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$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.


What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is...

Environment law fails to protect threatened species

A University of Queensland finding says that the federal environmental laws are failing to mitigate against Australia’s extinction crisis.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Big fleet chases class championship

Twenty-one boats took to the water to compete in one long race that made up the fourth instalment of...

The current popular style of house building and renovation in Byron Bay I refer to as the ‘butter box bunker’ (BBB) style. This type of house is composed of a facade comprising a series of right-angled shapes often of contrasting textures. They are angular and ugly (I think) and clash aesthetically with the older houses around them.

They are also totally unsuited to the local climate. The best way to regulate the internal temperature of a house is: (a) raise it off the ground; and (b) have a substantial pad of air under a pitched roof above it.

This BBB type of house is usually built on a concrete slab with a skillion roof. The windows seem never to have awnings presumably as they would interfere with the geometric ‘look’ of the design. But an unshaded piece of glass becomes a hotplate radiating heat into the room behind it, and if it is raining and hot at the same time you have the choice of shutting out the rain but cutting off the airflow, or leaving it open and letting in the rain.

These houses often feature a ‘picture window’ which doesn’t overlook beach or bush but merely the street outside. Most of these windows are sealed, which suggests this type of house is dependent on airconditioning. Not a good choice during a climate crisis even if the owners don’t care ‘because we can afford it’.

David Gilet, Byron Bay

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Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.

Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.