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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. 

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Women’s Giving Circle empowering locals

A collective of passionate women taking action to tackle local disadvantage have seen essential local projects funded, and the...

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

Big tech, porn, violence and young blokes

I know it’s time we talked. The trouble is, I don’t know exactly what to say. But let’s try this...

Crime ‘cluster’ spikes spread across region

Local police are calling on residents to keep their doors and windows locked, including when they’re at home, in a bid to address the spike in car break-ins and thefts taking place in and around local shires.

Hola Amigxs!

Organisers are really excited to announce the second installment of the Mahico Festival at the home of the Blues Festival, The Green Room, on Saturday, June 8, over the King’s birthday long weekend.

Saffin welcomes Neighbourhood Centre Week

NSW Labor Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin has welcomed today’s start to Neighbourhood Centre Week across the country.

Jill Ball, Brunswick Heads

Regarding the DA for the boarding house in Bayside Brunswick Heads. In 2012 a 27-room boarding house was proposed at the gym site in Teven Street, Brunswick Heads. The Byron Shire Council opposed the development and the owners appealed to the Land and Environment Court.

At that time, I was president of the Brunswick Heads Progress Association (BHPA) and I spoke against the development at the tribunal. The Commissioner, Sue Harris, dismissed the appeal, stating, among other things, that the development was not compatible with the local area, which had been agreed by both parties as consisting largely of single houses with some medium density and commercial development.

Buzzwords like low cost, affordable, secure new age boarding house, urban consolidation, low to moderate cost accommodation, are used to woo the decision makers and councillors, all of whom would dearly love an easy answer to our shortage of housing. Only government owned or run social housing is genuinely affordable. Self-declared ‘for profit’ entities cannot be trusted to maintain security of tenure into the future.

The local community united in 2012 to save Bruns from totally inappropriate development, I urge Bayside Bruns and Brunswick Heads locals to lobby your councillors and local members of parliament to oppose this DA. Nothing has changed since 2012 in Bruns to make it a more suitable area for a boarding house.


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Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.