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Cuts mooted to Byron library service

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Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

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Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Joyride tears up Chinderah golf course fairway

Police say that three youths were caught joyriding on golf club vehicles at Chinderah late last Friday evening.

It’s National Homelessness Week

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Unnecessary divisions

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Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

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Federal MP and rural Drs blast NSW Premier Berejiklian over Pfizer supplies

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Axing the mobile library stops in Suffolk Park, Ocean Shores and Federal, suggested in a Council staff report, is just one suggestion to achieve budget savings of $65,500.

The report, to be tabled by councillors at the upcoming September 19 meeting, includes other cost-saving measures such as decreasing opening hours by one hour in all three library branches, Monday to Friday, and reducing the resources purchasing allocation by $7,903.

The report says the estimated saving for the mobile library would be $12,022 after a new timetable was established and that ‘Due to low use in Federal and the close proximity to branch libraries in both Suffolk Park and Ocean Shores, cancelling these three stops will have less impact on the community members than closing Brunswick Heads one afternoon a week’.


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