10 who competed last year back again. We’re back by popular demand; all our squad members agreed it was
the most scenic and enjoyable event we entered last year.’ Locally, Byron fitness company, Stepping Stone Health and Fitness, have registered 20 participants for the fun run. David Gordon from Ray White Real Estate in Byron Bay has offered to supply each Stepping Stone team participant with finishers’ hydration drinks. Another local team entering is Brookfarm, a breakfast and health-food company. ‘Entering a couple of teams as part of the Byron Lighthouse Run is a great way for us to come together outside of work in a fun active way,’ says co-organiser Pam Brook. ‘It’s also an opportunity for us to help raise funds for the NSW Cancer Society.’ The Byron Breast Cancer Support Group’s team, Pink Power, is after members for
the run. ‘We’ll blast off at 7am, leaving behind a cloud of pink to traverse one of the most beautiful scenic walks in the world,’ says Barb Pinter, coordinator of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group. ‘After the initial blast we will calm down and either walk or run to the Lighthouse. For those not up to the 8 km run/ walk and wishing to be sup-
portive, please register for our free Banner Walk to Clarkes Beach Café and back.’ Phone the team captain Kathleen 6680 8935 or email email@example.com to get involved. The 10km run or 8km walk starts at the Byron Bay Surf Club at 7am. To enter visit www.byronrun.com or phone 0412 856 488.
International stars perform in Byron Bay Russian virtuoso pianist Natasha Vlassenko will perform with Swiss cellist Markus Stocker at Byron Music Society’s next concert at 3pm on Sunday October 16 at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, including the moving Beethoven Cello Sonata No 4 in C major, and the virtuosic Chopin Cello Sonata
in G minor will be performed. Natasha Vlassenko previously captivated Byron Bay audiences with her expressive playing when she performed here in 2009. Markus Stocker has performed in over forty countries and played with great musicians such as Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich. Tickets are on line at www.byroncentre. com.au or phone 6685 6807.
Local News Rural landholders supported by Council on LHPA review
Byron Shire Council has given support to rural landholders in its submission to the Livestock Health and Pest Authority Review. Councilâ€™s submission concurs â€˜with a widespread view of many rural landholders across NSW who are not participants in the livestock industry,â€™ and that they should be not be levied a rate by the LHPA. The submission goes on to suggest alternative models for controlling pest animals should be â€˜based on a greater use of a fee for service, [and] a bounty and public funds allocated by a competitive tendering process managed by catchment management agenciesâ€™. Cr Patrick Morrisey told The Echo, â€˜Council is not advocating that the LHPA should continue â€“ abolishing it is an option too â€“ but if it continues it should change as per the [submission].â€™ â€˜Legislative reform is needed
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because the RLP Act currently authorises the LHPA to annually rate thousands of landholders across NSW with 10 hectares or more of land that do not own livestock, often do not manage land suitable or permissible for livestock, nor own roaming â€œdeclaredâ€? vertebrate pest animals that may or may not traverse or inhabit their land,â€™ says Council.
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Reform needed â€˜Legislative reform is also needed because landholders with less than 10 hectares of land do not pay an annual LHPA rate even though they may own livestock (including horses) and may have â€œdeclaredâ€? pest animals that traverse or inhabit their land. â€˜Therefore the governmentâ€™s objectives in relation to livestock health and â€œdeclaredâ€? pest animals are not being met because rates are not always appropriately targetedâ€Śâ€™
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A local studio and producer have scored a number one on the JJJ Unearthed charts. Young Melbourne muso Woody Pitney recently recorded a four-track EP at Panoramix Studios on Coolamon Scenic Drive, and a single from the EP, Colours, then shot to number one from the popularly voted poll on JJJâ€™s website. Sound engineer Bertrand
Lalanne and musician/producer Matt Hanley, pictured, were chuffed at the result. â€˜Itâ€™s a great achievment for a young musician,â€™ said Matt. Despite a plethora of studios in the area, Panoramix Studios boasts top-end recording gear and facilities at competitive rates. Owner/operator Bertrand has also recorded local favourites, The Blackbirds, among many others. For more visit www.panoramixstudio.com.
Community College grabs national award
Byron Community College sustainability co-ordinator Katrina Shields with operations manager, Fiona Plesman, receiving the award at the Adult learning Australia conference in Melbourne.
GetUP launches anti-CSG TV campaign GetUp has produced a television advert in response to the coal-seam gas lobbyâ€™s bigbudget television blitz. The ad interviews rural families nationwide, including Murwillumbah farmer Leslie McQueen. GetUp campaigner Paul Oosting says, â€˜We donâ€™t have the money of the CSG lobby, but itâ€™s a lot cheaper to make an advert
when youâ€™re telling the truth.â€™ At last count, the organistation says $230,000 had been raised for regional areas, and needs an extra $20,000 for the major cities. Those unable to donate can add their voice to the 581,773 GetUp members who support carefully selected campaigns. For more visit www.getup. org.au.
The Byron Community College has been awarded the 2011 Community Based Adult Learning Program of the Year. The award is in recognition of how well the Collegeâ€™s programs are regarded, and was recently selected from a very competitive field by a panel of judges appointed by Adult Learning Australia. â€˜We are very proud of our range of courses in lifelong learning and vocational education, our sustainably renovated building, and our capacity to develop new initiatives for the
region,â€™ says College director Richard Vinycomb. â€˜Community colleges play a special part in the fabric of communities across NSW, and even though they receive very limited government support, those that are successful are because they are greatly valued by their own communities.â€™ The College is particularly recognised for its program â€˜Living and Working Sustainablyâ€™, which commenced over ten years ago. For more on the college, visit www.byroncollege.org.au or phone 6684 3374.
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Occupy Wall St solidarity in Byron Bay A global day of action in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St protesters will be held on Saturday October 15 in Byron Bay. â€˜We will gather at 12 noon in Railway Park in the heart of Byron Bay to express our support for this grassroots movement for positive change,â€™ says co-organiser Harsha Prabhu. â€˜This is an experiment in cocreation. Please being banners, flags, drums and good wishes for a peaceful planet with plen-
ty for all. People before profit; the earth before corporate greed. We are the 99 per cent. â€˜We will no longer remain silent.â€™ See more at http://occupywallst.org.
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