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Tripling water harvesting may leave local communities dry

The NSW government was looking to do catchment by catchment analysis to determine the risk to local water supply and rivers from the new rules on water harvesting rights.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Lismore Council votes to workshop temporary dwellings

With so many prongs currently on the disaster response fork, it's hard to know if Lismore Council is robbing Peter to pay Pauline as voting on leapfrogging issues means there is a possibility that everyone could lose – or win.

Wallaby death SGB

To the family that allowed their large black dog to repeatedly attack and maul the beautiful wallaby on South...

Creating homelessness

Having lived for 80 years on Argyle Street with a history of family living from number 1 to number...

Temporary accommodation sites for flood-affected communities

The New South Wales Government has this just announced nine temporary accommodation sites across the Northern Rivers region to house flood-affected residents, with more to come.

Releasing the chokehold on Australia’s water

What the trading of 40 gigalitres of water from the Barmah Choke means for the Murray Darling Basin.

Tweed tourism businesses have experienced an unexpected boom with some retailers reporting best-ever trading results.

Local cafes and restaurants have done a roaring trade over the last few weeks and although business is slowly easing off, owners said they were very happy with the results.

Local caravan parks were packed to the rafters and the more upmarket accommodation providers also reported steady trading.

Retailers in Kingscliff benefitted from ‘erosion tourism’ and experienced an increase in visitors keen to see the damage storms have done to the beach.

However, businesses which rely on the traditional big Christmas-gift spending spree have been disappointed by lacklustre sales.

Retailers at Tweed City said the expected stampede before Christmas and at the Boxing Day sales did not eventuate; however, the situation had not been disastrous either.

Customers focused on gifts for the kids this year and seemed less interested in buying presents for adults, according to one Tweed City retailer.


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SCU to house temporary accommodation for flood-affected residents

Temporary homes will be located at Southern Cross University (SCU) Lismore Campus as part of the NSW government's program to provide 800 temporary housing options for flood-affected people.

Secret agreements and done deals

Government and Byron Council refuse to explain details around temporary accommodation plans

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