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Locals head to the Australian Juniors as Jaws gets big

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A bonanza for developers and land bankers?

The NSW Planning Rezoning Pathways Program will service the current agendas of developers and land bankers throughout Tweed Shire, particularly the State Significant Farmlands of Cudgen Plateau.

Fresh STRA audits and prosecutions ahead

Hundreds of locals who are renting out their studios and granny flats on Airbnb, in breach of consent conditions agreed with Byron Council, could face prosecution under a new measure introduced last week.

Fortem launches in Ballina for first responders

A service which provides mental health and other support for emergency first responders and their families was launched at SES headquarters in Ballina this week.

Mediation fails over large Suffolk Park DA

The battle over a controversial mixed-used development proposed for the main street of Suffolk Park looks set to go to a full hearing in the Land and Environment Court with Byron Shire Council, after the court-ordered conciliation process failed.

Cleaning up the Richmond River

Like many who have suffered in the floods the Richmond River estuary is still feeling the weight of last year's floods.

Lismore candidate Alex Rubin

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Billy Kemper took on some of the best waves that Jaws has to offer. Photo Miers/WSL

Crystal Cylinders

Some of our local junior surfers had the honour of representing NSW at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles held in solid surf at Margaret River Main Break Western Australia.

Lennox Head’s Nyxie Ryan performed the best for our locals with a seventh place finish in the U/18 girls, bowing out in a close quarterfinal clash.

Rino Lindsay from Lennox Head also made the quarter finals finishing in ninth place overall in the U/16 boys.  

Byron Bay’s Touma Cameron made it to round three in the U/16 boys, Lennox Head’s Niamh Sharpe and Juniper Harper made it to round three in the U/14 girls while Harry O’Brien was eliminated in the second round in the U/14 boys. 

Meanwhile at Jaws

Paige Alms and Billy Kemper have won the Jaws Big Wave Championships in 9 to 15 metre waves at the famed Pe’ahi surf break on the North shore of Maui, Hawaii. 

Both are locals and regularly surf the wave that offers up some of the biggest tube rides in the world.

Three times winner Alms said: ‘It’s the ultimate feeling being on a giant wave, it’s when I feel the most alive and so it’s the double-edged sword. You’re putting your body and life on the line to ride these waves but when you successfully ride one, nothing beats it.’

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