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October 4, 2022

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Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Other News

Firearm and drug offence charges laid after Coraki vehicle stop

NSW Police say a man has been charged after a firearm and prohibited drugs were seized during a vehicle stop yesterday.

$8.5m allocated for upgrade of Goonellabah to Wollongbar Road

Funding to investigate and upgrade the Bruxner Highway between Goonellabah and Wollongbar has been allocated by the Federal and NSW State governments.

‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

Consideration of state significant farmland for SUGA development leaves bitter taste

One of Ballina Shire Council’s independents is continuing to argue against suggested expansions of development between the plateau villages of Alstonville and Wollongbar.

Local MPs to embark on flood fact finding mission

Four local MPs will tour the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s Brisbane headquarters tomorrow on a fact finding mission that will hopefully assist the flood recovery process in the Northern Rivers.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on Trauma

In the War on Trauma we care for hurt people. We understand the importance of safety, of nutrition, of connection to community, of addressing loneliness, of the power of being in nature.  Being locked in jail for drug-related offences doesn’t change the underlying reasons for why someone has addiction issues. It just amplifies the trauma. And amplified trauma leads to drug harm.

S Haslam

What a time to go out in Byron – easy to park and, for the shy retiring types like myself, a less frantic vibe in the restaurants, which are pretty much ‘locals only’ at the moment. The crew at Loft Byron Bay said they had a really great week after reopening on Thursday night, with a lot of locals coming in with a good vibe and good energy. It’s nice to be able to dine out and feel normal again, before the crowds come back, but it was also good for the staff to be back doing what they do best, especially the kitchen staff who were getting the good vibes from their new summer menu, which went over really well with the locals. Head Chef Craig Mcfarland came up with the new dishes over the break so, if you want to check them out, and perhaps have a cocktail or two, now’s the time – they are open every day from 4pm until late, as they used to be.

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