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Silent or Selfish? Local protesters return to the NSW-Qld border to “Reclaim the Line”

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The protest shifted to Captain Cook Memorial at Point Danger

Silent or Selfish? Local protesters return to the NSW-Qld border to “Reclaim the Line”

By Margaret Dekker

Hundreds of white-clad protestors including teachers, tradies, firefighters and nurses have walked the length of Boundary Street in Tweed Heads-Coolangatta in what organisers described as ‘a peaceful, safe and silent protest’ against mandatory vaccinations.
Retired Qantas Pilot Graham Hood addressed the gathering saying he was compelled to don his old uniform – now bearing the slogan ‘Reclaim the Line’ – after Qantas mandated all its staff be vaccinated.

Retired Qantas pilot, Graham Hood, speaks against mandatory vaccination

Retired Qantas pilot, Graham Hood, speaks against mandatory vaccination

“Bull! And the next thing that got me riled up was when Scott Morrison said we don’t do mandates in this country, we’re a free country, we rely on our citizens to get informed consent! Well, your citizens are going to take this country back,” Graham Hood said to cheering and applause.
The throng of both New South Wales and Queensland residents then headed east up Boundary Street to the Captain Cook Memorial at Point Danger, with many scribbling their profession and years of work on the back of white clothing to make their personal position known.
Central to protestors concerns are lack of information about a vaccination some believe is ‘still in trial stage;’ the rise of a ‘no jab no job’ policy in Australian workplaces; and vaccine passports.
“Choice without coercion is a human right,” one placard read.
“It’s just our way of life as we once knew it, disappearing before our very eyes!!!” another wrote.
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest denounced the protest as inappropriate, and the protesters “quite selfish” for choosing to protest without social distancing and most without masks during a pandemic.

A teacher and IT worker personalise white clothing in silent protest

A teacher and IT worker personalise white clothing in silent protest

He also disputed claims the vaccines’ ingredients were unknown and said information could be found on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
“I respect anyone’s right to express their views and there is an appropriate way to do that,” Geoff Provest MP said.
The Tweed protest was one of a number of #ReclaimtheLine protests held simultaneously around the country – including in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth – at 11am last Friday, October 1.

Clarence Valley News

Second death in custody at new jail

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Second death in custody at new jail

By Tim Howard

A 29-year-old inmate has died at Clarence Correctional Centre on June, the second man to die in custody at the jail in the past six weeks.
The man, identified as Dictor Mayen Dongrin, was due to front Coffs Harbour Local Court the following day on two charges of common assault, one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two of stalking and intimidation. 
A spokesperson for the jail operator Serco said Mr Dongrin was found unresponsive in a medical holding room by staff around 1.30pm and was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after.
Serco, Corrective Services NSW and NSW Police were investigating the incident.
All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest.
Mr Dongrin was also involved in a apprehended domestic violence hearing with another family member
The court has ceased all proceedings involving Mr Dongrin because of his death.
The spokesperson said Serco extends its condolences to the family and friends of the man.

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FUNDING BONANZA FOR OUR NEW FESTIVAL AT COFFS HARBOUR

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FUNDING BONANZA FOR OUR NEW FESTIVAL Coffs Harbour Education Campus

FUNDING BONANZA FOR OUR NEW FESTIVAL

The Big Bonanza festival, to be held for the first time on the Coffs Coast in November, will now be even bigger thanks to $200,000 in funding from the NSW Government.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said he is pleased the Festival organiser, Gig Big, has received this significant support from the Regional Events Acceleration Fund.

FUNDING BONANZA FOR OUR NEW FESTIVAL Coffs Harbour Education Campus

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh, The Big Bonanza festival director Ben Lewis and Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Paul Amos at today’s announcement at CHEC playing fields.

“The Big Bonanza is a two-day music, comedy and food festival to be held at Coffs Harbour Education Campus playing fields on 4 and 5 November,” Mr Singh said.

“The funding will help with the staging of this live entertainment extravaganza – in particular securing the headline music and comedy artists including Wolfmother, You Am I, Dave Hughes and Judith Lucy, and for temporary event infrastructure which will improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability.

“The Big Bonanza is anticipated to be a major drawcard for Coffs Coast locals and visitors, which will help to boost our local economy.”

Mr Singh said the Regional Events Acceleration Fund is supporting the growth of existing regional events and attracting new major domestic and international events.

Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Councillor Paul Amos said: “Not only does Coffs have the Big Banana, but now we have The Big Bonanza coming to our world-class CHEC in November this year. This is yet another flagship event for the Coffs Coast and another feather in our cap adding more colour to the year-round events calendar.

“We know how to stage big events and our community knows how to have a great time, bring on The Big Bonanza,” Cr Amos said.

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Oasis Park Development Halted

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Oasis Park Development Halted

 

Story by Lara Leahy

 

Plans were submitted for an extreme sports facility to be built at Carool to go with an existing DA for health retreat style accommodation.  Last week, Tweed Shire Council voted to refuse the Development Application for the park.

 

The initial DA for 35 cabins, and 5 rooms, also include a 4-bedroom site management house and attached granny flat has not yet been issued with a construction certificate.  The latest DA is for indoor and outdoor facilities for sports including motocross, mountain biking, skateboarding as well as gym and trampolining facilities spread over 18,902m2. Between the proposals, there was confusion as per the use of the facilities and how much would service the patrons vs public use.

 

There are 11 reasons council gave to turn the new development down.  Included in which is incomplete information on stormwater management, bushfire risk research as well as risk to potential existing indigenous heritage.  Inadequate infrastructure, such as sewerage, electricity, and car parking were also cited as concerns.

 

Issues regarding noise and light that would see up to 60 patrons visiting a day and up to 200 over 4 annual events were not addressed by the submission.  It was unclear how much of the clientele was to be from public use as opposed to visiting patrons.

 

A large concern was raised in regarding its visual amenity, with two large block sheds at the peak of the development, breaking up the sight lines of the surrounding hills.  The large amount of concrete, asphalt and exposed earthworks were also not considered to be in keeping with the “picturesque hills of Carool.”

 

One of the two sheds were over the height limit stipulated by council, causing interest for the airspace above the shed.  “The application was referred to the Gold Coast Airport Authority as the site has a ground level above the relevant Obstacle Limitation Surface Contour and therefore the development would breach this plane. The Gold Coast Airport Authority advised a full assessment would be required.”

 

Other incomplete information included traffic studies as well as flora and fauna impact contributing to the hesitancy to provide support for the development. Public concern was also considered when 18 of the 21 public responses received in regard to the development found to have objections to the proposal.

 

Two options were presented to council, to refuse the DA or to present them with an opportunity to provide further information.  Due to inconsistencies and inadequacies with the assessment of the works, council officers recommended the first option and refused the DA.  It was found that the “development proposal is not consistent with the Aims of Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014 to promote the responsible sustainable management and conservation of Tweed’s natural and environmentally sensitive areas and waterways, visual amenity and scenic routes, built environment, and cultural heritage.”

 

The DA report and associated documentation is available on the Tweed Shire Council website.

 

 

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