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August 11, 2022

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Tweed Council refuse aged care facility Tweed Heads

The proposed aged care facility at Caloola Drive Tweed Heads (DA20/0712) was refused at the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday.

Other News

The North Coast Mud Trail is ten!

Fifteen local pottery studios will soon open their doors and reveal their latest ceramic art creations for the 10th Anniversary North Coast Mud Trail, recently launched at Ignite Studios in Ballina.

Israel Junkets

According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report federal parliamentarians received 139 sponsored trips of which 25 went to...

Backlash

Last week’s Backlash asked why the disused rail corridor couldn’t be utilised to prevent another ‘shemozzle’ at Splendour, suggesting...

Developer sparks storage stress

Byron-based property owner/developer, Josh Thompson, has created a shitstorm within the community after trying to evict customers renting 160 units at his ACE storage facility within a week, to make way for 26 warehouses.

Pedal power celebrated at Murwillumbah film night

Those with an interest in films and cycling will be in heaven this Thursday night (August 11) when the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah hosts the Big Bike Film Night.

Council acknowledges desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps

Last night Lismore Council looked at House Relocations, Land swaps and Buy Backs when Councillor Adam Guise’s moved a motion that “Council acknowledges flood impacted ratepayers' desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps."

Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival will again bring country music to the coast this coming NSW Labour Day Weekend.

With the overwhelming success and positive feedback from the inaugural festival in 2011, they have been busy scouring the country for acts to up the ante.

Highlights include The Sunny Cowgirls, Travis Sinclair and Pixie Jenkins. They are appearing together with The Round Mountain Girls, Christian Power & Lonesome Train, 8 Ball Aitken, The Bostocks, Bo Jenkins, Uncle Bob’s Jug Band, The Chris Cook Band, The Mumblers, Graham Rodger, Brothers 3 – and more and more. To see the full line-up go to http://ballinacountrymusic.com/.

Venues include Australian Hotel, Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, Ballina RSL Club, Ballina RSL Bowling Club, Hotel Henry Rous, Masonic Hall (Cherry Street), Shaws Bay Hotel, Street Stage (River Street), Twenty Nine Restaurant & Bar and Westower Tavern.

Tickets for the opening night at can be purchased online at http://www.ballinarsl.com.au/entertainment/bookings/.

All other performances at venues around town are free!

Organiser Carol Stacey says, ‘there will be a regular smorgasbord of fantastic country music at all the various venues. In addition we are offering street entertainment of a very high standard. We particularly hope that everyone enjoys the market stalls included in this year’s festival; this innovation is a direct result of community feedback.

The Sunny Cowgirls

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Evans Head, Iron Gates DA public planning meeting coming

The current development application (DA) for the flood and bushfire-prone site of the Evans Head, Iron Gates development will go before the Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP) on 30 August.

Council acknowledges desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps

Last night Lismore Council looked at House Relocations, Land swaps and Buy Backs when Councillor Adam Guise’s moved a motion that “Council acknowledges flood impacted ratepayers' desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps."

Bruns underground car park reconsidered 

Byron Council’s decision to approve a controversial mixed-use development in Brunswick Heads that would include the town’s first underground car park could be overturned at this week’s meeting, with a group of councillors moving a rescission motion.

Good news for the Sepik people

The proposed Frieda mine Papua New Guinea with its huge tailings dam, would be built on the Frieda River at the headwaters of the Sepik River – an earthquake-prone area – creating the risk of repeating one of the worst environmental disasters.