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A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

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inGrained Foundation grants program returns

In its third year, the inGrained Foundation’s Northern Rivers Large Grants Program returns with a $100,000 funding pool, ready to support a diverse range of local not-for-profits.

NSW coal power stations still emitting dangerous levels of air pollution

New National Pollutant Inventory data shows that toxic air emissions from the state’s coal-fired power stations fell 15% in the year to June 2020, but they are still among the most polluting industrial facilities in NSW.

Winter cross-country up and running in Ballina


The Ballina Athletics Club has started its winter series of weekly cross country runs at Shelley Beach and is expecting up to 300 regulars in its 41st year.

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Lilac house bound by red tape

Mullumbimby resident Nicole Haberecht is facing a $3,000 fine and the prospect of repainting her house after Council made a demand that she change the colour after it was painted a shade of lilac.

A place like home

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby Why do we always focus on adding new buildings when the conversation turns to affordable housing? Byron Shire...

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.

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment they dished out to Pauline...

New film celebrates getting back outside

'Free From Lockdown: Back Out in Nature' is a new short film in which a group of disabled and non-disabled performers from the Northern Rivers celebrate being in nature after COVID lockdown.