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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

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Traffic control in Byron’s Main Beach carpark

Minor traffic disruption with traffic control in place is expected in Byron Bay’s Main Beach car park this week.

Marlivale Farm

Victoria Cosford Mac’s face lights up as he describes the rice fields near Nimbin, home to the family-owned Marlivale Farm....

Red Devils on fire at top of local rugby league

The Byron Bay Red Devils have made it four out of four across three grades for the 2024 NRRRL...

Locals take state awards at Byron Bay Triathlon

The Byron Tri Club had a successful Byron Triathlon despite the waterlogged conditions last Saturday. Not only did the club...

Protect the beach and coast

The last time my late father visited Byron Bay, I saw a tear roll down his cheek as he...

Labor’s gas failure?

I can’t understand how Labor can commit to gas for the future while the UN Secretary-General said last year...



Kerrianne Cox, Ukitopia Festival, Friday to Sunday


The Ukitopia Festival is three days, six venues, 50 artists, ceremonies, ‘Arts in the Mountains’ workshops, ‘Images of Uki’ art exhibition and ‘Words of Wollumbin’ writers’ installation, children’s entertainment, DJs, farmers markets, the Buttery Bazaar Market, fringe events including historical displays, comedy and jazz, Rockin’ Sunday at the Mt Warning Hotel, and spectacular local food and wine.


Featuring performances from 50 artists including Kimberley woman Kerrianne Cox, Lil’ Fi and the Candy Apples, Deya Dova, Bill Jacobi, DJ Overlap, GuriGuru, Shameless O’Hooligan, Kellie Gang, Les Karski, Kathryn Jones, James T as well as newcomers Elevene and Indigo Parade, roving performances from Luna Esque and the extraordinary The Pitts Family Circus and many more.

The opening night of the festival will feature a special Songwriters on the Songline event at the Uki Church with songs of spirit sung by The Lucky Wonders duo and Elias Harmony, while the Uki square hosts dancing under the stars with Willow Beats, DJ Pulse, JaMattix with Dancing Tommy Franklin and DJ Translogic.

Just don’t miss it. The Ukitopia Festival, November 16–18 Uki Village. Visit www.ukitopiaartscollective.com.


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Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.