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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

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North Coast Festival of Flavour

Organisers of the North Coast Festival of Flavour on 3–5 June 2022 say it’s not to be missed, as...

Engineering ‘solutions’ won’t get us out of this mess

Engineering works have been proposed to mitigate the extreme flooding experienced in Lismore in February and March 2022.

Beehives lost during floods: DPI

Statistics around the loss of livestock in the Byron Shire have been released by the NSW Department of Primary...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the...

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

Last Tweed Shire Council meeting, councillors voted to exclude me from the GM selection panel, without any warning, because I stated that it would be great if the new GM turned out to be a woman. My suggestion for belated training to alleviate councillors’ concerns about their perceived bias of my statement was not accepted despite training for selection committees being specifically identified in Council’s Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plan.

After the devastating lack of support from Dot for a review of the Kings Forest concept, and the lack of support for a ‘no dogs’ policy from Joan, I was pleasantly surprised that councillors later supported a number of motions I had put up.

These included reports to be bought forward on encouraging roadside fruit-and-veg stalls; ensuring protection status for the Alberts Lyrebird featured on Council’s crest; maximising opportunities for public transport with the Commonwealth Games; composting toilets; and a workshop on extending bikeways.

They failed to support other motions I proposed for community input on prioritisation for the regional development grants; developing a tourism mural concept; a request to the health department to accommodate the koala corridor at Pottsville in their development plans; dual reticulation for Kings Forest; encouraging sustainable design; and most surprising of all, they refused to support a report on prioritising road works for Tweed Heads CBD.

Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne


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After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.