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Small breweries feeling the pinch

Like many small businesses doing it tough, local independent breweries are no exception. The number of small to medium-sized independent craft breweries falling into administration is growing.

Man assaulted on M1

Witnesses of an assault on the Pacific Highway over the weekend are being asked to contact police as they investigate the alleged crime.

Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns

Exciting news for the 1,000 or so enthusiastic paddlers who come for competition, the dress-up fun, a family outing or showcasing their individual craft – the Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns !

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Breaking bad promises

It’s so hard to introduce urgently-needed reforms in today’s fevered media climate that governments tiptoe around problems and hardly dare to act.

I’m not surprised that Byron Council’s decision to progress the mis-named ‘mini-bypass’ is encountering some opposition from dug-in trenches and vested interests. However, in an imperfect world, this initiative represents good value for money. Origin–destination surveys show that it will hugely reduce congestion at the crucial Lawson-Jonson Street roundabout.

It’s by no means a panacea for all of the Bay’s traffic problems, but in conjunction with making Shirley Street two lanes eastbound and achieving two lanes eastbound across the existing rail crossing (pushed for by our esteemed, erstwhile Cr, Buck$), it will help.

It will also open up the opportunity to relocate long-distance coaches (and their attendant hostel mini-buses) to the western side of the train station. Council actually had funding to do this once but dropped the ball. The current coach terminal is an accident waiting to happen.

It was gratifying to get a positive response from the chamber of commerce. They acknowledge that after 20 years of talking, Byron Council is actually going to do something.

Also thank you Don Page for your promised support of state funding. All we need is to be able to acquire the land and hopefully get assistance to install boom gates and lights when we get our train back.

Richard Staples, Byron councillor, Talofa

 


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NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

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Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?