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Originally published 14Oct2008




TONIGHT – Organics and Community Food Systems: Community Film and Forum Night at Mullum Council Chambers (the Round House). 6 – 8.30 pm celebrating National Organic Week.

The evening will commence with the short film 'Think Global, Eat Local: A Diet For A Sustainable Society'. The film celebrates local food projects in communities around the world - farmers markets, food box systems, food coops, community farms, community gardens and school gardens, touching on many of the issues caused by our current unsustainable food systems and providing strategies for relocalisation. Following the film, hear a series of inspiring presentations from local farmers and sustainability experts then join the interactive forum to discuss organics and sustainable food systems as a means of relocalisation. Speakers include Tim Winton and local farmer Alasdair Smithson, chaired by Jan Barham.

RAID RALLY – SYDNEY – Sunday 19 October. Meeting at Hyde Park (St James Station) at 10am: will be community groups from all over NSW – all of them angry about recent changes to Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act), particularly Part 3A, which has given extraordinary powers to the Planning Minister to override local councils, community wishes and expert opinion as well as blithely ignoring issues of sustainability and climate change.

Speakers include Jack Mundey, Shane Withington, speakers from political parties, National Trust, National Parks Association, and community groups – Currawong, Sandon Point, Catherine Hill Bay and many others (see the main RAID website).

Sue Higginson from the EDO (Environmental Defenders Office, Lismore) has written a paper concerning the integration of considerations of ESD, BASIX Climate change and offsets (Bio banking) into the Environmental Assessment process. (view via

Sue explains what the new Clause 3A to the EPA Act means, that inappropriate developments which can adversely impact the environment are now mostly assessed under Part 3A of the EPA Act and issues of climate change and sustainability are "simply not provided for".

In other words, the Minister can approve Woolworths Development application in Mullum even with sewage capacity for a single bedroomed house
3; not to mention all the other disastrous issues involved with this application.

Deborah and Robert will travel to Sydney to support the rally and fly the banner "MULLUMBIMBY – SHAFTED BY THE STATE GOV"
Donations towards our costs, however small, may be made at Southern Cross Credit Union, BSB 802 185 a/c 132418 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby (account: Mullumbimby Community Action Network - type S10).

WWS PLANS – still no news yet on whether Minister Katrina Keneally has approved these.


MOBILE PHONE RESEARCH: Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that todays youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life.
"Study: mobile phone use raises children"s risk of brain cancer fivefold" (also cordless phones and wi-fi).

Article in The Age "Behind the smoke, Byron Bay is just another Theme Park"

JOHN LENNON"s birthday celebration at Strawberry Fields NY: movie on YouTube.

"A day without laughter is a day wasted" – Charlie Chaplin


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