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Looking forward, looking back with Jeff Johnson

Long term independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson reflects on the challenges of the past year, and his priorities for 2023.

Connecting youth at the Quad

Connect Northern Rivers will be hosting a youth-focused event at the Lismore Quad on Wednesday, 8 February from 3.30...

$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

Environment law fails to protect threatened species

A University of Queensland finding says that the federal environmental laws are failing to mitigate against Australia’s extinction crisis.

Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.

The greater good

Byron Council has ratified the International Charter of Human Rights, complete with fine legal minds that developed a Charter...

Stories about "Alcohol-fuelled violence":

Three men charged over Cheeky Monkeys assault

A security guard at Byron Bay’s Cheeky Monkeys Bar and Restaurant was lucky to escape serious injury on Friday after three patrons who had been asked to leave attacked him.

Four arrested after brawl outside Great Northern Hotel

Police were called to the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, on Saturday night after angry would-be patrons attacked security guards

A tale of two Byrons

Paul Davies, Suffolk Park. A thin sliver of intense red sunlight, like a giant bloody fingernail clipping, cuts above the horizon and soon vanishes up...

Pub lockout laws may not work: study

A new study challenges the effectiveness of controversial lockout laws from bars and clubs, such as were implemented in Byron Bay in 2013.

Byron street violence down: police

The assault rate on the streets of Byron has dropped 13 per cent in a year and police say it is due to the conditions of Byron Bay's Liquor Accord beginning to bite.

Ballina fight leaves man in hospital

A 34-year-old man has been charged over an assault outside a Ballina pub at the weekend which left a younger man in hospital with head injuries.

Premier fails to address alcohol violence

Trevor Robertson, Upper Crystal Creek. The alcohol-fuelled violence faced by police and ambulance paramedics every weekend and families left grief-stricken following the deaths of innocent young men must be addressed.

Police union calls for earlier lockouts

Police and harm-prevention campaigners have called for tougher alcohol-trading restrictions in Byron Bay to tackle the grog-fuelled violence problem in the town.

Byron’s licensed premises ‘still protected’

Tony Brown, Newcastle/Byron Bay. I admit I have been one of Barry O’Farrell’s and his government’s greatest critics for their past pathetic response to primarily preventable alcohol-related harm and the avoidable loss of young lives.

Toughened drink laws ‘don’t go far enough’

Police have congratulated the state government over new laws designed to reduce alcohol-related violence but the opposition says the changes don’t go far enough.

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.