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Tallowood Estate open space deal on hold

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Breaking bad promises

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Wallum update: protectors at the ready

The fight to save the Wallum heathland in Brunswick Heads has gone into overdrive, with dozens of locals staunchly holding the line on-site, while thousands more lobby state and federal politicians in pursuit of permanent protection.

A True Pioneer in Deep House

Embark on a musical journey with Osunlade, a true pioneer in deep house and nu-jazz, as he graces the stage at The Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on March 9 for a three-hour extended set.

Plan for looming battery crisis

Industry-led voluntary schemes will fail to address the environmental risks arising from battery disposal, according to the Total Environment Centre, as they release a plan for urgent regulation to establish an effective, mandatory product stewardship scheme to safely collect and recycle all battery types in Australia.

Save Wallum protesters celebrate community support

A localised community campaign against development on ecologically sensitive land at Brunswick Heads continues, with more than 300 protestors said to have been on site over the weekend.

Federal infrastructure and transport minister Anthony Albanese will officially open the new $640 million Ballina bypass six months ahead of schedule.

The minister will be joined by Page MP Janelle Saffin, Ballina MP Don Page and Ballina Shire mayor Phil Silver.

The opening of section two comes after completion of the first stage of the upgrade, from Cumbalum to Ross Lane, in March and the opening of the Teven Road roundabout in May.

The final stage of the Ballina bypass upgrade, which includes a new connection to the Bruxner Highway, will be completed in early 2012, weather permitting, a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

At the time it was first mooted the RTA indicated it was the most difficult piece of road construction ever undertaken in Australia. Specialist methods had to be used to drain ground water around Cumbalum.

Image: Aerial shot of the new Teven Road Interchange


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