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Council is stating that breaches of licence conditions, in part, justifies spending $10m on transferring raw sewage from Ocean...

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Black bellied whale sighted at Ballina dubbed ‘Liquorice’

For years southern waters whale watchers have been keeping their eyes keen for Migaloo and his offspring, but just...

Looking for men with osteoarthritis of the knee

Pain from arthritis can be debilitating and ‘is the most frequent cause of disability among adults in the developed world,’ says Professor Stephen Myers from Southern Cross University (SCU).

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

Egotistic rabble

Strident anti-vaxxers claim that COVID-19 vaccination violates their individual sovereignty and freedom. However, there’s not a beep from them...

Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

Crime Stoppers says that almost 90 per cent of Australians have received at least one nuisance or unwanted call every week

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Eight years of ‘suffering’ for Australia’s asylum seekers

Ballina Region for Refugees [BRR]has highlighted the dubious anniversary this week by again calling on Northern Rivers’ locals to write to politicians demanding an end to detention for people who found to be genuine refugees.

Urgent call to write to MPs as 90 medevac’d asylum-seekers endure detention in Australia

Ninety men have been in hotels and other types of detention across Australia since 2019 after spending six years on Manus or Nauru islands.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

New initiative supports refugees in the community

Sponsoring refugees to settle in Australia could be on the cards if the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) pilot program, that Ballina Region for Refugees (BRFR) is participating in, is successful.

Thus Spake Mungo: Morrison leads the way to the ultimate Pacific solution

The Great White Father has arrived on the far-flung atolls of the Pacific. Like the missionaries before him, Scott Morrison is delivering the bringing of the light -- a gospel of hope and salvation. Well, up to a point. Boiled down, his message is that if they are worried about the rising waters, they should sandbag the foreshores and move to higher ground (if there is any), because he is not going to do anything substantial to help.

The world must not stand by and see Rahaf forcibly returned

Saudi Arabia is attempting to force 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to return to the country after being apprehended in Thailand en route to Australia where she had hoped to seek asylum.

There are humane alternatives for helping refugees

Jenny Coman, Bangalow. Where does Peter Dutton get his ideas from – or are they prompts? Having watched and listened to him (reluctantly) during the time of this government, I can’t believe he could come up with anything original – unless he does have one area of expertise: fear mongering.

Refugees are not criminals

Scott Sledge, president, Northern Rivers Guardians. Dear Kevin Hogan, MP: I heard about the demonstration outside your office today too late to attend. I'll write instead:

Lismore rally to protest return of asylum seekers to Nauru

A rally to protest the Federal Government's 'inhumane treatment' of asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres is being held in Lismore, and other centres across Australia, today.

Byron’s uncaring councillors show true colours

Jenny Coman, Bangalow. It’s a pity that more of the large gallery present for public access at the beginning of last week’s first Byron Shire Council meeting of the year didn’t stay for at least the first item of business which was Cr Dey’s motion to reject doing business with companies that abuse human rights; he clearly had those responsible for the appalling treatment of our asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus in mind.

COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.