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New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

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Musicians and MLC support the save Wallum fight

As the drama unfolded between police and protesters at the Wallum Development in Brunswick Heads yesterday, people were drawn to the site by the red alerts sent out by the Save Wallum organisers.

Man dies in hospital following an E-bike crash – Byron Bay

A man has died in hospital following an E bike crash in Byron Bay earlier this month.

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.

2022 flood data quietly made public  

The long-awaited state government analysis of the 2022 flood in the shire’s north is now available on the SES website.

Rebuilding communities from Lennox and Evans Head to Coraki and Woodburn

In February and March 2022, our region was subject to a series of weather events that causeed one of the nation’s worst recorded flood disasters. The economic impact of a natural disaster can be felt far beyond the damage to housing and infrastructure.

New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

Standing: Melinda Kemp, Mentor, Sarah Armstrong, and Jennifer St George, with Kathryn Goldie and Nick Margan seated. Photo Jeff Dawsoners FEstival

Since 2001, the Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship has been inspiring writers on the path to publication. This year saw four writers spend a week in Possum Creek being mentored by Walkley Award-winning journalist and author, Sarah Armstrong.

The Lismore floods and climate change, finding your place and your people, love and loss, and forced adoption are themes tackled by the authors in this year’s prestigious Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship.

Nic Margan’s experience of escaping the rising flood water in Lismore with his wife, one-month-old daughter and their three chickens inspired him to write about it.

‘It amazed me how even small insights from the others inspired a whole new passage of the story, and helped me get closer to the heart of my manuscript,’ he said.

Sarah, an early graduate of the program with her novel Salt Rain, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Literary Award, said ‘programs like this, run by Byron Writers Festival, help build a supportive local writing community’.

‘I look forward to reading the work of these writers between covers one day.’

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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.

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