Nimbin Goodtimes

Nimbin Goodtimes Newspaper

Nimbin Good Times is a free monthly newspaper for the vibrant Nimbin community and the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia. With over 100 contributors, the content highlights the issues and interests of a creative, alternative culture.

The founding editor was Bob Hopkins, a prolific writer with a belief that an informed community meant a stronger community, that an open public discussion of issues meant a more thinking and considered group of people that will inevitably cause the community to get beyond the cliches and slogans that permeate and dominate the ‘alternative’ way.


Bob Hopkins was succeeded in 1999 by Peter Atkinson, and in 2004 by Bob Dooley, assisted by Sue Stock, drawing together a collection of regular contributors and layout, proofing, support and distribution people. Under this team, the paper has grown from 8 pages with 1400 copies, to a 36-page, 16,000 copy full-colour monster, with distribution throughout the Rainbow Region, from Tweed to Woodenbong, including Lismore, Byron, Kyogle, Casino and Murwillumbah.

The paper grows and evolves. The involvement of new people brings fresh approaches, interesting ideas and new ways of doing things, and the topic of future directions is always open for discussion. As long as we keep the Good Times rolling…

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Police are searching bush land and makeshift campsites along the Byron coastline today for a woman reported missing in January.

42 year Thea Liddle was last seen in Mooball, on the Tweed, in October last year, but was reported missing by her family to the Queensland Police in January.

Police say she lived a nomadic life but would always stay in contact with her family.

At the time of her disappearance, Thea was staying at a property on Tweed Valley Way, at Mooball, with a man, then-aged 46.

She is known to frequent several Far North Coast locations, including Mooball, Nimbin and Byron Bay.

Police and her family hold grave concerns for her safety as there has been no activity from her bank accounts or mobile phone since early November 2019.

As part of their investigations, detectives searched a property at Mooball in May.
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Batten down the hatches me hearties. 🌧🌩☔️🌬⛈HEAVY RAIN, STORMS, ON THE WAY - SES WARNS⛈🌬

The New South Wales State Emergency Service is urging residents to use the weekend to prepare for possible heavy rain and thunderstorms.

A low pressure system is expected to develop between the mid north coast and south coast, that may affect the Northern Rivers from Sunday.

The SES says the weather system could result in riverine and localised flash flooding from next week.

Residents can clean roofs, gutters and downpipes and trim tree branches away from property to better prepare as well as secure outdoor items and furniture.

For more advice on how to prepare for storms and floods, visit the SES Get Ready website
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This is an important article about the narrabri Gas Project that unfortunately came in too late for our July edition. The submissions for the Narrabri Gas project end on July 31st.
Gas Fields Forever
Narrabri Gas Project pursues approval for 850 CSG wells in NW NSW
By Antoinette Tombrook
Instead of “strawberry fields” it seems gas fields forever. For the NW of NSW, plans are cooking up for a giant gas field expansion stretching from the Queensland border to Dubbo. The first of seven stages will be the proposed Narrabri Gas Project with 850 wells in the Pilliga State Forest. The total gas exploration banging at the doors of farming communities marks the end of the road. Excessive amounts of emissions, pollution of rivers and aquifers, annihilation of green belts, flora and fauna, the degradation of farmland, the health of communities - these colossal gas explorations will shatter land and life like malignant tumours.
With the Narrabri wells comes the push for the 830 kilometre Hunter Gas Pipeline that will carve a corridor of 30 metres width across the land from Queensland’s Roma to Newcastle. The pipeline is conditional on the development of Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. They together swallow about $3 billion. If that amount of money would instead be invested in renewable energy, it could deliver households and businesses with clean energy and save the surrounding areas from pollution.
The shortage of supply lie
We are dished up the tale that gas is critical for domestic energy supply. In regards to the urgency that surrounds the gas projects desperate to fast-track approvals; it seems that the proponents wrestle for a spot in the fossil fuel industry. Conflicting with the cranking up of the local NSW gas well productions, the Newcastle GasDock import terminal promises to save NSW from an alleged “gas shortage” by covering 80% of NSW annual requirement with imported gas. The LNG facilities of Port Kembla have been approved to ramp up import capacity in order to supply NSW with 75% of its total market need. That’s 155% coverage of demand of gas flowing into NSW from overseas suppliers. That should make the injection of natural gas from domestic sources obsolete. On top of that, WorldOil reports that Australian exports of LNG are currently flooding the global market with a substantial surplus of gas.
Spills and fire – multiple threats
The gas economy drills shafts to nowhere. There is the legacy of abandoned wells and waste water ponds. The area of NW NSW is one of the most agriculturally productive local government areas of Australia. The Great Artesian Basin is a stable water resource that supplies farming communities in abundance. Groundwater is a critical resource. Without the 2

GAB food production in Australia is in jeopardy. The thought of a reckless fiddling with a precious resource like water is chilling. Contamination is guaranteed. Spills are inevitable. The waste water is toxic and contains levels of salt that harden the soil and stop plants from growing. Rehabilitation of exploration sites is a joke. Hazardous chemicals in ground- and surface water are already exterminating life.
In addition we have the looming risk of fires. It seems the gas companies like to play with fire. The flares that burn even in a total fire ban impose a huge risk to bush fires which have only recently ravaged the Pilliga so powerfully that the forest burned bare. Burning bores and bubbling rivers are proof of methane entering water reservoirs to a degree that is hazardous to health and in igniting fires. Wells and pipelines leak. The flares propel fugitive emissions with up to 250 different toxic chemicals. One of the components for example is the radioactive caesium 137. Residents complain about serious health problems and children are affected from neurological problems to cancer. Iconic natural areas are under threat. The Pilliga forest would have to brace for the spread of a virus of hundreds of wells, threatening extinction for the vulnerable Pilliga mouse, koalas, wallabies and the wedge tailed eagle. To risk any or all of that is environmental vandalism.
Man-made is stoppable
The Grains Research and Development Corporation, commissioned by the Australian Government, recommends “adapting agricultural practises” (…) to respond to changing environmental conditions,” (…) “in order to maintain resilient and profitable food systems.” (GRDC Update Papers, 13/03/2020). The Bellata region, between Narrabri and Moree, and one of the gas hot spots to be, is experiencing extreme temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius 4% of the time, while the Bellata rainfall has declined over the years. Last summer, 2018/19, temperature records were broken inside 90 days in over 200 locations. The same paper attributes the droughts and heat waves to anthropogenic climate change and acknowledges that heatwaves will come thick and fast if GHG emissions keep rising. “There is at least 95% confidence that humans are the main cause of global warming.” (IPCC, 2018)
On the brink
This is a fight for Australia, a fight for Mother Earth. The consequences of exposing gases and fuels to the atmosphere are far reaching. From the Great Artesian Basin to the Great Barrier Reef, the industry is a beast that has to be conquered before the celebrated Australian bush will be ruined for good, before the extinction insanity robs the country of its amazing native species. We are on the brink of that scenario now.
The drilling into aquifers and rock layers of the earth is upsetting the spiritual connection to the land, a most troubling consequence of gas exploration. The layers have been formed in prehistoric times, periods that have enabled life on earth being the powerful launch pads for biological life. Processes of millions of years were necessary to give birth to the ecological diversity the planet is unique for. We owe our existence to these processes that lay witness in the subterranean seams. Drilling gas wells into sites of high spiritual value is a sacrilege. 3

Make your voice heard
CSG exploration is a daunting issue and citizens concerned feel the injustice of misguided decisions by politicians that are nothing but a slap in the face of their constituents. Wherever you look community groups have sprung up in response to the CSG risk, actively defending their livelihoods, homes and families.
The NSW Planning Department has recommended and approved the application for the Narrabri Gas Project. The proposal has been referred to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for final approval. Submissions are now open.
Please, write submissions to the IPC. Submissions close 31 July 2020.
You may wish to attend the Public Hearing on 20-24 July 2020. Register online by 10 July 2020.
For dates and webinars go to CSG Free North or Lock the Gate Look out for the submissions guide if you have not submitted already and need some assistance.
Antoinette Tombrook is a freelance writer and resident of the Northern Rivers, NSW.
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The survival rate of captive-born Bellinger River Snapping Turtles released into the wild has exceeded expectations of a team trying to save the critically endangered species.

The Bellinger River Snapping Turtle was nearly wiped out by a freak virus in 2015.

So far, about 75 percent of the 20 turtles released into the Bellinger River over the past two years have survived during the state government's Saving our Species program.

Project officer, Gerry McGilvray says her team have been regularly monitoring the progress of the released turtles, and plan to release more into the Bellinger River later this year.

She says the team initially expected about half of the turtles to live.

"We're extremely happy to be working on such a program where we've been able to get results like these. Not all species programs are successful," Ms McGilveray says.

"If we can keep releasing turtles back into the wild and support the surviving adults to reach breeding age then we should be able to reach the population numbers that we saw prior to the disease event back in 2015. "
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Please have a read of what Boggabri farmer, Sally Hunter has to say about a new coal mine that threatens her region, then show Sally that you'll stand with her by making a submission to the IPC on the Vickery coal mine project:

"We have grave concerns about the potential approval of the Vickery Extension Project. We feel this will be, on the whole, vastly more detrimental to the region than beneficial.

We are highly concerned that this approval would further embed our region in an industry that is declining, risking businesses and families who make financial and life decisions based on an industry that has a very limited lifespan. These decisions should be based on renewable industries that rely on an infinite energy source such as wind and sun and offer ongoing jobs and industry, forever.

We're very concerned about living with the water impacts of this mine and in conjunction with the other mines in the region, which is a highly water constrained. Our experience is that the proposed conditions of consent are far from a safeguard for the community and at the hands of a repeat environmental offender, as Whitehaven has proven to be, we have absolutely no faith that this crucial resource will be protected and used safely and wisely.

Finally, we state that in these times, we simply cannot afford to approve any new coal mines. Any further increase in our carbon footprint is simply unacceptable to our children and our future generations as the severe impacts of a changing climate bite into our lives, our businesses, our industries and our environment." Sally Hunter, Boggabri farmer, NW, NSW.
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June edition of Nimbin GoodTimes has now been uploaded to the web and can be read online. So your friends interstate or O/S  can now enjoy it.
Whoops, we stuffed up!

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s major.

In the May edition, we put the wrong ad in for Uri Ross, due to a production error.

Really sorry about that, Uri.

It’s been fixed in the web edition, but for those wanting to check Uri’s great selection of properties on offer, see below for his current ad.

You can also find him at:
Hi Everyone! The Nimbin GoodTimes May edition is now online at  Hope you enjoy it.
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It's times like these we can rely on the eternal wisdom of those Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers 🥴 If your local distribution outlet is closed, you will be able to find our April edition available online on our website from Friday, for more tips on how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
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