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High risk vehicles to be stopped and checked for fire ants at NSW Qld border

The detection of Red Imported Fire Ants at South Murwillumbah has seen a quick response from the Department of Primary Industries who have now started their next wave of operation in response. 

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Retro video games to vintage dolls – experience an entertainment journey through the ages

GAME ON is coming to the Tweed Regional Museum and will give kids and adults alike a chance to...

Labor’s hypocrisy on climate undimmed

Last week the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, delivered the Albanese Government's second annual Climate Change Statement, claiming major progress in emissions reduction while the numbers continue to scream that the opposite is true.

Protestors find endangered Gliders in active logging zone

Forest campaigners have today stopped work in Styx River State Forest north east of Armidale to protect a Greater Glider and its home.

Tweed development wave continues with $5.2m unit block proposal for city centre

Developers are proposing to build a $5.2m apartment complex near the centre of Tweed Heads as the recent wave of development applications in the town continues.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.

Free Shed Fest this Sunday

Mullumbimby’s Shedding Workshop and community has been supporting people around the Northern Rivers for five years and this Sunday they are celebrating with a free Shed Fest at their Mullumbimby site.

Stories about "Cr Rod Bruem":

Ballina’s bouncing boundaries

Many people assume that in a civilised country like Australia, electoral boundaries are all taken care of by impartial officials, but in Ballina, it turns out councillors have some say in deciding their own ward boundaries within the shire.

Fireworks over C Zone debate in Ballina

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw accusations and insults hurled across the chamber as councillors split down the middle on the contentious issue of conservation zones.

Ballina’s garbage service to be fully privatised

At its last meeting, Ballina Shire Council voted for one of the three Rs of local government – roads, rates and rubbish – to be entirely taken over by a private company, with council's existing rubbish collection vehicles to be sold off as part of the deal, for $740,000.

Welcome packs for refugees in Ballina discussed

Ballina Shire Council opened yesterday's meeting with a proposal from Cr Kiri Dicker that welcome packs be offered to local international refugee families. These would include a three month family pool pass, a Richmond Tweed library card, and temporary memberships to Ballina Indoor Sports Centre and Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Ballina adopts Biodiversity Strategy, but…

At its last meeting, Ballina Shire Council adopted the Biodiversity Strategy which has been on exhibition recently, but there were questions about whether it was a purely aspirational document, or would mean anything on the ground without adequate funding.

No C Zone for land near Burns Point Ferry Road

Yesterday Ballina Shire Council decided not to apply a Conservation Zone to the contentious flood-prone land adjoining Burns Point Ferry Road, in West Ballina, which GemLife is seeking to develop for housing.

Where’s the money going in Ballina?

Ballina's last council meeting was short and sweet, with no motions from councillors for the first time in memory. There were some important decisions made though.

Just what Ballina needs, another petrol station

Despite the objections of a large number of neighbours, including Ballina Toyota, Ballina Shire Council has given the green light to a new 24 hour Mobil service station on 485 River Street, West Ballina.

Ballina wrap-up for August

Ballina Shire Council's meeting for August was an epic one, full of twists, turns and roundabouts.

Ballina’s noisy, expensive goose lays golden eggs

The metaphors were flying as Ballina Shire councillors debated the pros and cons of their 'jewel in the crown', the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, at their last meeting, with a multi-part motion designed to address airport impacts presented by Cr Kiri Dicker.

Kingscliff hosts largest triathlon since covid

Over 1,600 athletes were in Kingscliff over the weekend to participate in the largest triathlon since covid.

Vale Pam Sonia

Very sadly, local treasure Pam Sonia passed away in Ewingsdale, last Wednesday, December 6. 

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.