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Len Bates, Mullumbimby I have noticed in the last few years that the poly fibre bags being used to protect the...

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Artificial reefs for coastal erosion control

The building of seawalls has been the subject of a controversial court case brought against BSC in recent years. What are the other options?

Lismore Hospital redevelopment site temporarily closed after COVID-19 exposure risk

Work at the Lismore Base Hospital Stage 3C redevelopment site was temporarily paused late on Tuesday 20 July over COVID exposure risks.

Before a vaccine – living in the time of polio

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Strange figures

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads To date (10/07/2021), the inflow into Brunswick Waste Water Treatment Plant has been 1,056,459.53 kilolitres, recycled water...

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.

Pfizer available on North Coast, health authorities say

Health authorities on the Northern Rivers say the region now has a supply of the Pfizer Covid 19 vax.

Stories about "blue-green algae":

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Clarrie Hall Dam red alert for blue-green algae

Council has issued a red alert for blue-green algae at Clarrie Hall Dam following its latest water test results.

Blue-green algae alerts at Uki and Bray Park Weir

Tweed Council is wanting to assure residents that treated water from the Tweed mains supply remains safe to drink despite alerts for blue-green algae being extended in the Shire.

Blue-green algae amber alert at Clarrie Hall Dam

Tweed Shire Council says its reticulated water supply remains safe to drink as water treatment processes remove any potential toxins, together with taste and odour compounds, from blue-green algae.

Oily slick on Belongil is marine blue green algae

A concerned resident sent Echonetdaily a photo of what appeared to be a nasty, toxic sludge he saw on Belongil Creek last Monday. Questions to council found that the oily looking slick on the water's surface is in fact a naturally occurring marine blue green algae.

Blue-green algae alert downgraded at Bray Park Weir

The recent rainfall has helped downgrade blue-green algae alerts across the region. Bray Park Weir has now been downgraded from amber to green which means...

Lake Ainsworth open – blue-green algae alert removed

The blue-green algae bloom Red Alert level warning (high alert) for Lake Ainsworth that has been in place since 20 October has been removed.

Blue-green algae red alert for Lake Ainsworth

Lake Ainsworth is currently experiencing a blue-green algae bloom and Ballina Shire Council has issued a Red Alert level warning (high alert).

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Bray Park Weir

Tweed Shire Council are assuring residents that the mains water supply for Tweed Shire remains drinkable despite the amber alert for blue-green algae for...

The truth about Israel

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel Gareth Smith, you are clearly very passionate, but constantly providing incredibly one-sided opinions, and half-truths get us nowhere (14 July). I am factual...

John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

Editorial – Free fi fo dumb?

Hans Lovejoy, editor Scientists have warned that now the UK has come out of lockdown on ‘freedom day’ (July 19), it will lead to ‘a...

Snakes monitor radioactive contamination

Ten years on from the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan – the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl – researchers are using Japanese rat snakes to measure radioactivity in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.