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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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Last chance for Julian Assange?

This week the Australian journalist Julian Assange will find out whether he will be extradited from the United Kingdom to the USA, where he faces 175 years in solitary confinement for his role in revealing the truth about war crimes and the inner workings of empire, or conducting 'espionage', as America calls it.

An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

Cinema: Poor Things

With so many shades of Frankenstein, and featuring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Ramy Youssef, Poor Things is set in Victorian London. Medical student Max McCandles (Youssef) becomes an assistant to the eccentric surgeon Dr Godwin ‘God’ Baxter (Dafoe) and falls in love with Godwin’s ward, Bella (Stone), a childlike young woman…

Wallum: councillors failed to listen to the community

Thank you, Councillors Lyon, Pugh and Coorey for explaining what went wrong with the Wallum development application (DA) process on Facebook. The community f*cked up because they failed to object?

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.

New board announced for Dirawong Reserve – no former members selected

A new community board has been appointed to oversee the management of the popular Dirawong Reserve at Evans Head.

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Tallowood Estate open space deal on hold

Byron Shire Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to accept an offer on a large parcel of forested ridgeline land above the Tallowood Ridge Estate near Mullumbimby.

Radical shift needed in relationship with our environment

A radical shift in our relationship with the Australian environment is needed, and it is time we intervene in the extinction crisis, according to scientific experts.

Have you commented on Ballina’s Draft Biodiversity Strategy?

Time is running out to have your say on Ballina Council's Draft Biodiversity Strategy, which explains what's at risk, and what could be done, if there's the will from local councillors and residents.

Protecting biodiversity will take more than just the ‘30×30’ target

A 2019 UN report Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ found that ‘nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history’.

Time is up for business as usual on biodiversity

The North Coast Environment Council says it’s about time we had a Prime Minister who understands there is a biodiversity crisis and who is prepared to make a public global commitment to reversing biodiversity loss.

Ballina Environment Society on what we can do

Last week, the latest Australia State of the Environment report was finally made public. It wasn’t released by the previous government, despite being completed in December 2021.

Cataloguing destruction: the climate and biodiversity crises are happening now, and the effects are measurable

If the past five years has felt like a series of rolling crises, the State of the Environment report released on 19 July affirms that view in over 200 pages of documented decline in Australia’s climate, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

Ballina mayor celebrates ‘middle ground’, Greens lose koala protection target motion

New Greens Ballina Shire Councillor Simon Chate has lost a 10-15% target proposal for increased koala habitat, with the council only agreeing to have...

Ballina Greens Cr hopes of koalas as ‘priority’ unlikely to be met under bureaucracy

Koalas have made it onto the second Ballina Shire Council meeting agenda for 2022, with new Greens Councillor Simon Chate calling for their habitat to become an immediate priority.

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.