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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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Search for a home

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful...

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

Independent wants to be Byron’s new mayor

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Basil Cameron has announced his candidature for Mayor.

More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Government fails to support dying at home in Northern Rivers

Approaching the subject of dying is always tricky, often awkward, and never easy. But when you are faced with caring for someone at the end of their life, it helps if you can find support from people who have already navigated the path.

Rous County Dam

Jo Faith, Newtown Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First...

Dave  Gilmore, Mullumbimby

Writing grant applications for Brunswick Heads Marine Rescue Unit for much of the past decade has made me acutely aware of the stringent conditions imposed by granting authorities.

Properly responsible granting bodies should, and do, require explicit, clear, detailed information about any project BEFORE granting public moneys.

Such information would be: the nature and need for the project; who benefits; the identity and qualifications of the management personnel; measurement of successes or failures in the project’s development and progress reporting; but, most importantly, a detailed, explicit budget and timeframe.

Vague, generalised statements such as ‘the money will be used to upgrade our communication equipment’ or ‘the grant will be used to repair salt-air damage to the radio tower’ would render an application worthy of the bin. It answers none of the detail required to justify public funding.

I am completely astonished to read that our federal government has granted $442 million to the Barrier Reef Foundation in what seems a total vacuum of information about how it will be used. Not only astonishment gets me; I am simply disgusted.

Responsible government?

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

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