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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Renewables/Wallum

Edward Kent’s letter, Wallum (June 26), tried to diminish the importance of the Save Wallum campaign to mere ‘piffle’,...

Dive head first into some 2024’s biggest books at the Byron Writers Festival

With the festival just over a month away, here’s a taste of some of the biggest and most compelling books in the Byron Writers Festival 2024 program.

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Byron Shire tops NSW for homelessness

The latest data from the NSW government’s 2024 Street Count has revealed a stark and troubling reality for Byron Shire, which now accounts for the largest number of rough sleepers in NSW. This highlights the urgent need for support for local homeless services like the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre, Fletcher Street Cottage and other homeless services like Liberation Larder.

Last Lennox Market on 31 March

Byron Markets was awarded a five-year licence to run the Lennox Head market in January 2021 but they are calling it quits at the end of March after just two years. 

Seniors Festival returns March 11

The Byron Seniors Festival is back, and will be held from March 11 to 15 at the Byron Community Centre.

Byron homeless hub forced to cut vital services

Byron’s only homeless hub says it has to reduce services owing to an increase in demand and a lack of government funding.

NSW govt looks to ‘urgently’ fund Byron homeless hub

Calls from local Greens candidate Mandy Nolan for Labor to provide funding certainty for essential homeless service, the Fletcher Street Cottage, may be working,...

O’Connell recognised for community service

It is the desire to be part of a team that helps people each day that motivates Louise O’Connell. And it is the amazing work which flowed from this that led Ms O’Connell to be named the 2023 Community Member of Byron Shire

Ballina independent booed over domestic violence survivor-blaming

The independent candidate for the seat of Ballina has attracted condemnation for comments he made over domestic violence at a public forum last week.

Talking staff shortage solutions for NSW Small Business Month

Northern Rivers NSW is experiencing severe staff shortages – both skilled and unskilled. It's a global issue, but local staff shortages have been amplified by lockdowns, lack of affordable housing for workers, and flood impacts. This is an ongoing problem both for businesses and workers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Homelessness hub under immense pressure

A new homelessness hub in Byron Bay has been so inundated with requests for help, that the service already needs additional staff to meet the demand.

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...