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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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Matcha Byron

The cornerstone of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha is enjoying a burst of popularity for its health benefits. It’s finely ground green tea – its vibrant colour is due to the leaves’ high chlorophyll levels, and it’s supercharged with antioxidants.

Cartoon of the week – 21 February, 2024

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Small breweries feeling the pinch

Like many small businesses doing it tough, local independent breweries are no exception. The number of small to medium-sized independent craft breweries falling into administration is growing.

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

The Light of Loving Kindness

‘May the light of the sun and moon of loving kindness and compassion permeate the entire world forever more, dispelling the darkness of the suffering of beings, and filling space with peace and happiness’ – Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche.

MIA: Balson on Wallum

Dear Cr Balson, I understand that you attended the Byron Council meeting last Thursday very briefly, but absented yourself from...

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Labor vows to keep Bruns pines for community use

Shadow lands minister Mick Veitch yesterday visited the Terrace Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads to pledge that, if elected, a Labor state government would ban camping on the Southern Terrace Reserve.

Funding secured for Bruns pines as Council staff ‘acquiesce’

Ballina MP Tamara Smith has welcomed funding to help save an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines at Brunswick Heads but called on Byron Council not to acquiesce to demands of trust that manages the land.

Bruns parks should be an election issue: Pugh

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.

Greens secure pledge from minister to protect Brunswick’s Cypress Pines

Local residents and concerned community members have once again been drawing the attention of the public to the way the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust have been managing the Coastal Cyprus pines located on Crown Reserve lands at the Brunswick Heads Terrace Holiday Park.

Holiday Park managers push for camping around damaged protected pines

'Reflections', the rebadged North Coast Holiday Parks, is continuing with its push to allow camping under protected Coastal Cypress Pines in Brunswick Heads, this time with aid of concrete 'load cells' they claim will help distribute weight.

MP calls for permanent protection of Brunswick Heads pines

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens), is calling on the state government to take action to protect the iconic Coastal Cypress trees on crown lands at the Brunswick Heads Terrace Holiday Park.

Brunswick Heads memorial trees set for the chop

The planned removal of two historic coastal cypress trees in The Terrace caravan park at Brunswick Heads has upset locals concerned proposed replacement trees won’t be planted in the park itself.

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.