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April 22, 2021

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Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

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Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only...

MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Cr Keith Williams calls for consultation on South Ballina Beach access

At today's Ballina Council meeting, Cr Keith Williams is going to urge council to write to the NSW Minister for Crown Lands about South Ballina beach, which has recently been closed to public 4WD access.

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.

Choose Your Cruise, the company bringing Australia’s biggest music festivals at sea, is proud to announce a unique concept and a first for Australian country music – Cruisin Country No. 8; Looking Forward – Looking Back. This is a journey through song of our past, present and future on the high seas.

Setting sail from Sydney aboard Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas on 9 October 2018, returning 16 October 2018, Cruisin Country 8 is especially for lovers of country music, and will visit Noumea and Isle of Pines.

The ship will host an outstanding lineup of artists including John Williamson with a multi-award-winning career span of more than forty years; Troy Cassar Dalley – regarded as one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, combined with a total of more than 40 incredible acts on board this extraordinary floating festival of country music.

It also includes open-mic sessions with full backing by talented musicians from the Australian country music scene, songwriting, guitar workshops, line- and bush-dancing events and lessons – an opportunity to break out and show talents you never thought you had.

Prices start at $2645pp twinshare in an Interior Stateroom. For more information including how to book your cabin, contact Byron Cruise & Travel on 6685 6733.


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