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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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One in six older Australians experience elder abuse – what can you do?

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Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

Call for NRRC to intervene in housing market to ensure fair housing outcomes for flood victims

Around 50 people gathered outside the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation’s office in Lismore this morning to call for action for flood victims.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.

EPA releases Climate Change Policy and Action Plan

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released a Climate Change Policy and Action Plan 2023–26, ‘outlining a bold set of actions that will help NSW reach net-zero emissions by 2050’.

Big centuries scored across the region as cricket season builds

Alstonville has come off second best to Tintenbar East Ballina in their two-day match at Hill Park Oval in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League, thanks to a century from Abe Crawford. TEB chose to bowl and it didn’t take long for their first strike as Alstonville opener Ryan Pearce was trapped lbw for a third-ball duck.

NSW Council (local government areas/LGA) areas.

An independent body that audits NSW government departments released its assessment of the state’s 134 councils, and 11 joint organisations, on Friday.

The NSW Auditor-General’s report says, ‘The number of high-risk issues reported in our management letters has decreased.’

‘[Yet there are] five councils without an asset management strategy, policy and plan. This has improved compared with the prior year.’

Auditor-General Margaret Crawford says in the report that there are ‘very pleasing indicators of the gradual strengthening of governance and financial oversight of the sector.’

Information technology was the largest issue raised by the audit (41 per cent).

As for Byron Council, it was considered ‘unmodified’ from previous assessments, and they submitted their financial statements by the statutory deadline. 

Four NSW councils were listed as a ‘modified opinion: qualified opinion, an adverse opinion, or a disclaimer of opinion’. They are Bayside Council (Botany Bay), Hilltops Council (South West Slopes), Mid-Coast Council and Murrumbidgee Council (Riverina area).

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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.