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Bangalow health food staff fined for failing to mask-up

Anyone who cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition must now carry proof of exemption.

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Cartoon of the week – 21 July, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

More than 40 in self-iso after contact with Northern Rivers exposure site

Health authorities say they’ve classified more than forty people as Covid Nineteen close contacts via a Northern Rivers exposure site.

Police seek help finding missing Casino teenager

Police are asking the public for help finding an eighteen-year-old man reported missing from Casino.

Large bioenergy facility DA before public

A Council proposal for a bioenergy facility at the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which is also a popular birdwatching location, is now before the public for comment. 

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.

Criticism of Ballina Cr Cadwallader’s water election tactics

The Ballina Environment Society (BES) has accused Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader of politicising water security by using ‘the Dunoon Dam as one of her key concerns in her bid for mayor in September’s local government elections’.

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Developer denies letter to minister was an ‘ultimatum’

One of Australia’s wealthiest developers, who wrote to the premier lobbying for the new Tweed hospital to be built on a site that he owns, denies it was an ultimatum.

Tweed mayor wins defamation case

Tweed shire mayor Katie Milne has been awarded $45,000 in damages plus costs after winning a defamation case against billionaire developer Bob Ell.

Tweed mayor alleges developer defamed her

A defamation action by Tweed mayor Katie Milne against the Tweed's biggest developer was heard over several days in the Supreme Court in Sydney this week.

Kings Forest gets green light to clear koala habitat

The federal environment department has given billionaire developer Bob Ell the right to clear almost 15 hectares of koala habitat during the construction of his controversial Kings Forest development near Kingscliff.

Judges reject appeals by developer and Tweed councillor

The long-running defamation case by billionaire property developer Bob Ell against Greens Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne has come to an end, with three appeal court judges rejecting bids by both of them to overturn the original Supreme Court judgements.

Tweed councillor’s email not malicious: judge

Billionaire property developer Bob Ell has been awarded $15,000 in damages in a defamation action he brought against Tweed Cr Katie Milne over an email she sent alleging he had a scandalous association with a murdered Sydney hitman.

Developer ‘tried to buy favours’

Luis Feliu The property tycoon behind the Tweed’s two biggest ever housing developments tried to buy favours of the state government and the local shire...

45 Sydney-Ballina travellers exposed to COVID-19

Forty-five travellers from Sydney are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 and continue self-isolation on the Northern Rivers after sharing a flight with a confirmed case.

Local government elections postponed – again

NSW local government elections are postponed again due to the pandemic.

Spyware unplugged – New software attacks cast a light on cybersecurity

A major investigation conducted by news organisations has found that governments around the world may have been spied on by a malicious software called Pegasus.

COVID traveller at Ballina Airport and North Coast sewage test results

A public health alert has been issued after a positive COVID-19 case travelled on the Virgin Australia flight VA1139 from Sydney, arriving in Ballina on 14 July at 11.45am.