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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Rise and shine!

Early morning starts are not a usual routine for chefs at the Ballina RSL Club. March was an exception when Chef Halie Welsh rallied some staff and friends together to take part in Ian Thorpe’s Laps For Life charity. A team of ten hit the Ballina Pool at 7am every day during March to raise funds For ReachOut’s Laps For Life challenge. 

Federal Government grants for infrastructure improvements – Tweed

Tweed Shire Council today announced more than $3.75 million in Federal Government grants for 10 infrastructure projects in the area.

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.

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How On Earth do we create a positive future?

How on Earth is a youth production put on by the Byron Youth Theatre that had sell-out shows in Byron Shire last November that looked at how young people are managing their ever changing world.

The marketing guy

Keith Duncan, Pimlico The marketing guy (PM Morrison), has returned from holidays, after a long year of intense marketing. And almost immediately resumed marketing, defending...

NSW Australian of the Year to give Australia Day Address

With the sting of the 2019/20 fires still smarting and the threat of more on the way during the current hot and dry conditions, it's only fitting that former Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM will deliver the 2021 Australia Day Address.

$250m to councils for bushfire recovery

NSW’s peak body for councils has welcomed $250 million in State and Commonwealth government funding to help local communities left reeling from the economic devastation of last summer’s bushfires.

Time to choose – protection or extinction for koalas?

While the National Party demands that no effective legislation is brought in to protect koalas and their habitat there is a significant risk that  both State and Commonwealth legal obligations will be contravened if post fire logging continues under existing agreements.

Three billion animals lost in 19/20 bushfires

As NSW again approaches bushfire season, many have vivid recollections, and others are still grappling with the devastation from the 2019/20 summer bushfire carnage

Duranbah fire being controlled

An RFS spokesman said that a house was destroyed by fire in Mooball yesterday. The Duranbah bushfire has covered 294 ha and is being controlled by local crews with support from the air.

NSW needs 1,000 new firefighting workers to avoid another Black Summer

The Public Service Association says that any increase in hazard reduction or land clearing targets, must be managed by a paid and permanent workforce.

Helping communities help themselves

Community groups that are looking to help support people and communities recovering from the recent swathe of crisis that have confronted Australian’s can now apply for grants through the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.

Charges over bushfire-related fraud – South Coast

Police say a third person has been charged following an investigation into bushfire-related fraud on the state’s South Coast.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.