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Youth crime is increasing – what to do?

There is something strange going on with youth crime in rural and regional Australia. Normally, I treat hysterical rising delinquency claims with a pinch of salt – explicable by an increase in police numbers, or a headline-chasing tabloid, or a right-wing politician. 

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‘No-one ever came back but all reports indicate it’s lovely,’ and so begins this wickedly funny play about death and motherhood. Directed by the Drill’s accomplished artistic director, Liz Chance, Ghosting the Party tells the story of three generations of women who face questions of mortality and life with rigour, honesty and humour.

Cr McCarthy versus the macaranga

This morning Ballina Shire Council will hear a motion from Cr Steve McCarthy to remove the native macaranga tree from the list of approved species for planting by Ballina Council and local community groups.

eSafety commissioner granted legal injunction as X refuses to hide violent content

Australia’s Federal Court has granted the eSafety commissioner a two-day legal injunction to compel X, Elon Musk’s social media platform, to hide posts showing graphic content of the Wakeley church stabbing in Sydney.

Increased Byron Council fees on the cards as fossil fuel investments decrease

Byron Council’s financial ship is beginning to list concerningly, taking from its reserves and other funds in order to bail out its bottom line.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she...

Big names at local chess tournament

A major Northern Rivers chess tournament was held at the Byron Bay Services Club in late April. ‘It was well-attended,...

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Cars block roads as fences go up at Wallum

Dozens of protesters blocked three entry points to the Wallum development in Brunswick Heads this morning as fencing contractors moved in to section off the cul-de-sacs leading into the site.

What’s so controversial about vehicle efficiency?

Thanks to years of political inaction, Australia is one of the few countries in the world not to have a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard. The European Union, New Zealand and China have one. Even the United States has a standard, which means new cars in Australia use 20 per cent more fuel and create 20 per cent more pollution than their American counterparts. With the Albanese Government about to introduce legislation to correct this situation, the Coalition is busily dusting off the 'war on utes/the weekend' rhetoric.

Alarm raised over increase in koalas killed by cars

The leading koala conservation organisation in the Northern Rivers say it is ‘deeply concerned about the alarming rise in the number of koalas hit and killed by cars in the region’. 

Russell and Ulf drive a ‘shitbox’ from Rocky to Tassie

Contrary to mythological belief, the Shitbox Rally is not a race, but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable – to drive cars worth up to just $1,500 across Australia via some of its most formidable roads, all in the name of charity.

Safer cars promised for regional kids

Young drivers in the Ballina electorate will be given a cash incentive to help them buy a newer, safer vehicle, under a program announced by the NSW Nationals, if the Coalition is re-elected in March.

‘Business as usual’ and we’ll drown in cars and people

In this term, Council has adopted a revised Bike Plan and first-ever Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan. Masterplans are prioritising people over cars in town and village centres.

Car mania clogs Mullumbimby

It was a fatal error – driving half a kilometre into Mullumbimby to pick up a carton of milk. My partner drove while I conducted reconnaissance for that elusive parking spot. 

Young family terrorised on 7 Mile Beach

Police say they were called to Seven Mile Beach about 6.30pm last following reports of dangerous driving behaviour on the beach. A Ballina man said he witnessed the incident that looked like a scene from an action movie.

Drop in Byron Shire greenhouse gas emissions owing to lockdown

Electricity emissions in Byron Shire were reduced by 21 per cent in April this year, while private transport emissions were estimated to have reduced by 50 per cent to 75 per cent over the month of April.

Dusty drivers raise more than a million for cancer research

‘Two cars have been pronounced dead and I believe one got left at the pub’, said Mystery Box Rally commentator Katherine Ferris Monday morning. Fundraisers had a target of a million dollars this year and by Monday morning had already raised nearly five thousand dollars extra for cancer research.

Coffs Harbour man charged for alleged online grooming of young girl

Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a Coffs Harbour man for alleged online grooming offences under Strike Force Trawler.

Blockades continue as councillors wave next Wallum certificate through

A second subdivision works certificate for the Wallum estate was signed off by a majority of councillors last week, who again argued that they have no legal standing to further impede an approved development.

Ancient brewing tradition honoured

An annual event and brewing ritual to honour ancient brewing traditions was held at Stone & Wood’s Byron brewery last week.

New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.