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Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

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Evans Head, Iron Gates DA public planning meeting coming

The current development application (DA) for the flood and bushfire-prone site of the Evans Head, Iron Gates development will go before the Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP) on 30 August.

Comment: Time for another Police Royal Commission? 

It might be time for another investigation into the NSW Police Force, but this time, the police conduct under the microscope would be alleged overreach in the application of certain powers.

Police assault charge heads back to local court

The NSW Supreme Court has found that a decision by local magistrate and former police officer, Michael Deakin, was an ‘error of law’.

Cabarita DA refused on character grounds

Tweed Shire Councillors refused a DA for a four-storey block of flats at 2-6 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach, despite the staff recommendation of approval.

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Developer sparks storage stress

Byron-based property owner/developer, Josh Thompson, has created a shitstorm within the community after trying to evict customers renting 160 units at his ACE storage facility within a week, to make way for 26 warehouses.

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Corporate welfare gone mad? $10.3 billion to prop up fossil fuels

According to new research from the Australia Institute, fossil fuel subsidies cost Australians a staggering $10.3 billion in financial year 2020-21, with one Commonwealth tax break alone exceeding the $7.82 billion spent on the Australian Army.

Climate change policy on agenda at Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council will exhibit its new Climate Change Policy, seek community engagement regarding wider action on the climate issue, and investigate employing a new person to support the implementation of the policy.

New weekly strike for climate action in Lismore

Local mother Peach Darvall has launched a strike action for effective climate action at the Lismore Quad, every Tuesday afternoon, starting this week.

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

Lismore all about community for Cr Elly Bird

Lismore City Councillor Elly Bird is another well-known Northern Rivers figure who is up for the challenge of becoming the next mayor of Lismore.

2020 second hottest year on record

Australia's Climate Council says new data shows 2020 was the second hottest year ever recorded globally, despite the influence of La Niña conditions.

Storylines: Bring back the balance

There was a time when humans were content with living in harmony with nature, our struggles were elemental and intricately connected to our survival.

A different kind of Lismore flood

Last week's flood was a strange one. This time the river could not be blamed, as the flood was caused by an intense shower (more like a waterfall according to witnesses), on the town side of the levee.

NEFA proposes 7,000 ha Sandy Creek Koala Park

The North East Forest Alliance is proposing that 7,000 ha of public land south-west of Casino become the Sandy Creek Koala Park, to restore koalas and other threatened species

It’s not about ‘giving up’

How do we prepare for the future of a new climate reality?

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Fuel stolen from farmer

The cost of fuel continues to be a major consideration in the budget, particularly in country areas where distances travelled are inevitably further for your average daily needs like accessing shops, schools and other activities.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

‘We’re back!’ Homecoming for The Channon market

The reverberations of the February and March floods reached beyond things most people expected – one of those things was the state of Coronation Park at The Channon where every second Sunday of the month one of the biggest and best markets on the Far North Coast is held.