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GemLife’s seniors’ housing estate (again) and more Ballina Council 2024 court action

A conciliation conference between the Ballina Shire Council and developers wanting to build a seniors’ resort-style estate in West Ballina is to happen in less than three weeks.

Naked rally in Byron as gov’t agency calls time on ‘nude’ beach

Around 150 people rallied in support of a clothing-optional section of beach in the Byron Shire on Sunday, many of them nude.

Save Wallum protesters celebrate community support

A localised community campaign against development on ecologically sensitive land at Brunswick Heads continues, with more than 300 protestors said to have been on site over the weekend.

Northern Rivers disaster survivor groups form alliance

Sixty people came to a community led disaster recovery forum and workshop in Ballina on Monday, organisers said, nearly two years on from the floods and landslides of 2022.

The Kollective to take on Ballina Shire housing project

Ballina Shire councillors are to debate the future of public lands zoned for residential development in Wollongbar this week, including the potential of selling some or all the assets.

Mayor’s change of heart on Hottentot name change

Byron Mayor Michael Lyon says he hopes to meet with residents of the leafy Hottentot Crescent in Mullumbimby this week to discuss a name change.

The elders came back: Byron crowd celebrates win for aged care village

At least one former resident of the former Feros aged care village in Byron Bay, now known as George’s Cottages, is getting ready to move back.

New $19 million Lennox hotel plans on show

The once sleepy seaside town of Lennox Head, like so many others, continues to undergo a rapid facelift with plans for a new three-storey hotel the latest on show.

Draft Ballina Shire Housing Strategy up for comment

A draft Ballina Shire Housing strategy is on public exhibition until mid-March, with the council to receive community feedback later this year.

Lismore 2023 finance audit shows reliance on grants to get in black

The Lismore City Council ended the 2023 financial year with what councillors generally agreed were encouraging results, given an ongoing disaster recovery, but a reliance on grants.

No convictions recorded for 70 of 99 charged climate activists

More than thirty climate activists controversially charged under NSW laws are free to continue life without penalty after their matters were heard in the Newcastle Local Court last week.

Police respond to NSW LGBQTI+ death inquiry recommendations

The NSW Police Force says it will consider recommendations of and has issued a response to this week’s state’s Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ+ Hate Crimes report. 

Hope for community gardens in Ballina

Ballina Shire Council staff say they could come up with a list of public sites suitable for community gardens in the region within a week if officially requested.

Greens Ballina MP slams Labor’s net zero climate bill

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has slammed Labor’s recent climate bill success as a ‘waste of time’ and says her party will introduce their own next year.

Ballina’s first conservation zone approved

The state’s planning department has approved Ballina’s first conservation zone, although it’s unclear how the land will stay protected given the council’s recent vote for an ‘opt-in’ policy.

Tweed fire ants may be eradicated but more will come, says professor

An entomology professor says authorities are likely to eradicate a Red Imported Fire Ant outbreak in the Tweed Shire but the invasive species will reach the Northern Rivers again.

Ballina takes lead with anti-DV rally

More than five hundred people have rallied on the Northern Rivers along with thousands across the country calling for an end to domestic and family violence.

Bruem’s balloon amendment burst as Ballina Council votes to protect wildlife

Ballina Shire’s balloon ban is to stay in place after a failed attempt by at least one conservative councillor to weaken rules aimed at protecting wildlife and reducing litter.

Ballina rally against domestic violence this Friday

Police and Rotarians are inviting people on the Northern Rivers to wear purple and join them in speaking out against domestic violence this Friday in Ballina.

109 climate action activist arrests at Newcastle Port as G20 countries fail to reduce emissions and global warming continues

Police say they’ve charged more than a hundred protesters at the Rising Tide Newcastle Port blockade after three days of demonstrations.

Tweed under biosecurity exclusion zone after fire ants found

The NSW government has introduced an emergency biosecurity exclusion zone in the Tweed Shire after the discovery of fire ants in NSW for the first time last week.

GemLife’s seniors’ housing estate (again) and more Ballina Council 2024 court action

A conciliation conference between the Ballina Shire Council and developers wanting to build a seniors’ resort-style estate in West Ballina is to happen in less than three weeks.

Naked rally in Byron as gov’t agency calls time on ‘nude’ beach

Around 150 people rallied in support of a clothing-optional section of beach in the Byron Shire on Sunday, many of them nude.

Save Wallum protesters celebrate community support

A localised community campaign against development on ecologically sensitive land at Brunswick Heads continues, with more than 300 protestors said to have been on site over the weekend.

Northern Rivers disaster survivor groups form alliance

Sixty people came to a community led disaster recovery forum and workshop in Ballina on Monday, organisers said, nearly two years on from the floods and landslides of 2022.

The Kollective to take on Ballina Shire housing project

Ballina Shire councillors are to debate the future of public lands zoned for residential development in Wollongbar this week, including the potential of selling some or all the assets.

Mayor’s change of heart on Hottentot name change

Byron Mayor Michael Lyon says he hopes to meet with residents of the leafy Hottentot Crescent in Mullumbimby this week to discuss a name change.

The elders came back: Byron crowd celebrates win for aged care village

At least one former resident of the former Feros aged care village in Byron Bay, now known as George’s Cottages, is getting ready to move back.

New $19 million Lennox hotel plans on show

The once sleepy seaside town of Lennox Head, like so many others, continues to undergo a rapid facelift with plans for a new three-storey hotel the latest on show.

Draft Ballina Shire Housing Strategy up for comment

A draft Ballina Shire Housing strategy is on public exhibition until mid-March, with the council to receive community feedback later this year.

Lismore 2023 finance audit shows reliance on grants to get in black

The Lismore City Council ended the 2023 financial year with what councillors generally agreed were encouraging results, given an ongoing disaster recovery, but a reliance on grants.

No convictions recorded for 70 of 99 charged climate activists

More than thirty climate activists controversially charged under NSW laws are free to continue life without penalty after their matters were heard in the Newcastle Local Court last week.

Police respond to NSW LGBQTI+ death inquiry recommendations

The NSW Police Force says it will consider recommendations of and has issued a response to this week’s state’s Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ+ Hate Crimes report. 

Hope for community gardens in Ballina

Ballina Shire Council staff say they could come up with a list of public sites suitable for community gardens in the region within a week if officially requested.

Greens Ballina MP slams Labor’s net zero climate bill

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has slammed Labor’s recent climate bill success as a ‘waste of time’ and says her party will introduce their own next year.

Ballina’s first conservation zone approved

The state’s planning department has approved Ballina’s first conservation zone, although it’s unclear how the land will stay protected given the council’s recent vote for an ‘opt-in’ policy.

Tweed fire ants may be eradicated but more will come, says professor

An entomology professor says authorities are likely to eradicate a Red Imported Fire Ant outbreak in the Tweed Shire but the invasive species will reach the Northern Rivers again.

Ballina takes lead with anti-DV rally

More than five hundred people have rallied on the Northern Rivers along with thousands across the country calling for an end to domestic and family violence.

Bruem’s balloon amendment burst as Ballina Council votes to protect wildlife

Ballina Shire’s balloon ban is to stay in place after a failed attempt by at least one conservative councillor to weaken rules aimed at protecting wildlife and reducing litter.

Ballina rally against domestic violence this Friday

Police and Rotarians are inviting people on the Northern Rivers to wear purple and join them in speaking out against domestic violence this Friday in Ballina.

109 climate action activist arrests at Newcastle Port as G20 countries fail to reduce emissions and global warming continues

Police say they’ve charged more than a hundred protesters at the Rising Tide Newcastle Port blockade after three days of demonstrations.

Tweed under biosecurity exclusion zone after fire ants found

The NSW government has introduced an emergency biosecurity exclusion zone in the Tweed Shire after the discovery of fire ants in NSW for the first time last week.
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