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Cars and other items stolen from Brunswick Heads

Local police are warning residents in the Byron Shire to be diligent in maintaining their home security after personal items and vehicles were stolen from Brunswick Heads yesterday.

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Police alert for missing 16-year-old

Police are asking the public for help finding missing Northern Rivers teenager Oskar Michel Massey.

No ‘key worker’ or ‘affordable housing’ for Ballina Council’s Wollongbar development

On the second last piece of Ballina Shire Council-owned residential land they have decided to develop the land with no affordable or public housing components. 

Occupants of empty buyback homes face eviction day

Members of Lismore’s Reclaim our Recovery community group called for a last-minute gathering of supporters this morning as people continued to occupy otherwise abandoned houses in North Lismore.

The danger years for food allergies

A University of Queensland project aims to make the teenage years safer for Australian children diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies. 

Volunteer groups get funding

Fourteen projects led by volunteer groups have been awarded $300,000 through the Community Building Partnership Program, says local Greens MP, Tamara Smith.

The stuff of stars

Australia’s favourite gathering of astronomers, space enthusiasts and science-forward friends is finally back again in 2024. The organisers are bringing back many of the speakers they had planned before the pandemic cancelled the last event.

Galahs enjoying the lawns outside Parliament House in Canberra.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has announced that FlyPelican will soon be flying directly from Ballina to the nation’s capital, Canberra.

The flights are going to start on 3 July, and represent the first new flight destination from Ballina in 9 years.

Flights are planned on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

As well as giving Northern Rivers locals easier access to the delights of Canberra, it’s hoped that the new flights will boost tourism in the other direction, with people from the ACT no longer needing to travel to the  sunny Northern Rivers via either Sydney or the Gold Coast.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Manager Julie Stewart is excited about the possibilities of the new route.

‘A key focus for us is to promote Northern Rivers NSW to other parts of Australia,’ she said, ‘so we’re thrilled to be working with Canberra Airport and airline partner FlyPelican in having a brand new exciting destination.

‘We look forward to welcoming Canberra locals to our beautiful part of the world. This is a great example of regional airports working together to create new destination opportunities.’

The federal members for Page and Richmond, MPs Kevin Hogan and Justine Elliott, also welcomed the news.

Bookings for the new Canberra direct service are available via flypelican.com.au.


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