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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India.

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

Love flowers at the market

As mothers across Australia look forward to (slightly burnt) toast in bed, the local farmers and producers in our...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is an important event to celebrate the significant economic, political, environmental and social achievements of women in our community. This year, I’ve been reflecting on the achievements of some of the remarkable women across Byron Shire who have been working to make our community a better place. I’d like to pay tribute to a few that have inspired me.

They include, Cate Coorey from the Byron Residents Group who has managed to fit motherhood around travelling to Sydney to lobby politicians and reading reams of planning reports to try and stop the West Byron mega-deveopmnet that threatens the heart and soul of Byron Bay. Jeannette Martin who was integral to the creation of the abundant Mullumbimby Community Gardens that now provides food and a community space for many. Deb Pearse from the Byron Youth Service who has helped so many vulnerable young people in our community rebuild their lives, despite on-going funding cuts to her programs. Olga Tresz, coordinator of Gasfield Free Byron Shire who has driven the local community campaign to protect our land and water from toxic gas mining. And Jan Barham, our tireless former Mayor and now Upper House MP who has always put the interests of our community and environment first.

Thanks for all your passion and dedication. I know that your efforts have made our community a better place.

Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

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