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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Other News

New Tweed Valley Hospital opens today

The controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital opened to patients at 8am this morning.

Lennox Head tree planting day success

This year celebrated the 19th year of the annual Lennox Head tree planting day along the iconic Lennox Headland that took place on May 10. 

Byron Shire tops NSW for homelessness

The latest data from the NSW government’s 2024 Street Count has revealed a stark and troubling reality for Byron Shire, which now accounts for the largest number of rough sleepers in NSW. This highlights the urgent need for support for local homeless services like the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre, Fletcher Street Cottage and other homeless services like Liberation Larder.

Let’s dive deep into potholes!

Main Arm residents were disappointed to hear from Byron Council’s senior staff at a public meeting last Thursday night that their dangerous and rapidly deteriorating roads might not get repaired until the end of 2025 at the earliest. 

Motorcyclist flown to hospital from New Italy

At about 3pm yesterday, Tuesday 14 May, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by NSW Ambulance to the Pacific Highway, New Italy following reports of a motorcyclist suffering serious leg injuries after collision with a barrier.

Rainbow Dragons turn it on at Kalang regatta

The Rainbow Dragons (Lennox Head-Ballina) successfully competed in the Kalang Dragon Boat Regatta at Urunga earlier this month. The first...

Maddy Braddon, Lismore

Regional NSW has been having a tough time. If it’s not drought, it’s floods, fires and storms. These disasters are fuelled by the fossil-fuel industry. Coal and gas companies hit communities while they’re down. They opportunistically jump in and offer a handful of jobs and short-term prosperity. This is not future proofing regional Australia; it’s putting communities, farmland and water at risk.

The Narrabri gas project is an example of this kind of backwards thinking by big mining corporations and governments. As a young person (23), I’m extremely concerned about this short sightedness. A recent report found that jobs from renewable-energy investment in the northwest of NSW are entirely possible.

Narrabri is part of the New England Renewable Energy Precinct, set up to attract new investment. There are currently two solar projects proposed. If these and other renewable projects went ahead there would be a reason to stay in rural and regional towns.

We know that fossil fuels are outdated and causing far more harm than good. We are seeing benefits in the northern rivers of renewable energy. I wonder, will our decision makers do what is best for regional NSW by ruling out the Narrabri Gas Project and help create jobs powered by renewable-energy innovation?

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  1. Dont ever hope for the major parties to use climate change as anything but a populist partisan football.

    It’s sad, but it’s TRUE.


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