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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

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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Power outage in Byron Shire

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