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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

PM’s vaccine

Martin Bail, Federal On 4 February, 2021 ABC News reported, albeit briefly, that the PM will ‘for the record’ be...

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Election 2013


Our in-depth coverage of the federal election includes many not to be missed articles. It will constantly be updated with new information and stories in the coming weeks.

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With 110 candidates, the metre-wide ballot paper hid a lot of controversial preference deals by the minor and micro-parties.

Page Electorate

Coverage including candidate profiles

Kevin Hogan from The Nationals

The Nationals’ Kevin Hogan defeated Labor’s Janelle Saffin in the 2013 election. The seat of Page includes Lismore, Grafton, Ballina and Casino – the electorate is one of the nation’s poorest according to the 2011 Census profile. Ballina is the only major coastal centre in this predominantly rural electorate.

Since being elected he has stated that he would cross the floor if necessary to uphold his stand to keep the Northern Rivers CSG free.

Richmond Electorate

Justine Elliot holds Richmond by 7%
Justine Elliot  – re-elected in 2013

Coverage including candidate profiles

The seat of Richmond was retained on a reduced majority by sitting member Justine Elliot in 2013.  She has held the seat since 2004. The seat includes the coastal strip from Tweed Heads to south of Byron Bay, and inland to Nimbin and Murwillumbah. The seat contains one of the nation’s highest proportions of caravan park dwellers together with less well off retirees in Tweed, the nation’s strongest polling booths for the Greens in the hills around Mullumbimby, as well as a sea change population around Byron.


See all Election 2013 stories


International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.