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Kingscliff locals concerned over proposal to remove trees at Merve Edwards Fields for AFL

The potential of removing trees from the Merve Edwards Fields site at Kingscliff to accommodate the Kingscliff Junior AFL Club has raised concerns of locals and neighbours who say that this is not a proposal they support. 

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Ballina council to send damning Richmond River report to ministers

A majority of Ballina Shire Councillors has voted to send a damning report on the Richmond River catchment to relevant state and federal ministers.

Live animal export

For well over 20 years, the government has been promising to stamp out the horrendous cruelty and abuses fundamental...

Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.

‘Byron Independents’ ticket announced

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon has announced his running mates for the upcoming local government elections. Cr Lyon will again contest the mayoralty, with Dr Meredith Wray, Cr Mark Swivel and former Councillor Jeannette Martin in the group.

Last Nudge for the season

It’s wrapping up with a grand finale line-up of DJs and performance talent, and they can’t wait!

Byron Shire roads update

The Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade has begun in Bangalow, says Council staff, after a false start last month.

Minister for local government Don Page is urging councils in flood-affected local government areas to get on with the job of assessing damaged roads, indicating special funding could be available to fix them if they demonstrate sufficient need.

‘The first thing councils need to do is go and assess the damage. If [it] is sufficient then they can apply to the state government for assistance and for natural disaster declaration to assist with funding,’ he told ABC radio this morning.


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Ballina Council to look into making tiny homes accessible 

The idea of living in a tiny home can seem like a simple solution to our housing crisis – but getting council approvals for a permanent tiny home on private land can be challenging. 

Council staff to look at limiting bulk and scale in Wategos  

A motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

Is this the next Bentley? New doco highlights value of Clarence River amid mining proposal

Mining plans for the region were discovered by two locals as they paddled down the Clarence River near Grafton. The question is what does it mean for the future of the Northern Rivers?

Editorial – Mining is back, baby! 

Nearly ten years ago in 2015, junior coal seam gas miner Metgasco was paid out handsomely – $25m of your tax money – after its approval to frack Bentley was fiercely fought off by thousands of well-organised protesters. But now they are back...