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Nats don’t get it: a gas field is a gas field

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Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.

Other News

Concerns over potential impact of piggery DA 

Plans submitted to Council earlier this year for the historic old Skinners Shoot piggery at 103 Yagers Lane have raised concerns with residents.

The Music of Bowie

Byron Bay – step into the world of iconic rock legend David Bowie as Brisbane’s very own Soft Treadly (formerly known as The Jensens)

Man dies following fatal crash – Yorklea, south of Casino

About 1am on Thursday emergency services responded to reports after a vehicle crashed into a tree.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Interschool Australian Surfing Championships launched on the Gold Coast last month

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School has taken home the overall School Winners trophy at the inaugural Australian Interschools Surfing Championships held at Miami on the Gold Coast last month.

Tweed council call for young tree-huggers

The Tweed Shire Council is inviting high school students in the local government area to participate in the national Speaking 4 the Planet competition on the theme: Trees: the guardians of life. 

The National Party has confirmed its plans to turn our beautiful northern rivers into a coal seam gas field by renewing Dart Energy’s gas exploration licence.

Despite reductions in the exploration area, the licence to mine for CSG still covers the towns of Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin, The Channon, Coraki and the surrounding water catchments that we all depend upon.

The water supply for Ballina and Byron shires remains in an area where CSG mining is still allowed. If CSG production pollutes the aquifers upstream, residents in Byron and Ballina will feel any health impacts.

It’s simply not good enough. The Nationals’ announcement is a political stunt designed to try and get them through the upcoming state election. Local farmers, business owners, environmentalists and grandparents have all come together to protect our land and water. We want a NSW powered by renewable energy, not dirty fossil fuels like CSG.

If the Nationals are serious about standing up for north coast communities they need to immediately cancel all exploration licences over the northern rivers – not just the bits that don’t have any CSG anyway.

The Greens are committed to a permanent ban on coal seam gas mining across the northern rivers, and the rest of NSW. If I’m elected at the state election in March, moving to cancel the CSG exploration licences in the northern rivers will be my top priority.

Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina


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Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.