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Why jobseekers were abandoned

Many were left puzzled by the recent federal budget by Labor Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, with its projected surplus of $9.3 billion. 

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Ballina snooker tournament packed with quality competitors

The Southern Cross Classic 2024 annual snooker tournament will be held over the long weekend in June and it has attracted a full house of 48 entrants.

Mullum’s Marielou chosen for national tennis team

Mullumbimby High School student Marielou Baudouin is to join the School Sport Australia All-Australian Girls tennis team after impressing selectors in Hobart.

Cinema: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Years after a global catastrophe, Australia is a radioactive wasteland. The Green Place of Many Mothers is one of the last remaining areas with fresh water and agriculture. Raiders discover the Green Place while a young Furiosa Jabassa and Valkyrie are picking peaches. Furiosa attempts to sabotage their motorbikes, but the raiders capture her as a prize for their leader, warlord Dr. Dementus of the Biker Horde. Furiosa’s mother Mary pursues them to the Horde’s camp. Although Furiosa mortally wounds the last raider before he can divulge the location of the Green Place, Mary is unable to stop him from delivering Furiosa to Dementus.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Years after a global catastrophe, Australia is a radioactive wasteland. The Green Place of Many Mothers is one of the last remaining areas with fresh water and agriculture. Raiders discover the Green Place while a young Furiosa Jabassa and Valkyrie are picking peaches. Furiosa attempts to sabotage their motorbikes, but the raiders capture her as a prize for their leader, warlord Dr. Dementus of the Biker Horde. Furiosa’s mother Mary pursues them to the Horde’s camp. Although Furiosa mortally wounds the last raider before he can divulge the location of the Green Place, Mary is unable to stop him from delivering Furiosa to Dementus.

First observations of meltwater eating away at Antarctic ice shelves

Scientists who have witnessed Antarctic ice shelf decay are escalating concerns that rising air temperatures will push these frozen masses to unprecedented fractures.

Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.

Stories about "development application":

Height limits pushed again – this time on Byron’s Secret Garden location

Down the southern end of Jonson Street, Byron Bay, right next to St Paul’s Anglican Church, is a block of land with a colourful story that says much about the changing face of Byron Shire.

Putting planning in balance

From the protests over the development of Bayside’s Wallum Estate at Brunswick Heads to local housing forums and demands for housing for all, the challenge facing us is difficult.

Zombie DAs creating living hell for local communities

Clarence Property’s ‘Wallum Estate’ DA in Brunswick Heads is one of these zombie DAs and it is one of many that have been brought to life up and down the coast of NSW. 

Big trees threatened in Ballina

A number of trees, including two very large figs, are going to be destroyed if a proposed child care centre in the car park near Ballina Central shopping centre goes ahead.

Lennox Head child care centre DA on display

In a familiar story of Ballina Shire's human population putting their own desires ahead of the natural environment, the DA notice for the proposed child care centre at the corner of Hutley Drive and Byron Bay Road in Lennox Head is now on public exhibition.

What’s the future of Cedars Caravan Park?

Ballina councillors will soon be making a decision about what's going to happen to the old Cedars Caravan Park on the corner of River Street and Barlows Road, with developers planning a mixed precinct.

Dune degradation threatens turtles

Last week’s sighting of turtle tracks on Clarkes Beach prompted a few questions from concerned readers. Are sandbags on our eroding beaches a threat to nesting turtles?

Wilsons Ck Telstra tower rejected

A unanimous vote by councillors at Thursday’s meeting (Sept 20) has refused a development application (DA) for a 3 and 4 G mobile tower in Wilsons Creek, located behind Mullumbimby.

Kingscliff locals concerned over proposal to remove trees at Merve Edwards Fields for AFL

The potential of removing trees from the Merve Edwards Fields site at Kingscliff to accommodate the Kingscliff Junior AFL Club has raised concerns of locals and neighbours who say that this is not a proposal they support. 

Ballina Council to look into making tiny homes accessible 

The idea of living in a tiny home can seem like a simple solution to our housing crisis – but getting council approvals for a permanent tiny home on private land can be challenging. 

Council staff to look at limiting bulk and scale in Wategos  

A motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

Is this the next Bentley? New doco highlights value of Clarence River amid mining proposal

Mining plans for the region were discovered by two locals as they paddled down the Clarence River near Grafton. The question is what does it mean for the future of the Northern Rivers?