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Kingscliff locals concerned over proposal to remove trees at Merve Edwards Fields for AFL

The potential of removing trees from the Merve Edwards Fields site at Kingscliff to accommodate the Kingscliff Junior AFL Club has raised concerns of locals and neighbours who say that this is not a proposal they support. 

Other News

First observations of meltwater eating away at Antarctic ice shelves

Scientists who have witnessed Antarctic ice shelf decay are escalating concerns that rising air temperatures will push these frozen masses to unprecedented fractures.

Ballina Council to look into making tiny homes accessible 

The idea of living in a tiny home can seem like a simple solution to our housing crisis – but getting council approvals for a permanent tiny home on private land can be challenging. 

Caper wraps – Stone Fest next! 

With the conclusion of Caper Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival on May 26 – with events held across the Shire’s prestigious dining and watering establishments – Stone & Wood’s Festival of the Stone gears up for its big event on June 1, from 3pm till 10pm. 

A huge celebration in Byron

Stone & Wood’s 10th instalment of the Festival of the Stone is a celebration of music, community and ancient brewing tradition, to welcome winter to Byron Bay on Saturday. Byron locals and visitors will gather to take in a major line-up of music, tantalising tastes and the annual unveiling of the 2024 batch of Stone Beer, while raising much-needed funds for local homeless hub, Fletcher Street Cottage.

Only 7 per cent of sexual assaults reported in NSW result in guilty outcome

The latest study from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), shows that only 7 per cent of sexual assaults reported to NSW Police end up in a guilty verdict in court.

Contaminated fuel claims

A man who says a petrol station in the southern Tweed Heads area sold him contaminated fuel is seeking any other motorists who may have experienced the same. 

Bec Laughton, Sheoak Shack, Saturday

If you’re not yet familiar with Brisbane über babe Bec Laughton, it won’t be long before you are! This petite redhead with the ‘lion lungs’ is poised to launch into the stratosphere with her debut EP By The Fire.

Kicking off with a brand-new single and smoking-hot video, Holy Love 2 is just the first of five totally addictive songs recorded in Melbourne with Jan Skubiszewski (Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson, Bliss ‘n’ Eso).

With a healthy mix of old-school funk, mouth-watering melodies, heart-melting lyrics, divine booty-shaking beats, and the powerful guest vocal appearance from Ni.Na Holy Love 2 will have you hooked immediately.

Adding to her ever-increasing string of successes, Bec was named winner at the 2012 Queensland Music Awards, taking out the top honour in the dance / electronic category. The track M&R is the first song taken from collaboration with friend and DJ (Bure Godwin). The Brisbane babe was also nominated in the 2012 International Independent Music Awards and secured nominations in four categories in the MusicOz Awards. With five nominations and high commendations for the Q Song awards across the last three years, there is no question of Lady Laughton’s ability to pen a tune. Demonstrating the range and versatility of Bec’s extraordinary voice, Loop de Loop was the song that landed the budding songstress at #11 on the Triple J roots charts.

To celebrate the release of the brand-new EP, Bec has the road for a string of live shows kicking off in Brisbane. Bec will be showcasing songs from her new EP with a mix of old favourites.

See Bec this weekend at the Sheoak Shack on Saturday.


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Ballina Council to look into making tiny homes accessible 

The idea of living in a tiny home can seem like a simple solution to our housing crisis – but getting council approvals for a permanent tiny home on private land can be challenging. 

Council staff to look at limiting bulk and scale in Wategos  

A motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

Is this the next Bentley? New doco highlights value of Clarence River amid mining proposal

Mining plans for the region were discovered by two locals as they paddled down the Clarence River near Grafton. The question is what does it mean for the future of the Northern Rivers?

Editorial – Mining is back, baby! 

Nearly ten years ago in 2015, junior coal seam gas miner Metgasco was paid out handsomely – $25m of your tax money – after its approval to frack Bentley was fiercely fought off by thousands of well-organised protesters. But now they are back...