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January 29, 2023

Byron Bay welcomes the New Year

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Australia Day in the Tweed

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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Land values are up

Large parts of the North Coast may have gone under during the 2022 floods, but they appear to have done little to dampen land values for much of the region.

Man dies in highway crash at Chinderah

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Ballina community legends to be recognised

This Thursday, Ballina will recognise members of the local community who have stepped up in the last twelve months, with the Australia Day Awards.

Families were out in force during Byron Bay New Years Eve celebrations with plenty to keep them entertained. ‘Soul Street’, as its name promised, became the heart and soul of downtown CBD, as buskers and street performers kept crowds smiling and active.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I want to thank byron council and community centre for embrace me and my Funmaker into byron’s nye celebration. you are awesome.
    Find one other place in the world where the people are so passionate about what happens on their streets and the community – only in Byron Bay. The police and authorities here are far more giving, tolerant and nice. Its not a simple job to walk on the thin line between keeping order and let people go loose.
    Its a beginning of a new era in byron where we can be our selves and still not hurting others around us!!!

    love

  2. I am visiting from Europe and I was disappointed by all the police presence and the “NO DRinking Rules..I thought it was NEw Years Eve..should be a street party.. I didn’t want to go inside a venue, so I was celebrating on the street, because at my accommodation it would have been too loud for the neighbours.
    But then I wasn’t allowed to drink alcohol anywhere and there was so much police around everywhere. I think they were actually making some young people more frustrated and less at ease than if they had not been around.
    Also the celebrations on the street ended very abruptly and I was bored after 12oclock, when I usually start to really party on a NYE.
    So I will not be coming back, and will not recommend this place for a great time. It is very restricted and expensive and by the way, the public toilets are absolutely shocking!!!!
    I love the land and the beach here, has great potential if managed properly and without so much greed!!!

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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.