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Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

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Cartoon of the week – 8 February 2023

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Santos

Santos – most of us are familiar with that coal seam gas (CSG) company? Well, remember it well. The coalition...

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

Mullumbimby rail corridor deals behind closed doors

With no consultation with either the Mullum Chamber of Commerce, the town’s residents association or the community at large, Byron Council and the NSW Liberal-Nationals have announced a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to develop the town’s disused railway land.

Tweed Council extends its dogs-on-leash program

Tweed Shire Council is extending its Take the Lead program which aims to reduce the number of dogs off-leash in high conservation value areas and other public places in the Tweed.

Local libraries get ByteWise about science

A National Science and Technology Centre program, ByteWise is a revolving showcase of 24 interactive exhibitions that will be touring the Northern Rivers for the next three months.

Stories about "Australian writing":

Writing for wellbeing gets recognition

Sometimes all it takes is a hunch coupled with a good bit of work to create something successful. That is the case for former local journalist Stephanie Dale who has been working with people in rural and remote Australia encouraging them to write.

Writer Bob Ellis dies, aged 73

Prolific writer Bob Ellis has died at his home in Sydney at the age of 73 after a battle with liver cancer. A Seventh Day Adventist who grew up in Lismore, Ellis wrote speeches for Labor leaders including Paul Keating, Kim Beazley and Bob Carr.

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

Dr Firth questions arborists' valuation of a paperbark tree to be removed for Kingscliff development and says the council needs to 'establish a reasonable standard of tree valuation'. 

Remembering the latest victim of domestic violence, killed by a man on bail

I granted bail to men who then killed. I refused bail to several who did not last 24 hours behind bars – shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned in their own vomit.

Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

A much-loved fig tree next to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been saved from destruction – for now – by the quick thinking of a local activist.