Oct 4: Bellingen Shire Council joined 47 other councils across Australia in voting to explicitly support marriage equality, passing a motion to fly rainbow banners and engage with the local LGBTQI community, particularly the youth, by holding a public event. Council also voted to go ahead with a planning proposal to require DAs for new blueberry farms, unless they meet specified exemption criteria. ‘“Blueberries are not unwelcome here, we just want our blueberries green,” Cr Jennie Fenton said.
Oct 11: Dorrigo prepared to conduct a unique centenary commemoration of a major World War 1 battle involving local men and horses, the charge at Beersheba on October 31, 1917, known as “the last successful cavalry charge in British military history”.
Oct 18: Two casual waitresses at Embers Woodfired Restaurant in Urunga were very glad of their first aid training when a customer had a heart attack during dinner with family and friends and they were able to keep him alive with CPR until an ambulance arrived.
Oct 25: Overnight in Bellingen a rainbow crossing appeared in place of the zebra one on Hyde St, running from the pharmacy on the south side to the IGA on the north, with both ends carrying the text ‘Love is love’. Council was not delighted, saying: “The defaced crossing made pedestrians vulnerable and provided no legal means for their protection in crossing Hyde Street” and instructing workers to repaint it.