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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

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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.

Corrie’s Frock Shop safe in family hands

Fifty-four years is a long time to be in the workforce let alone in the one business in the one town, but that is how Corrie van Dommele has spent most of her adult life – at Corrie's Frock Shop in Ballina, but now she is about to call it quits.

Rosebank’s Rainbow Temple referred to the Land & Environment Court

Lismore City Council say they have referred the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank to the Land & Environment Court after the owner repeatedly declined to submit a Development Application and associated documentation for the development.  

Do you still need help to get two rooms fixed after the 2022 flood?

More than 80 Lismore residents have had help getting a few rooms in their flood-impacted homes re-sheeted and habitable...

Regulation essential

I would like to sincerely thank the nearly 6,000 people in our community who signed the ‘Byron Deserves Balance’...

Tamara Smith returned to Ballina’s Greens seat

Last night a packed Suffolk Park Hotel exploded with cheers at around 8pm when the ABC broadcast computer popped up a Green result for Ballina and the return of Tamara Smith to the seat she has held for the last eight years.

As media moguls and mining magnates jostle for potential control of Australian media, the time is ripe for people in regional areas to acknowledge the significant role played by our national broadcasters: ABC and SBS.

It is increasingly important for the public to have access to independent media outlets, untainted by commercial imperatives. Together, the ABC and SBS provide a thorough analysis of national and local issues, an Australian perspective on world events, access to foreign-language news and films, high-quality Australian drama and support for local performers, filmmakers and writers. They actively reflect the cultural diversity of our nation.

Without SBS and the ABC there would be little reporting of sports such as soccer, cycling or any forms of women’s sport; there would be little discussion of religion or ethics; little reporting of scientific or rural issues; and limited access to classical music. The vast network of ABC regional stations provides vital information in times of national disaster.

For those who agree with these sentiments, there is a seminar at Bangalow A&I Hall starting at 2pm on Saturday 18 February, where a range of people from the Northern Rivers will express their support for the national broadcasters in the presence of two federal members (Janelle Saffin, MP for Page and Justine Elliot, MP for Richmond). Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Neville Jennings, Kingscliff (President, Northern Rivers Friends of the ABC)

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Appeal to locate man last seen at Casino on way to Tweed

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man from Grafton missing from the North Coast area.

Do you still need help to get two rooms fixed after the 2022 flood?

More than 80 Lismore residents have had help getting a few rooms in their flood-impacted homes re-sheeted and habitable following the devastating 2022 floods.  The...

$15,000 fine and warnings over illegal logging in Kyogle Shire

Urbenville-based logging company Rojech Pty Ltd were fined $15,000 earlier this month over logging operations near the entrance to the Border Ranges National Park in Kyogle Shire.

No street gathering policy for Ballina Shire

A majority of Ballina Shire councillors have voted against a Greens-led motion for a new policy enabling resident-led street closures for gatherings and play.