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February 26, 2021

Gym junkies beware

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Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital get underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital referbishment.

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Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

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A safe space for sexual assault survivors

In a perfect world, the trauma Margot and Joana experienced would not have happened, and there would be no need for the very important support group they have created.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

I would like to sound a cautionary consumer note to any residents considering pre-paying for any gym/fitness services.

While it is never wise to pre-pay for such services (there are scores of sorry tales of gyms which have gone belly up leaving all high and dry) some people are being offered the option to pay upfront more than $1000 per year for some of these services – this could end in tears.

If any such business had cut hours, retrenched staff and scaled back/eliminated services, hiked fees massively and was showing no sign of further investment in the business, then this should sound an alarm. It is not reflective of a business with an eye to a long-term future. Should this business go into receivership or come to the end of its lease and have ‘to move’ then those who have paid up in advance could be left empty handed. Buyer beware.

Mary Bowen, Mullumbimby


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