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February 26, 2021

NBN still years away

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Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

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Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

Federal Member for Hughes Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, technically throwing Scott Morrison's government into minority as it grapples with scandals from within and without.

Interview with James McMillan, founder of the Byron Surf Festival

With the Byron Bay Surf Festival just days away, founder James McMillan took a few minutes to talk to Seven about the awesome things planned for the coming weekend.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Archibald has knock-on effect in Murwillumbah

The Tweed Regional Gallery is hosting the Archibald Prize and local business people say the event is giving the town of Murwillumbah a significant economic boost.

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Not one town north of Grafton is in line to be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) within the next three years, according to a list issued yesterday by broadband minister Stephen Conroy.

The exception will be a few new land developments, such as Mullumbimby’s Tallowood Ridge.

The NBN was key to getting independent Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott to support the government after the last election, so it is little wonder that the underserviced towns of Taree and Cundletown in his electorate will be among the first to benefit.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said she was disappointed that no plans had been released for the roll-out program to the Ballina-Lismore-Casino area.


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Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital get underway

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Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

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