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Suicide prevention funding promised for north coast

The North Coast Primary Health Network has been selected as one of four lead sites across Australia to implement a new suicide prevention program if the Coalition is returned on Saturday.

North Coast GPs urge end to Medicare freeze

North Coast GPs say local patients will be the losers if the the current ‘freeze’ on the rebate for Medicare consultations is not ended by whichever political party wins government this weekend.

666 apprenticeships lost in Page electorate: Saffin

The number of apprenticeships in the Page electorate has fallen by 31.5 per cent in two years, according to Federal Department of Education figures. Federal Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin said the drop in numbers equated to 666 apprenticeships, with the figures replicated across Australia.

God will look after the Barrier Reef

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm Handing out how-to-vote cards at a Tweed Heads pre-polling booth I struck upon the idea of saying ‘vote Green to save...

New govt must address north coast youth unemployment

The next federal government must address the youth unemployment crisis in the Page electorate, which has left 21.6 per cent of young people out of work, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Pollies dash madly around electorates as poll looms

The last few days before the July 2 federal election will see more high profile politicians in the Richmond and Page electorates in an effort to shore up last minute voter support.

Vote for change or the planet will perish

Sarah Buchanan, Brunswick Heads Bob Brown in Murwillumbah the other night was brilliant, humble, funny and (as usual) spot on. He does not mince words...

Protest against proposed mega port for Yamba

The Greens candidate for Page Kudra Falla-Ricketts joined residents of the lower Clarence in a pop up protest against a proposal for industrialisation of the Port of Yamba. Developers are currently lobbying government to allow the construction of a large industrial port in the Clarence River estuary.

Candidates support rail trail from Casino to M’bah

Supporters of a rail trail between Casino and Murwillumbah have been buoyed by positive responses from candidates in the federal election.

Bill of Rights call gets Page candidates’ approval

The three leading candidates in the Page electorate have all indicated they would like to see a federal Bill of Rights. The chorus of agreement came at a meet the candidates forum in Casino this morning.

Nationals candidate missing in action at forum

A two-month election campaign is a long time, and no doubt exhausting, but the audience at last night’s Richmond candidates forum was clearly disappointed that Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser was unable to make it.

Gonski supporters to doorknock Page electorate

Volunteers will be doorknocking throughout the Page electorate on 26 June as part of the grassroots campaign against proposed cuts to Gonski funding.

Why are politicians ignoring Byron Shire?

That is the question Byron mayor Simon Richardson has posed after successive election promises have ignored the needs of the ‘Byron Bubble’ while funding big-ticket and, some might argue, less urgent projects in neighbouring shires.

Brunswick Heads man promotes unity in bid for Senate

NSW independent candidate for the Senate Liam Munday has a vision for the future. The 32 year-old Brunswick Heads diver has turned his skills to politics in a heart-felt quest to promote the concept of Ubuntu.

Hogan announces $2m to fix local roads

Page MP Kevin Hogan and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced funding of $2 million to upgrade local roads.

Saffin promises $2.9m for community infrastructure

A skatepark for Broadwater, an adventure playground for Woodburn and a study into a rail trail between Casino and Lismore are among promises made by Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin.

PM in Page promising funding for jobs

Jobs will again be the focus on the election trail as Malcolm Turnbull heads to the NSW north coast today, but this time with a $25 million pledge.

Independent candidates lose out on layout

John Cooper, independent Senate candidate NSW, Brunswick Heads I have been contacted by many fellow independents raising concerns about the layout of the Senate election...

Candidates versus culture vultures at arts, media forum

The three main contenders for the seat of Page will face the scrutiny of arts lovers at a specially convened candidates’ forum next week.

Hogan commits $2m to replace Kyogle bridges

Wooden bridge replacements across Kyogle Shire will be fast-tracked by a re-elected Coalition Government, following a $2 million commitment from The Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...