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Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

Other News

Rethinking the tourism paradigm

The past three years have been a fairly challenging time for the Byron tourism Industry, after fires, floods, and a pandemic. According to local tourism organisation, Destination Byron, now seems the right time to rethink the tourism paradigm for Byron.

Byron Shire has 200 road projects in waiting

The incoming NSW Labor government says it will spend billions on the state’s roads, but will some of the cash find its way to the hundreds of flood-ravaged roads in the Byron Shire?

Murwillumbah Fire Station needs more firefighters

There is probably not one adult who hasn’t been grateful for the job that firefighters have done in this country, particularly in the aftermath of the The 2019–20 Australian bushfires.

Call for Labor government to reinstate logging moratorium – now

North East Forest Alliance’s Dailan Pugh has pointed out that a Minns NSW Labor government has given no commitment to quick and decisive action on behalf of our forests – but we need action 'now' he says.

Ballina council contractor debt waived after company goes bust

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to write off debt owed by a failed private company initially hired to develop six industrial lots six years ago.

The search for Australia’s best public dunny is on again!

The Continence Foundation of Australia is asking for submissions to find Australia’s best public toilets as part of this year’s much-loved Great Dunny Hunt.

Final foreshore picnic?

Brunswick Heads residents are gathering at Ferry Reserve Foreshore next Sunday 27 November at 10.30am to highlight encroachment issues and the impact of road closures by Ferry Caravan Park management.

Michele and Sarah will walk, talk, discuss and answer questions about the issues and our options for retaining the foreshore as open recreational space for future generations.

This may be our last chance to picnic and play on the Ferry foreshore as the compulsory acquisition of road reserves deadline is 29 November.

There is no-one else but us to save these parks and reserves for our community!

Michele Grant

Foreshore Protection Group



Help at hand for library plan

If you’re confused about the Regional Library, you’re not alone. This Lismore City Council takeover must be downright baffling to readers and library card-holders alike.

Even councillors in all four Regional Library councils are obviously struggling to come to grips with the history, complexity and the reams of Lismore spin flying around.

One local councillor, not even a member of the Library Committee, Ballina’s Cr Jeff Johnson, has met the problem with head-on common sense that is both simple and elegant. Jeff contacted the NSW State Library directly, the department responsible for the administration of all libraries in NSW, to ask for help in finding a way forward.

By showing real initiative, he found out that the State Library will happily provide written advice to any of the four Regional Library councils free of charge. All that has to be done is to ask officially.

As a result Jeff has lodged a Notice of Motion to Ballina Council’s next meeting to officially ask the State Library ‘to advise (Ballina Council) on the future structure and management options available to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library’.

Yes, why not? I think that’s a pretty darn good idea. Get some free professional advice, right from the top.

I don’t know why the other three councils don’t do the same; after all, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Well done, Cr Jeff. I hope your Ballina colleagues take advantage of your good idea and support it unanimously this Thursday.

Alan Rich

Lennox Head


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Murwillumbah Fire Station needs more firefighters

There is probably not one adult who hasn’t been grateful for the job that firefighters have done in this country, particularly in the aftermath of the The 2019–20 Australian bushfires.

Draw your puss to win cat pack prizes

The reason cats take up so much of the collective internet space is because they are just so incredibly cute – we love them! But we don't always keep them inside when they should be.

Dental clinic celebrates 30 years in Mullum

It’s quite an achievement to own and operate a business for 30 years and more so with your life partner and that’s exactly what David and Kim Smith have done.

Working with Nature at the Living Lab

Living Lab Northern Rivers has opened their new exhibition 'Working with Nature' this week in their Lismore shopfront space, giving visitors the chance to learn more about flood mitigation strategies.