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Ryce: Asian, sea breeze, ocean views, balcony, cocktails!

Story and photos S&S Haslam Refreshingly, the new Ryce restaurant near the beach in Jonson St, in the newly renovated Hog’s Breath site between The...

From the Mountain to the Market

By Ben Schmitz Working on the land is a great way to bio-energetically co-create with this incredible country we are so blessed to be a...

Exploding fun park election ad backfires

Stephanie Deane, secretary, Save JEBH Group.  Firstly, I uphold the Australian right to free speech and, secondly, I uphold the right of any newspaper as...

Let Cherry blossom in Tweed

Julie Boyd, Hastings Point, Group B Tweed council candidate This election is crucial for residents of the Tweed. It will set the scene for the...

Quarter of a century long enough for Polglase

Stephanie Deane, Group B Tweed Shire Council candidate This week residents of Tweed have the opportunity to change the face of council. It's no good...

More ethical councillors needed in Tweed

Stephen Lloyd, Murwillumbah.  The Tweed Shire Council election is coming with up a whole truckload of aspiring councillors and quite a few crackers. But when you...

Tweed Nats’ familiar tricks

Stephanie Deane, Tweed Shire Council candidate, Tweed Heads. Tweed Council currently has a Request for Offer (RFO) 2016217 titled expression of interest – licence to conduct a...

Wards not the answer says Tweed poll candidate

Neglect of community infrastructure is feeding growing calls for the introduction of a ward system for Tweed Shire Council, but that won't fix the problem, according to a candidate in the upcoming poll.

Kaye takes the plunge again in Tweed poll

Tweed Heads high-school teacher Kaye Sharples, who narrowly missed out on election to Tweed Shire Council four years ago, is hoping her neighbourhood group will this time make the grade.

Tweed council candidate slams Black Rocks decision

Tweed Shire Council candidate Michael McNamara has lashed out at councillors who voted to sign a five-year lease on a temporary site for the Pottsville Men's Shed at the Black Rocks Sports Field at its last meeting.

Nominations open for Tweed elections

Nominations have opened for candidates in the Tweed Shire Council election, which will be held on Saturday, October 29. The election, which was to have been held on September 10 was postponed after the death of candidate Ken Nicholson.

Five new faces on Byron Council

In a remarkable change to the local political climate, five new councillors have been voted on to Byron Shire Council.

Greens Adam Guise to join ‘progressive’ Lismore council

Greens candidate Adam Guise has been elected to one of the final positions on the Lismore City Council, meaning that Lismore's new mayor Isaac Smith will lead a majority of so-called progressives.

Greens miss out on Ballina council seat

Ballina Greens spokesperson Tony Gilding said the party branch would be ‘doing some naval gazing’ after none of its three candidates were elected to Ballina council.

Smith the mayor of Lismore, as Wright retains Ballina

Country Labor's Isaac Smith is the new mayor of Lismore after defeating Greg Bennett, a member of the Shooters and Fishers Party. Meanwhile, David Wright has been re-elected mayor of Ballina by a margin of 1,254 votes ahead of former Greens councillor and now independent Jeff Johnson.

Ballina mayor ‘hopeful’ for another term

Outgoing Ballina mayor David Wright says that even though the numbers look to be going his way, he’s not going to claim victory until the announcement by the NSW Electoral Commission, expected later today.

Rose didn’t jump, she was pushed

Doug Luke, Byron Bay.  Congratulations, Byron Greens! I was secretary of Byron Greens at the time when Rose Wanchap ceased to be a member. Not long after...

Lismore still waiting to know who is mayor

UPDATE: The Lismore mayoral vote will not continue today but instead will resume in the morning. The returning officer in charge of the Lismore election...

Byron coastal plan to be recalled

Byron Shire Council’s re-elected Greens mayor Simon Richardson says he will use the progressives’ thumping new majority to recall the controversial CZMP, pushed through in the dying days of the previous council.

Simon Richardson set for second term as Byron’s mayor

Byron Greens mayor Simon Richardson has been entrusted with a second term after almost half of the shire's voters gave him their first preference. But things are not so clear-cut in neighbouring Lismore and Ballina.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 March, 2021

Interview with Mell Coppin and Zara Noruzi, from Byron Comedy Festival

Byron Bay Comedy Festival: Bringing in the Laughs. Last year wiped out our entire entertainment program, but while things aren’t completely back to normal, it’s looking up. The easing of COVID-19 Public Health restrictions means that smaller events are back!

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Aged Care Fail

Our aged care system is broken. We didn’t need a Royal Commission to tell us that many of our old people have been abused by the system that is supposed to care for them. But now we have hard evidence that we are failing our elders. Some of the data that has been released is shocking. One in five residents have experienced sexual or physical abuse.

Sowing the seed for a connected, local food chain

Lisa Machin If you’ve ever been to the New Brighton or Mullum Farmers Markets you’d be forgiven if you thought you were seeing double. Over the...