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Secret MoU adopted for flood co-operation

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Ballina MP mostly welcomes state budget announcements

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed some of Labor’s funding announcements in last week’s state budget, including a new Fire and Rescue station for Byron Bay and more firies.

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The stuff of stars

Australia’s favourite gathering of astronomers, space enthusiasts and science-forward friends is finally back again in 2024. The organisers are bringing back many of the speakers they had planned before the pandemic cancelled the last event.

Critical incident investigation declared following motorcycle crash – Lismore

A critical investigation has been declared after a teenager was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Lismore.

Tweed Council – committed to a sustainable future

Tweed Shire Council is committed to a sustainable future and working with the community to protect the region’s internationally significant environment. 

A picnic is more fun with painting

It’s that time of year again when baguettes and olives are embraced along with your cerulean blues and your crimson lakes, for the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s annual Community Picnic and Artist Paint Out on Sunday, June 30.

Have your say on Byron Bay’s foreshore 

Byron Council staff have proposed options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal, of the carpark overlooking Main Beach. 

Editorial – Let’s learn about government housing!

With all the noise and fury over the lack of ‘affordable housing’, it might be useful to define what different types there are in Australia’s market-based housing system. 

Mayor Michael Lyon downplayed the secrecy surrounding his request that councillors support a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with flood recovery agencies and the body that represents local councils, the Northern Rivers Joint Organisation (NRJO), at last week’s Council meeting.

The mayor told the chamber his intention was to make it public, yet it was a confidential document at the time of adoption by councillors.

Greens Cr Duncan Dey was the only dissenting vote opposing the Northern Rivers Compact, saying he couldn’t support it as ‘the public knows nothing of it, and it doesn’t need our endorsement’.

The mayor described its as a ‘vanilla document’ which was coming before the NRJO. ‘The NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) have a huge funding presence here in region… this is about us all working together in a non-binding way’.


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