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Northern Regional Planning Panel looks at Bentley Quarry

The Northern Regional Planning Panel has notified residents and stakeholders of a determination meeting about the controversial Bentley Quarry on Bentley Rd, to be held next Wednesday.

Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

Regenerating Australia, by Damon Gameau, is a short film that looks back at the next ten years from the eve of 2029 and recounts all of the actions we have taken on climate change and ecological degradation.

Echo flood donation appeal tops $25,000

Thanks to the generosity of over 100 donors, The Echo flood donation appeal has topped $25,000 which is already being directly donated to a range of grassroots organisations, with zero deductions.

Cloudcatcher Media highlights farmers in the ‘Sacrifice Zone’

Months into the making of their new film, local duo Cloudcatcher Media has launched a trailer and the farmers who are producing the project have launched a Chuffed crowdfunder

Thrills and spills at the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby

Wet weather turned Byron Street into a virtual slippery dip on Sunday for Bangalow's craziest annual event. But that didn't stop the riders of these unique home-made machines – or the punters. WATCH THE VIDEO

Byron Bay triathlon: still running after 20 years

VIDEO: Glorious sunshine greeted more than 1,000 people who took part in the Byron Bay Triathlon on Sunday, celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary. Amateur athletes mixed it with professional runners in one of the town’s popular annual attractions.

MardiGrass 2015

VIDEO: The wet weather made it difficult for many would-be revellers to reach the Nimbin MardiGrass on the weekend but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who did.

Mullumbimby’s happy hippie reunion

VIDEO: It's more than 40 years since many of the 'old settlers' of areas such as Main Arm and Huonbrook first put down roots in the Mullumbimby region, so it's probably a surprise that last weekend saw their first ever reunion.

Bradbury film digs deep to reveal war-veteran’s demons

Award-winning documentary filmmaker David Bradbury's latest film The Crater tells the powerful story of a Vietnam war veteran's quest to find the bodies of 42 enemy soldiers he helped bury after a fierce battle. WATCH VIDEO

Byron youth rally to save centre

VIDEO: For 20 years, Byron Youth Service has run programs, courses, events and activities which have acted as an incubator for the area’s youngsters. But much of that is under threat from funding cuts, so the youngsters rallied to raise funds.

Bluesfest acts inspire 100,000 people

The 26th annual Bluesfest, which drew more than 100,000 people to its Tyagarah site over the Easter weekend and featured almost 1,000 performers in 89 bands, wrapped up last night, with organisers and performers hailing it a big success.

Byron wants a solar revolution

The push for renewable energy in Byron shire took another inspiring leap at the Byron Solar Revolution symposium on Saturday. And In a solar future, as Professor Tim Flannery told locals, Byron could be in front as the first place on the east coast to greet the sun. WATCH VIDEO

A little bit of Bentley comes to Byron Bay

VIDEO: As Saturday morning dawned, the Angel of Bentley rose over Byron Bay's Main Beach, almost a year to the day that the blockade wound up after the state government halted Metgasco's CSG drilling licence there.

Lismore tastes its first Eat the Street

Lismore’s central business district came alive on Saturday with hundreds of people enjoying the smells and taste of exotic foods served up by local restaurants at the inaugural Eat the Street Festival. WATCH VIDEO

Magic happens in the dark

The international reputation of the Byron Bay Film Festival continues to grow and grow, and is also reflected in an increasing number of entries from overseas for the big 10-day event this year. WATCH VIDEO

Sustainable farming for the future

Sustainable farming guru, Joel Salatin came to Byron Bay's The Farm on Sunday to give a sold-out presentation on how to feed the planet without destroying it. Watch the video

Hundreds rally to ‘Protect Byron’

Hundreds of people rallied in Byron Bay yesterday to protest against the proposed over-development of the town sparked by the recent controversial approval of rezoning of West Byron for hundreds of new homes. WATCH VIDEO

Flood scouting with the SES in Byron

The widespread and soaking rain of the past week caused minor flooding around Byron shire, which kept State Emergency Service units and their volunteers as well as police rescuers on standby and busy for the clean up. WATCH VIDEO

Women rise and dance to end violence

Scores of women young and old celebrated V Day at dawn on Byron Bay’s Main Beach on Valentine’s Day in an event aimed to end violence against women and girls. WATCH VIDEO

A taste of shamanic medicine and culture

VIDEO: Shamanic medicine and plant culture was the focus of the Somara Shamanic Medicine Forum held in Byron Bay yesterday. Interest in shamanic practices, which have been with us for millennia, is growing in Australia and western countries.

‘Fresh meat’ for Byron’s Bay Rollers

Byron's own roller derby team, the Bay Rollers, had their season sign-up day on Friday evening, which included the inaugural intake for the new junior league.

Byron rallies to save the Reef

VIDEO: On Sunday, as many of us were unwinding at the beach, a small but dedicated group of people gathered on the Byron Bay foreshore to protest against the imminent destruction of the Great Barrier Reef,.

Chips fly at Bruns woodchop carnival

VIDEO: The annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop carnival drew hundreds of people from all over the country to watch the big axemen and axewomen muscle it out.

Festival focuses on wellbeing

VIDEO: The annual Starlight Wellbeing Expo at Bangalow yesterday drew many people searching for something a little different to everyday life, featuring speakers on spirituality, healing, astronomy, plus Tibetan chanting, workshops, gourmet vegetarian food, music and more.

Falling in love with Falls

VIDEO Thousands of music and arts lovers from all around the world made the annual pilgrimage to the second Falls Festival to be held in Byron shire, a sold-out four-day extravaganza of chilled-out vibes and sounds from some of the edgiest Australian and overseas performers.

Tsunami-survival memories still fresh

Former Greens MLC Ian Cohen, from Broken Head, was about to start a surfing safari in Sri Lanka in 2004 when he was caught in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people and devastated large parts of the country.

Carols against gas at Thomas George’s office

Lismore National Party MP Thomas George let carollers eat cake when they gathered outside his office to sing for a gasfield free northern rivers on Thursday.

Spirits soar at Uplift Festival

VIDEO, PHOTOS: The 2014 Uplift Festival at Byron Bay over the past four days was truly a melting pot of consciousness, with hundreds of people enjoying the hybrid music festival/conference which promotes peace, spirituality and ecological sustainability.

Bentley CSG blockaders honoured

The North Coast Environment Council has given its prestigious Triumph Over Greed Award to Ian Gaillard on behalf of the Bentley Protectors and all those who supported the Bentley blockade. Watch video

Red frogs and guardians for Schoolies at Byron

VIDEO: Thousands of high-school leavers have descended on Byron Bay for the annual Schoolies Week celebrations. Volunteers at the Schoolies Hub are being kept busy looking after their safety and putting a smile on their faces.

Shake that jive, Mullum comes alive

VIDEO: The biggest little town in Australia came alive with sound and colour at the weekend for the seventh annual Mullum Music Festival, when the town puts on the ritz in the only way it knows how.

Ballina celebrates with Prawn Festival

Ballina celebrated its river and beachside heritage at the weekend with its annual Prawn Festival. The festival featured a street parade, music, markets and competitions such as prawn shelling. Video Sharon Shostak

Mullumbimby show a hit for young and old

Thousands flooded into the Mullumbimby showgrounds at the weekend to enjoy a slice of country life at the annual Mullumbimby show.

Thousands flood Lismore for gasfield-free declaration

Thousands of people from communities across the northern rivers descended on Lismore on Saturday to declare their region a gasfield free zone. If anyone wants to know the exact numbers, feel free to count the faces in our pictures.

Byron Bay Surf Festival pulls them in

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UBdRI32ZhY The fourth annual Byron Bay Surf Festival at the weekend celebrated surfing culture in classic Byron Bay style with hundreds of locals and visitors...

Byron 7s celebrate 25 years of play

The Byron Bay Rugby Union - Rugby 7s, has been an annual event since 1990. During its 25 years it has attracted teams from the local area, country NSW, Sydney, and from nations such as Fiji, New Zealand, New Guinea and New Caledonia.

Nimbin protests peacefully against aggro police raids

Hundreds of Nimbin residents angered at recent police raids in the town turned out to protest peacefully against them, with a march along the main street and a 'smoke-in' outside the town's police station on Saturday.

An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit