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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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Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle is not a fluffball of peace, light and unicorns, though he wears his heart on his sleeve – and his jacket and his jeans. It can get messy. And at 68 his work isn’t getting any fluffier. Husband to six wives (one twice-married) and with three sons (his firstborn, Justin Towns Earle, died tragically in 2020), telling it like it is, both personally and professionally makes his work some of the most important in modern music history – Seven recently spoke to Steve at home in New York about life and his preparations for Bluesfest.

Temporary pods

The very long wait for temporary pods to house those affected by the unprecedented floods has finally been all...

60 charged in Mid North Coast property crime sting – Strike Force Kinnereth

After a strike force was established to investigate alleged break and enters on the Mid North Coast 60 people have been charged with a total of 145 offences

Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

Community advocacy

I am a small business owner of Byron Central Apartments. Tamara Smith MP has recently supported us on two...

Stories about "Ballina ocean pool":

SFA says Ballina’s Speeds Reef surf break ‘endangered’ by ocean pool

The proposed Ocean Pool at Shelly Beach rock platform in Ballina Shire has raised passions of both sides of the pool debate with the latest splash being made by the Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) who have declared Speeds reef surf break as endangered.

Ballina ocean pool sees packed council gallery

Ballina Shire Council saw a packed gallery for its meeting yesterday as Cr Ben Smith put forward a motion to discontinue the Ballina Ocean Pool Project.

Objections to Ballina Ocean Pool based on misinformation say supporters

The proposed Ocean Pool at Shelly Beach near Ballina has come under fire as members of the community question the impact of the pool, yet supporters say they have already had expert reports to address these concerns.

Should Ballina go ahead with an ocean pool?

The viability of the proposed Ballina ocean pool is being questioned with some councillors believing that it is an unaffordable expense to the community.

Something for free?

The announcement of the $4 million promise to build an ocean pool at Shelly Beach if they got elected reminds future ocean swimmers that they might just get it for free.

Ballina ocean pool is more than just an idea

The idea for a Ballina ocean pool is coming one step closer as the final touches are currently being put on the planning reports that will allow the Ballina Shire Council to start applying for funding to get the project off the ground.

Ballina Ocean pool design being considered

The prospect of swimming in a shark-free ocean pool at Shelly Beach has moved a step closer after the engineering design brief for the Ballina Ocean Pool was sent out to a number of consultants recently.

Ballina ocean pool supporters urged to apply for grants

Supporters of an ocean pool at Ballina have been encouraged to apply for NSW Crown Lands grants to bring their dream to reality.

Ballina ocean pool another step closer

The push to build an ocean pool at Ballina has been given the backing of the Ballina Shire Council reserve trusts committee.

Support for Ballina ocean pool ‘overwhelming’

Supporters of an ocean pool in Ballina are hoping it could become a reality within a year.

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.