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Independent Ballina councillor determined to reduce 4WD beach impacts

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson says he isn’t giving up hope for reduced 4WD access to Seven Mile Beach.

Ballina Council wants more cops

Councillor Eoin Johnston won the support of fellow councillors in late May to have staff write to the NSW police minister requesting a review of police numbers in the Ballina shire with specific emphasis on actual rostered shifts for the Alstonville Plateau.

Ballina Shire Council prepares affordable housing strategy, state and fed govts accused of ignoring elephant in room

In the wake of yet more record-breaking real estate price growth on the Northern Rivers earlier this month, Ballina Shire Councilor Ben Smith says state and federal politicians have failed to take on the elephant in the room.

EVs, solar, storage and tree-planting: Ballina Shire Council’s climate change policy

‘More ambitious than the NSW and Australian government targets,’ says the Ballina Shire Council’s sustainability projects officer, Sharyn Hunnisett, of the local government’s draft climate change policy.

Ballina Council displays climate change policy

As students on the Northern Rivers were getting ready to strike for climate action again last Friday, the Ballina Shire Council quietly released a draft climate change policy.

Elegant bikies to don their Sunday Best for mens health

This weekend you have the perfect excuse for pulling out your Sunday Best, riding elegantly through a scenic landscape backdropped by rolling hills and sun-dappled valleys and raising money for a good cause: men’s mental health and prostate cancer research.

Greens MP calls for greater workplace safety in government

Mia Armitage Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has joined calls for improved workplace safety in government after accusations against a Byron Shire resident of...

Greens mayoral candidate apologises to deputy mayor over Fast Buck$ scandal

The Greens’ Byron Shire mayoral candidate says he’s drafting an apology to current deputy mayor and fellow party member Sarah Ndiaye, after publicly defending a Fast Buck$.

Independent councillor to represent Byron’s water security

Mia Armitage Independent Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey says she’s excited to have won the council’s vote for a new representative on the Rous Country...

Business calls for Tweed train tracks to be kept ignored

More than 800 people had signed a petition calling for a new rail trail to be built next to, rather than in place of, the existing disused railway line running through the shire.

Independent councillor fact-checks housing supply in the Byron Shire

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey won approval from fellow councillors last week for a new reporting regime she says will offer clarification on dwellings approved in the shire.

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Northern Star dimming under Murdoch shadow

As democracy advocates and journalists around the world did their best to acknowledge World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in regional Australia, The Northern Star was dimming.

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Thousands of sober stoners march for drug law reform in Nimbin

Nimbin HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said he was surprised at the high turn-out, given a heavy police presence on streets surrounding the rainforest village.

Data proves decades of lies in Murdoch media climate change coverage

When the proof is in the pudding and the spice is climate change, it can leave a bitter taste: after all, it’s no surprise to learn data shows Murdoch media bias.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Independent Ballina councillor determined to reduce 4WD beach impacts

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson says he isn’t giving up hope for reduced 4WD access to Seven Mile Beach.

Ballina Council wants more cops

Councillor Eoin Johnston won the support of fellow councillors in late May to have staff write to the NSW police minister requesting a review of police numbers in the Ballina shire with specific emphasis on actual rostered shifts for the Alstonville Plateau.

Ballina Shire Council prepares affordable housing strategy, state and fed govts accused of ignoring elephant in room

In the wake of yet more record-breaking real estate price growth on the Northern Rivers earlier this month, Ballina Shire Councilor Ben Smith says state and federal politicians have failed to take on the elephant in the room.

EVs, solar, storage and tree-planting: Ballina Shire Council’s climate change policy

‘More ambitious than the NSW and Australian government targets,’ says the Ballina Shire Council’s sustainability projects officer, Sharyn Hunnisett, of the local government’s draft climate change policy.

Ballina Council displays climate change policy

As students on the Northern Rivers were getting ready to strike for climate action again last Friday, the Ballina Shire Council quietly released a draft climate change policy.

Elegant bikies to don their Sunday Best for mens health

This weekend you have the perfect excuse for pulling out your Sunday Best, riding elegantly through a scenic landscape backdropped by rolling hills and sun-dappled valleys and raising money for a good cause: men’s mental health and prostate cancer research.

Greens MP calls for greater workplace safety in government

Mia Armitage Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has joined calls for improved workplace safety in government after accusations against a Byron Shire resident of...

Greens mayoral candidate apologises to deputy mayor over Fast Buck$ scandal

The Greens’ Byron Shire mayoral candidate says he’s drafting an apology to current deputy mayor and fellow party member Sarah Ndiaye, after publicly defending a Fast Buck$.

Independent councillor to represent Byron’s water security

Mia Armitage Independent Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey says she’s excited to have won the council’s vote for a new representative on the Rous Country...

Business calls for Tweed train tracks to be kept ignored

More than 800 people had signed a petition calling for a new rail trail to be built next to, rather than in place of, the existing disused railway line running through the shire.

Independent councillor fact-checks housing supply in the Byron Shire

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey won approval from fellow councillors last week for a new reporting regime she says will offer clarification on dwellings approved in the shire.

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Northern Star dimming under Murdoch shadow

As democracy advocates and journalists around the world did their best to acknowledge World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in regional Australia, The Northern Star was dimming.

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Thousands of sober stoners march for drug law reform in Nimbin

Nimbin HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said he was surprised at the high turn-out, given a heavy police presence on streets surrounding the rainforest village.

Data proves decades of lies in Murdoch media climate change coverage

When the proof is in the pudding and the spice is climate change, it can leave a bitter taste: after all, it’s no surprise to learn data shows Murdoch media bias.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.
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