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January 29, 2023

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Kim Cheshire brings home a Golden Guitar

At a country star-studded event on Saturday evening in Tamworth, local artist Kim Cheshire ascended the stairs of the  Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre to take the Golden Guitar for Alt Country Album of the Year – Looks Like Heaven.

Call for NRRC to intervene in housing market to ensure fair housing outcomes for flood victims

Around 50 people gathered outside the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation’s office in Lismore this morning to call for action for flood victims.

Bangalow Bowlo amalgamation update

Managers of The Bangalow Bowlo say the community witnessed a ‘nail-biting cliff-hanger moment’ late last year, when a 66 per cent ‘Yes’ vote among members paved the way for amalgamation between Bangalow Bowlo, and Norths Collective’

Big cheque for WardellCORE

This week, Wardell's Community Organised Resilience Effort was awarded $10,000 by Southern Cross Credit Union to start a community garden program.

Lismore hospital works completed

The final stage of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment is now complete, says the NSW Liberals and Nationals government.

A bone of contention

Along with over 20,000 locals I would like answers from Tweed Shire Council, and the state government, to the...

Hello, my name is Percy Concrete and I live in Ballina. In fact, you’ll find me everywhere there. Ballina Council is in love with me, and they’re keen to have more of me.

I often hang out with my close associate Burnie Bitumen. Council is a bit naughty, it has its way spreading Burnie around too. I do get a bit jealous because they often dress him up with lots of kinky white paint seemingly just to show him off and really make him stand out.

For some strange reason other councils like to dress their roads up with plants and street trees! But Ballina Council knows better. It really leads the way in doing roads without that pointless median landscaping – it’s just such a distraction.

Take a look at my latest appearance in Kerr Street in Ballina. I’m clean, I’m bold and I have a real macho look. I like the way I kinda stretch out forever and then nicely come together with River Street in an absolute climax of beautiful concrete harmony. I can also make myself available in Kerr Street to do an emergency strip if required for the Ballina airport crew.

I do know that plants help to keep the urban environment cool – but who wants that? I love it hot, and so does Burnie.

Some people criticise me for burning so much energy when I’m made. They say that I contribute to a warming planet, whereas plants used in landscaping take carbon out of the atmosphere. I don’t think Council’s engineers worry about that though. They love me so much and they won’t stop using me until Ballina is fully covered in concrete. Won’t that be lovely!

And a special shout out to those gorgeous councillors who have ideas of using me in a pool on the rock shelf at Shelly Beach. How beautifully romantic – I’d love that. The crew at Council has already laid me, a lot, around Shelly Beach. I match the beachside setting so well, don’t you think?

I do hope that Council continues our affair forever, and I’d like to make myself available to everyone in the Shire. Let’s do it in your home, your factory, or your commercial premises. Let’s further cement Ballina’s place as the concrete capital of the eastern seaboard.

Perceus Concrete, Ballina


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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.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

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Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.