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Blockades continue as councillors wave next Wallum certificate through

A second subdivision works certificate for the Wallum estate was signed off by a majority of councillors last week, who again argued that they have no legal standing to further impede an approved development.

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More Byron CBD height exceedance approved

Two multi-storey mixed-use developments with a combined value of $36.2 million have been approved for the centre of Byron Bay, despite both exceeding height limits for that part of the Shire.

Menacing dog declaration revoked

After an emotional deputation from the owner of the dog involved, Ballina Shire Council has this morning revoked a menacing dog declaration for the kelpie Lilo, which was brought into effect following a bite in July 2022.

eSafety commissioner granted legal injunction as X refuses to hide violent content

Australia’s Federal Court has granted the eSafety commissioner a two-day legal injunction to compel X, Elon Musk’s social media platform, to hide posts showing graphic content of the Wakeley church stabbing in Sydney.

Anzac Day events in the Northern Rivers

Around Australia people will come together this Thursday to pay their respects and remember those who have served, and continue to serve, the nation during times of conflict. Listed are details for Tweed, Ballina, Lismore, Byron, Kyogle, and Richmond Valley Council areas.

Cr McCarthy versus the macaranga

This morning Ballina Shire Council will hear a motion from Cr Steve McCarthy to remove the native macaranga tree from the list of approved species for planting by Ballina Council and local community groups.

Infrastructure for east end of Mullum

Mullumbimby was founded 135 years ago. In the 1960s sewerage was introduced, as was I suppose drainage infrastructure. Are...

When a wallaby loped across the dirt road, my heart leapt. It used to be common to spot wallabies cavorting on the beach at dawn, but it had been years since I’d seen one alive. I’ve been walking up the beach to the North Wall in New Brighton and back through the forest on North Head Road for almost twenty years. The day I encountered the wallaby, I noticed the whipbird calls ricocheting across the canopy. The melodic bird songs seemed especially loud. I watched an echidna waddle into the brush. 

It was not until I reached the gate that I realised what was missing. No utes barrelling past in a cloud of dust. National Parks had closed the road temporarily. For a few weeks, it truly was a Sanctuary Zone.

I’d like to propose the gate be closed more often, perhaps only open on weekends. Endangered birds make nests in this precious park. There are plenty of other beaches that can be reached by car. With the road closed to vehicles, walkers and bike riders could travel in peace and the wildlife have respite. If we step quietly, we might even see a wallaby!

Laura Shore, New Brighton


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Ancient brewing tradition honoured

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Menacing dog declaration revoked

After an emotional deputation from the owner of the dog involved, Ballina Shire Council has this morning revoked a menacing dog declaration for the kelpie Lilo, which was brought into effect following a bite in July 2022.