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Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

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Heritage Bruns?

David Kolb, Brunswick Head When Mathew O’Reilly spoke to Council regarding heritage listing for parts of Brunswick Heads he was quoted...

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.


After gauging the country’s most popular craft beers of 2019 in an online poll, the GABS Hottest 100 announces the top 100 best-voted beers in a countdown broadcast on Saturday 25 January, with official countdown festivities kicking off at pubs and venues around the country at 12.00pm, including at our very own Stone & Wood brewery in Byron Bay.

Independent since opening in 2008, Stone & Wood are members of the IBA (an association of brewers who are owned and operated independently, and who value authenticity, localism and the communities built around them). Some 600 independent breweries operate today across Australia, contributing to local economies, industry and employment.

Why not vote online for your favourite independent beer and show that you value independence in the industry? Apart from simply buying and drinking beer, the second-easiest way to, for example, get behind their Original Pacific Ale, is by voting for the beer online at www.gabshub.com/gabs-hottest-100-craft-beers. Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale reached number two in 2018’s GABS Hottest 100.

More info: gabsfestival.com

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Suspicion and belief

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Suffolk Park pump track

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New Greens team

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