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February 8, 2023

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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A play that puzzles and delights

The multi-award-winning play is a puzzle of scenes that are slowly put together by the audience to tell the...

Celebrating LOVE

The Paddock Project is hosting a (pre) Valentine’s Day picnic at the home of the giant LOVE sign that welcomes everyone to Mullumbimby. The LOVE sign has set the tone for all visitors and locals who pass by on their way into town and has probably been the most photographed local influencer for the past three years

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.

Teenage boys extorted over sexually explicit images

In the lead-up to tomorrow's Safer Internet Day the Kids Helpline is highlighting the concerning trend of overseas criminal syndicates preying on Australian children, particularly teenage boys, by extorting money from them after deceiving them to send sexually explicit images over instant messaging platforms.

Controversial development that would dwarf Uki under appeal in L&EC – Tweed Nightcap Village MO

The contentious Nightcap Village $39M multiple occupancy development near Uki, promoted by Pete Evans, will have its appeal to the Land & Environment Court against the NRPP's refusal heard from 9 February.

2016-local-gov-election-ballot-boxThe 2016 Local Government Election is on this Saturday for all councils in the northern rivers area except for the Tweed.

Voting is compulsory for all people enrolled in the Ballina, Byron and Lismore electorates and fines do apply for not voting.

The Tweed election has been postponed due to the death of a candidate and will now be held on 29 October.

So if you haven’t made it to the various pre-polling stations yet, tomorrow (Saturday), will be your last chance to have your say on who will occupy the seats in your local council chamber for the next four years.

A full list of candidates is available by visiting the NSW Electoral Commission website www.votensw.info or phoning 1300 135 736. There are information sheets for all candidates online.

Alternatively, check out the comprehensive candidates’ profiles in the Echonetdaily election coverage at echo.net.au/council-elections-2016

Voters are reminded that there is no absentee voting for local government elections, which means voters must either pre-poll vote or vote on Saturday, 10 September within the boundaries of their Local Government Area (LGA).

If you are unsure of anything or need any assistance, visit www.votensw.info or phone 1300 135 736.

For enquiries in languages other than English phone the NSW Electoral Commission interpreting service on 13 14 50, or for hearing and speech impaired enquiries, phone via the National Relay Service on 13 36 77.


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Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.