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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

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Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

Lismore Council votes to naturalise Browns Creek

At Tuesday’s Lismore Council meeting, Councillor Vanessa Ekins moved a motion to begin the Browns Creek Naturalisation Project, which involves the removal of the existing concrete stormwater drain that traverses Lismore Park from Brewster Street through to Uralba Street, and reconstruction as a more natural watercourse.

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Love Island takes over Federal – time to test the law?

The NSW government legislation has provided a permit for screen filming on private land in NSW without any Council oversight or accountability. This has led to Federal Village currently being overrun by the ITV film company.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 19 October, 2021

Check out what's on at the cinema this week in Ballina and Byron

Reclaim Our Future koalas pay a visit to Federal MP

Today Extinction Rebellion Lismore will make sure the federal member for Page hasn’t forgotten about the black summer bushfires and their devastating impact on NSW’s koala population.

Stories about "Byron Bay light rail":

‘Selfish’ desire motivates ‘dirty’ diesel

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. Jo Faith has raised the point of the health dangers from the diesel train that Elements is intending to run from their resort to Byron town.

Diesel particles a danger

Jo Faith, Newtown, NSW. While a relief to traffic congestion in Byron is welcomed by the mooted diesel train to run from Sunrise to the Byron township, it seems apparent that deep moral and ethical questions stand out.

Proposed Byron train branded ‘greenwash’

Residents and businesses affected by a proposed diesel train service between the new Elements of Byron resort and Byron Bay township have stepped up their opposition ahead of a council decision on a DA for a new station on the route this week.

Shame about the train blame game

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. It's a shame people are unable to do some rudimentary research about the proposed train service from Belongil into Byron before rushing into print with misinformation. The three-carriage rail motor will use exactly the same diesel fuel as the trucks, buses and 4WDs that currently sit for hours in traffic on Ewingsdale Road.

Byron train will be ‘quieter than a bus’

Owners of the Elements of Byron resort, which has approval to run a train into the town along the disused railway line, have responded to criticisms of the plan.

Rail opponents misinformed

Wendy Bithell, Brunswick Heads. What’s happened to altruistic attitude of northern rivers residents? I’m a passionate advocate of returning trains to our tracks, not because it will help me or my business, but because it would be good for our community.

Cycle path won’t help the sick and elderly

Beth Shelley, Boorerie Creek. When I first moved here I was a student with no car. I hitchhiked until I was nearly raped and then I couldn’t do it anymore. Some time later I was a single mother with chronic post-natal depression and with no car I was stuck in misery.

Diesel train plan for Byron Bay meets opposition

Residents in Byron Bay’s Sunrise estate say plans to run a World War II heritage diesel train from the North Byron Beach resort into the town would involve significant disruption, noise and diesel pollution up to four times an hour in their neighbourhood.

Housing affordabillity and rail

Jens Krause, Byron Bay. Here is an angle not explored in the rail trail craze. Young people in Byron find it hard to find affordable accommodation, apart from sharing houses, and still paying enormous amounts of money, while often working in the hospitality industry in Byron Bay.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

Northern Rivers Mud Trail this weekend

Local ceramic artists will be opening their studios across the Byron, Ballina and Tweed Shires over the weekend, as part of the Northern Rivers Mud Trail.