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Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as part of Dunoon Dam campaign

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

More than 8,000 free meals given away in Ballina lockdown

Around 8,000 free meals were given to a dramatically increased number of people needing them in Ballina over the lockdown period starting 9 August.

Ballina mayor hopeful and Dunoon Dam advocate loses bid for new water science team

Cr Cadwallader said earlier this year she’d be running for mayor in the next local government elections and that water security, particularly the dumped Dunoon Dam proposal, would be one of her key campaign issues.

Ballina Shire Council votes down affordable housing at old depot

A majority of Ballina Shire councillors have voted against developing an affordable housing project on Ballina Island’s state-owned old depot.

More than 500 take part in regional housing taskfoce meetings

The state’s planning minister says more than 500 people across regional NSW took part in his department’s Regional Housing Taskforce virtual roadshow earlier this...

Ballina council hopes of the ‘most significant community parkland’ in the region

The council said it was working on a $25 million plan for the future of the land and had released a draft copy for public feedback.

No jobs lost when Rous moves to old tea tree farm, says chair

The chair’s reassurances came after Country Labor Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin expressed concerns about job losses in Lismore, home to Rous headquarters, due to the move.

Seniors speak of lockdown angst

Global Health Aging Research Professor, Bei Wu, at New York University, says mental health problems caused by isolation and loneliness are magnified for seniors and exacerbated by lockdowns and other restrictions.

Nationals MP calls for emergency response to housing crisis

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis [Nationals] called for emergency orders in response to the NSW housing crisis on Tuesday as part of an online regional housing taskforce meeting.

Casino pharmacy delivering AZ vax to almost anyone without GP

Vaccine-administering pharmacist Kellie Beckenham said she’d given out her first eleven COVID-19 vaccines on Monday at McDonalds Pharmacy in Casino's CBD.

Essential workers need COVID-19 vax to enter QLD

The Queensland government says essential workers traveling into the state will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Friday.

Government cancels in-person Northern Rivers housing crisis meetings

The state government’s regional housing taskforce meetings due to happen in Ballina next week have been shortened and shifted online.

Ballina MP urges electorate to get Covid vax as lockdown starts

‘Reach out and get your vaccination’: that was the message from the Member of Ballina Tamara Smith [The Greens] to her constituents as much of the Northern Rivers entered a seven-day pandemic lock-down on Monday evening.

Calls for Royal Commission into housing crisis

The council also voted to write to the NSW Planning Minister about short-term rental accommodation policy reforms.

More than a missed gig: cancelled Bluesfest 2021 equivalent to nearly 900 job losses

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says data analysis shows this year’s last-minute festival cancelation due to pandemic public health orders cost the Australian economy more than $225 million.

Border bubble zone bursts thanks to COVID-19 cases in QLD

Anyone in NSW who has been in one or more of eleven particular Queensland local government areas since 21 July is required to stay at home for fourteen days from the date they were last in those areas, 'or until the notice is revoked', authorities said Monday.

Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

Environmental activists say a 48-year-old Lismore nurse will face court on Wednesday in Canberra over protest stunts at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association's headquarters.

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

New gallery and studio breathes life into old church and graveyard

Was it divine intervention or western democracy that changed the fate of a former country church on the Northern Rivers last week?

Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as part of Dunoon Dam campaign

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

More than 8,000 free meals given away in Ballina lockdown

Around 8,000 free meals were given to a dramatically increased number of people needing them in Ballina over the lockdown period starting 9 August.

Ballina mayor hopeful and Dunoon Dam advocate loses bid for new water science team

Cr Cadwallader said earlier this year she’d be running for mayor in the next local government elections and that water security, particularly the dumped Dunoon Dam proposal, would be one of her key campaign issues.

Ballina Shire Council votes down affordable housing at old depot

A majority of Ballina Shire councillors have voted against developing an affordable housing project on Ballina Island’s state-owned old depot.

More than 500 take part in regional housing taskfoce meetings

The state’s planning minister says more than 500 people across regional NSW took part in his department’s Regional Housing Taskforce virtual roadshow earlier this...

Ballina council hopes of the ‘most significant community parkland’ in the region

The council said it was working on a $25 million plan for the future of the land and had released a draft copy for public feedback.

No jobs lost when Rous moves to old tea tree farm, says chair

The chair’s reassurances came after Country Labor Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin expressed concerns about job losses in Lismore, home to Rous headquarters, due to the move.

Seniors speak of lockdown angst

Global Health Aging Research Professor, Bei Wu, at New York University, says mental health problems caused by isolation and loneliness are magnified for seniors and exacerbated by lockdowns and other restrictions.

Nationals MP calls for emergency response to housing crisis

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis [Nationals] called for emergency orders in response to the NSW housing crisis on Tuesday as part of an online regional housing taskforce meeting.

Casino pharmacy delivering AZ vax to almost anyone without GP

Vaccine-administering pharmacist Kellie Beckenham said she’d given out her first eleven COVID-19 vaccines on Monday at McDonalds Pharmacy in Casino's CBD.

Essential workers need COVID-19 vax to enter QLD

The Queensland government says essential workers traveling into the state will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Friday.

Government cancels in-person Northern Rivers housing crisis meetings

The state government’s regional housing taskforce meetings due to happen in Ballina next week have been shortened and shifted online.

Ballina MP urges electorate to get Covid vax as lockdown starts

‘Reach out and get your vaccination’: that was the message from the Member of Ballina Tamara Smith [The Greens] to her constituents as much of the Northern Rivers entered a seven-day pandemic lock-down on Monday evening.

Calls for Royal Commission into housing crisis

The council also voted to write to the NSW Planning Minister about short-term rental accommodation policy reforms.

More than a missed gig: cancelled Bluesfest 2021 equivalent to nearly 900 job losses

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says data analysis shows this year’s last-minute festival cancelation due to pandemic public health orders cost the Australian economy more than $225 million.

Border bubble zone bursts thanks to COVID-19 cases in QLD

Anyone in NSW who has been in one or more of eleven particular Queensland local government areas since 21 July is required to stay at home for fourteen days from the date they were last in those areas, 'or until the notice is revoked', authorities said Monday.

Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

Environmental activists say a 48-year-old Lismore nurse will face court on Wednesday in Canberra over protest stunts at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association's headquarters.

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

New gallery and studio breathes life into old church and graveyard

Was it divine intervention or western democracy that changed the fate of a former country church on the Northern Rivers last week?
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