NSW Rural Fire Service members at Mullumbimby have welcomed their latest addition to fighting fires this bushfire season with a new $197,000 Category Seven pumper. But that's not all…
Nationals MLC and Ballina state election candidate Ben Franklin has responded to comments by Labor Lismore candidate Janelle Saffin that Labor will legislate lower power costs for consumers.
Construction will begin shortly of a new, purpose-built Men’s Shed at Ballina after the NSW government announced today it would put $150,000 in funding towards the facility.
MLC Ben Franklin has defended the NSW government’s record on rural roads after Ballina MP Tamara Smith claimed ‘just $50 million will be spent on fixing blackspots on rural roads this year.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has launched an attack on what she claims is an ‘empty funding pledge’ by North Coast National Party MLC Ben Franklin to sink millions of dollars into improving the health of the Richmond River.
A limousine delivering NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian to a media conference in Byron Bay on Tuesday had to pass through a barrage of West Byron protesters.
Local NSW Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has announced he will seek to become the Nationals candidate for the seat of Ballina at the next state election in 2019.
Shelly Beach Surf Club is now set to proceed with the final stage of the building’s restoration following a $98,000 grant from the NSW Government, funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs.
If you have been wondering why cattle grids are being installed at busy intersections adjacent to the Pacific Highway recently, the answer is that they aren’t for cattle. The grids are to prevent koalas from accessing the busy Pacific Motorway.
People power and a quick response by staff at the Lismore Base Hospital has ensured that the milk contract for local hospitals has been returned to NORCO.
From archery and sailing to basketball and tennis there are plenty of local sports clubs that have received funding for everything from uniforms to bows and arrows.
The Buttery has received $257,000 to assist young people aged 10 to 19 with drug and alcohol problems to help them get earlier access to treatment.
Funding for Heritage House in Bangalow and the Sandhills Early Childhood Centre in Byron Bay was announced yesterday with a second round of funding now open to community groups for available for infrastructure and sporting facilities.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I am disgusted by the buck-passing of the Liberal Planning Minister and local National Party member over their government’s decision to impose 1,000 houses in a Western Sydney style development on western Byron Bay, and their pretence... Read More →
Keith Duncan, Pimlico. An interesting letter from Keith Williams and Ballina Country Labor (Echo, February 28) regarding the ongoing pork barrelling activities by the Nationals Ben Franklin, yes this fellow is like father Christmas, he’s popping down every chimney in... Read More →
The Roads and Maritime Sevices (RMS) are disputing claims made by local business owner Tony Gilding about the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale.
Many local businesses have suffered financial losses since the RMS opened the Pacific Highway upgrade between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale as the RMS continues to break its commitments.
Welcome to an investigation of where egos clash, point scoring is king and well, you, the dear voter, appear to be treated like an infant who is being fought over by competing foster parents.
The Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Life Saving Club has received $15,000 from the state government to assist to construct their new storage facility and gymnasium.
Lennox Heads wins! The aerial ski jump proposal has been dumped after the Lennox Head community came together in force to reject the 35m high ski jump that was set to ruin their coastline.
The state opposition has accused the government of muzzling its tribute to flood-affected north coast communities in the upper house yesterday. The government has dismissed the claim but the Greens agree the issue should have been given an airing.
A new levy to be collected by councils passed in NSW parliament last week, prompting a warning from the peak body representing councils that it will ‘no doubt’ have an impact on councils.
Chris Dobney An auction of ‘surplus’ Education Department land at Suffolk Park has been cancelled after the intervention of education minister Adrian Piccoli. The embattled minister, who resigned as deputy premier yesterday morning, announced the sale’s postponement in the afternoon.... Read More →
The Suffolk Park Progress Association (SPPA) has called a rally for this coming Wednesday (November 16) to save its only park, which is set to be sold by the Education Department by auction before the end of the month.
Chris Abraham, president, Byron Music Society. We hold a concert each year to showcase our young musicians and to encourage, inspire and support them. This year it included choirs, a group of string players, a band and ballet dancers as well as solo instrumentalists.