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Hipockethipy

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Kiora Cyburbanites,

Great site and discussion group!!

To introduce myself...originally from New Zealand I came over to Australia about 7 years ago. I studied environmental science and have become a Strategic Town Planner in local government on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. Previous to working in local govt I spent some time working for the State Department of Planning and a private planning consultancy, but in all I have just over two years experience in "the real world", and lovin it.

The Far North Coast is a beachy place experiencing major growth and tourism related pressures, and politics.....ahhh....politics (much the same anywhere no doubt). While the area I live in now is in many ways idillic (mild climate, golden beaches, and pretty laid back), I yearn to return to my homeland...hopefully in a couple of years. I am enjoying your pictures JNL, keep it up - help stave off the homesickness :)

The photo is of our backyard (and no we are just renting....dam!)

Good to be here :-}
 

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JNA

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welcome, glad you found us.
From northshore of the Ohio River in Indiana.
and yes, you can be on the northshore and be Kentucky.
 

Cardinal

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Welcome from Wisconsin, where we are looking out at three inches of pure white snow... and three degrees (Farenheit).
 

SGB

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Welcome from somewhere between south central and central New York state, USA.

:)
 

Zenith

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Hello from 033°52'59"S 151°13'00"E - of course further south of the Tropic of Cap., yet very hot this summer. :-c
 

JNL

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Welcome Hipockethipy - good to have a fellow Kiwi on board!

I've got more photos from my recent holiday to upload at some stage - some from Akaroa and Picton :)

What's the story behind the name Hipockethipy?
 

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Greetings from the north shore of the mighty Ohio River, Indiana side :)

I can't say that the view from your rented place is too hard on the eyes.
Enjoy Cyburbia!
 

mendelman

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Welcome from the presently cold lands along southern Lake Michigan
 

Richmond Jake

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Welcome from the snowy and cold land of famous edible tubers. :b:
 

Rem

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Hello and welcome. You need to tell us where on the north Coast you are. I used to live in Lismore BTW and would be interested in sharing some impressions.
 

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Welcome to our corner of the web!

Your backyard looks like the type of place I'd like to spend the winter... er, summer... whaterver.
 

PlannerByDay

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A hardy "HELLO" from a snow covers and very cold Midwest Great Lakes State.

The picture from your backyard looks amazing.

Welcome
 

Hipockethipy

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JNL - Hipockethipy is short for "Hip pocket hippy", a reference to a previous incarnation of mine (in this lifetime) and that although my perspective has changed some, I keep it my hip pocket ;)

REM - I live in Ballina. The North Coast is certainly an interesting place, particularly planning-wise. I welcome you discussion :)
 

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Hipockethipy said:
REM - I live in Ballina. The North Coast is certainly an interesting place, particularly planning-wise. I welcome you discussion :)
You were the town next door(tm) when I was doing my practice year. I worked at Richmond River Shire before it became Richmond Valley (after amalgamation with Casino). Another student worked and lived in Ballina at the same time. I played Rugby at Ballina a few times, before the new fields were built and was back up there in 2002 for a reunion/40th birthday for one of the few people who didn't move away. We stayed in a B&B in a renovated convent, in town, that was pretty sweet. If you are at Ballina Council I may know one of your colleagues (wife of former Rugby team mate). Let me know and I will PM you.

Harking back to your hippy days, I actually worked on a multiple occupancy development on the eastern side of the highway south of Woodburn. Also had to go out and regulate a couple of unofficial ones - wasn't a high priority of the Council though as they didn't cause too much trouble.

I thought your picture above looked a bit like the beach on the Lennox side of town (but didn't want to embarass myself with a guess). Is that the case?
 

Hipockethipy

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Rem said:
You were the town next door(tm) when I was doing my practice year. I worked at Richmond River Shire before it became Richmond Valley (after amalgamation with Casino). Another student worked and lived in Ballina at the same time. I played Rugby at Ballina a few times, before the new fields were built and was back up there in 2002 for a reunion/40th birthday for one of the few people who didn't move away. We stayed in a B&B in a renovated convent, in town, that was pretty sweet. If you are at Ballina Council I may know one of your colleagues (wife of former Rugby team mate). Let me know and I will PM you.
Yes I am with Ballina Council, and i lived in Lismore for a few years while I was studying.

Rem said:
Harking back to your hippy days, I actually worked on a multiple occupancy development on the eastern side of the highway south of Woodburn. Also had to go out and regulate a couple of unofficial ones - wasn't a high priority of the Council though as they didn't cause too much trouble.
Hmm, the matter of MOs is certainly a sticky one, and one which I have largely taken a double-flip on, since my "hippy-days". I think the concept has merit if it has a reasonable component of agricultural/rural industry or conservation functions, however few seem to do this (although I have stayed on one near The Channon), instead most around these parts are just very large lot subdivisions, which are car dependent, introduce enviromental weeds, pets, conflict with rural enterprises etc etc, as no doubt you know only too well. I have turned into quite the cyburbanite.

Rem said:
I thought your picture above looked a bit like the beach on the Lennox side of town (but didn't want to embarass myself with a guess). Is that the case?
The photo is taken overlooking lighthouse beach and the breakwalls at Ballina.
 
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