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Anchor / Executive Producer: Mia Armitage

Contributors: Anny Reed; Rob Osborne; Dr John Jiggens; Kate Payne; Sean O’Shannessy (Environmental As Anything, RIver FM); Suzie Fawcet; Jim Beatson; Fernando de Freitas; Julie Beesley; Michelle Michels; Jodee Sydney; Dione Green;  Riddhi; Eve Sinton; Giles Parkinson; The Wire; National Radio News Service; Community Radio Network

Pic: student climate action strike in Byron, 2019 – Michelle Michels

 

 

21 Jun 2024, 11pm

21 Jun 2024, 11pm Community Newsroom Save Wallum protestors say developer’s security staff videoing and heckling them Features Save Wallum campaigner and Bayside resident living opposite planned estate Linda Sandstrom Reporter: Mia Armitage PIC: Save Wallum campaigners outside Byron Local Court (supplied)

21 Jun 2024, 11pm

21 Jun 2024, 11pm Community Newsroom Wallum Estate developer hires specialist protest security guards in determination to ‘get on with the job’ Features; Clarence Property CEO Simon Kennedy Reporter: Mia Armitage PIC: Contractor machinery on-site at planned Wallum Estate (Tree Faerie, Echo Publications)

21 Jun 2024, 11pm

21 Jun 2024, 11pm Community Newsroom Shout-out for sleeping-bags and tents for Byron’s rough sleepers as Winter Solistice arrives Features: Byron Community Centre General Manger Louise O’Connell Reporter: Mia Armitage PIC: a rough sleeper's hideaway (PIC supplied)

21 Jun 2024, 11pm

21 Jun 2024, 11pm Community Newsroom Lismore right to occupy advocates feeling positive after latest meeting with Reconstruction Authority Features: House You founding member Chels Hood Withey; Southern Cross University law lecturer and North Lismore buyback approved resident Aiden Rickets; Disaster survivor and occupier Rio Grant Beresford Reporter: Mia Armitage PIC: Protest sign in North Lismore (Mia Armitage, figure not verified)

21 Jun 2024, 11pm

21 Jun 2024, 11pm Community Newsroom From Italy to Lismore’s floodplain: voices from the occupy movement NB: full version (original to air version was cut slightly short) Features: Reclaim our Recovery founding member and buyback approved Lismore resident Miriam Torzillo; travellers and 70 Pine Street occupiers Danielle and Ben; North Lismore floodplain resident Duncan; North Lismore resident and disaster survivor Antoinette Reporter: Mia Armitage PiC: Lismore occupy movement advocates at 70 Pine Street (L-R): Duncan, Ben, Miriam Torzillo, Danielle, Antoinette (Mia Armitge, last names withheld on request)

21 Jun 2024, 10pm

21 Jun 2024, 10pm Community Newsroom Save Wallum campaigners against development on ecologically sensitive land at Brunswick Heads in the Byron Shire say private security guards are videoing and intimidating them at their protest camp on-site, we hear from Linda Sandstrom, who lives opposite the planned estate and doesn’t want it to go ahead.  We also hear a response from Clarence Property CEO Simon Kennedy, who says the developer just wants to get on with the job. It’s Winter Solstice this weekend and just when you thought the declared housing crisis couldn’t get any more dire, local homelessness service The Fletcher Street Cottage is doing a shout-out for sleeping bags and tents. Meanwhile, the desperation and determination for a right to housing continues on Lismore’s floodplain, where flood damaged houses bought back by the government through its Resilient Homes Program are being occupied. We meet with a group of people in what might be dubbed the ‘occupy Lismore’ movement, ranging from travellers to longtime locals and buyback recipients unsure of their futures, before finding out how their latest meeting with the NSW Reconstruction Authority went as part of their quest for licences to occupy. Save Wallum protestors say developer’s security staff videoing and heckling them featuring Save Wallum campaigner and Bayside resident living opposite planned estate Linda Sandstrom Wallum Estate developer hires specialist protest security guards in determination to ‘get on with the job’ featuring Clarence Property CEO Simon Kennedy Shout-out for sleeping-bags and tents for Byron’s rough sleepers as Winter Solistice arrives featuring Byron Community Centre General Manger Louise O’Connell From Italy to Lismore’s floodplain: voices from the occupy movementfeaturing Reclaim our Recovery founding member and buyback approved Lismore resident Miriam Torzillo; travellers and 70 Pine Street occupiers Danielle and Ben; North Lismore floodplain resident Duncan; North Lismore resident and disaster survivor Antoinette Lismore right to occupy advocates feeling positive after latest meeting with Reconstruction Authority featuring House You founding member Chels Hood Withey; Southern Cross University law lecturer and North Lismore buyback approved resident Aiden Rickets; Disaster survivor and occupier Rio Grant Beresford Northern Rivers News with Anny Reed *producer: Mia Armitage. Reports produced by Mia Armitage unless otherwise indicated.Tune in to the Community Newsroom on Fridays from 11am-12 on Bay FM 99.9 or listen online at bayfm.org Facebook: Community Newsroom NRN PIC: Lismore occupy movement advocates at 70 Pine Street (L-R): Duncan, Ben, Miriam Torzillo, Danielle, Antoinette (Mia Armitge, last names withheld on request)

18 Jun 2024, 9pm

18 Jun 2024, 9pm Community Newsroom The Byron Shire Council is seeking community input on  staff proposal to connect Mullumbimby’s water to the Rous County Council supply. The town is unique in the shire in that it has its own water supply dating back about a century and some residents don’t want it lost. Today we hear from Mullumbimby Residents Association member and Byron Shire Council Water and Sewer Advisory Committee member Ben Fawcett. Features: Mullumbimby Residents Association member and Byron Shire Council Water and Sewer Advisory Committee member Ben Fawcett Reporter: Nell Schofield (Road Trip, Bay FM) PIC: Lavertys Gap Weir (supplied)

18 Jun 2024, 9pm

18 Jun 2024, 9pm Community Newsroom From the future of Lismore's heritage arcades to the hard wood in old timber homes, there is a lot worth saving as the region tries to rebuild and recover from the 2022 disasters. Today we hear from Dr Elizabeth Mossop of the Living Lab, a visionary project for the region's planning and development, especially in Lismore. Features: Southern Cross University Professor of Landscape Architecture and The Living Lab co-leader Dr Elizabeth Mossop Reporter: Mia Armitage PIC: Lismore flood, looking north (David Lowe, Echo Publications)

18 Jun 2024, 9pm

18 Jun 2024, 9pm Community Newsroom The Byron Shire Council is seeking community input on a staff proposal to connect Mullumbimby’s water to the Rous County Council supply. The town is unique in the shire in that it has its own water supply dating back about a century and some residents don’t want it lost. Today we hear from Mullumbimby Residents Association member and Byron Shire Council Water and Sewer Advisory Committee member Ben Fawcett. Our recent focus on Lismore’s disaster recovery continues, today we hear from Dr Elizabeth Mossop of the Living Lab, a visionary project for the town’s planning and development. We also meet an expert in wildlife tourism in the leadup to a conference happening in the Tweed Shire later this year. The industry has changed a lot over recent decades: morning tea with a chimpanzee, anyone? Local pressure to save Mullum’s separate water supply featuring Mullumbimby Residents Association member and Byron Shire Council Water and Sewer Advisory Committee member Ben Fawcett (Nell Schofield) The Living Lab: trying to influence government for a stronger Lismore featuring The Living Lab co-leader, Southern Cross University Professor Elizabeth Mossop From tea with chimpanzees to eco tours in Byron: wildlife tourism’s evolution featuring Wildlife Tourism Association Australia Chair Dr Ronda Green Northern Rivers News with Anny Reed *producer: Mia Armitage. Reports produced by Mia Armitage unless otherwise indicated.Tune in to the Community Newsroom on Fridays from 11am-12 on Bay FM 99.9 or listen online at bayfm.org Facebook: Community Newsroom NRN PIC: Mullumbimby water supply at Laverty’s Gap weir (supplied)

7 Jun 2024, 11pm

7 Jun 2024, 11pm Community Newsroom Save Wallum protestors face court; Buyback houses could be auctioned off; Partner of missing Mullum man issues heartfelt plea; Assange doco to screen again in Byron We find out what happened when representatives of people occupying houses sold to the NSW Reconstruction Authority met with the agency last week and hear of some possible auctions to happen. Meanwhile, more Save Wallum protestors against development on ecologically sensitive land in Brunswick Heads have faced court, we hear of the outcomes and reactions from campaigners. 31-year-old Mullumbimby man Gage Wilson has been missing nearly three weeks, we hear a special plea from his partner Sally Law today and there’s to be another screening of the Julian Assange documentary The Trustfall in Byron next week, we catch up with filmmaker Kym Staton, who will be at the screening. Save Wallum campaigner buoyed by protestor court outcomes featuring Save Wallum campaigner Svea Pittman Houses bought-back under NSW Resilient Homes Program could be auctioned off, say Reclaim our Recovery campaigners featuring Reclaim our Recovery members Miriam Torzillo and Andrew George Partner of missing Mullum man Gage Wilson issues heartfelt plea featuring Sally Law, partner to Gage Wilson Assange doco to screen again in Byron with filmmaker Kym Staton featuring The Trustfall filmmaker Kym Staton Northern Rivers News with Anny Reed *producer: Mia Armitage. Reports produced by Mia Armitage unless otherwise indicated.Tune in to the Community Newsroom on Fridays from 11am-12 on Bay FM 99.9 or listen online at bayfm.org Facebook: Community Newsroom NRNPIC: Missing Mullumbimby man Gage Wilson (PIC FB)