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Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Right to die

James Regan, Myocum Jeff Dawson’s article ‘Celebrating a life and dignified death’ (10 February) highlights the systemic bias that exists...

Man rescued from Upper Wilsons Creek causeway

At about 10pm last Friday a man from Mullumbimby was driving his his car along Upper Wilsons Creek Road and was swept into the creek.

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

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Rail trail group backflips on Byron Line proposal

Northern Rivers Rail Trail have reneged on plans to co-operate with re-elected mayor Simon Richardson and rail advocate group Trains On Our Tracks for a shared multi-modal use of the disused Byron Shire section of the railway.

Don’s dummy spit

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. What a nasty dummy spit and attempt at bullying the northern rivers community from Don ‘you can have your trains back’ Page,...

Don Page appointment a ‘job for a mate’

Former Ballina MP Don Page has been appointed as the new chair of the Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers committee in a move described by opponents as a ‘job for a mate’.

Nats in deep trauma over Greens win

Tom Tabart, Bangalow. Now that the Greens have won Ballina I expect to see a flurry of letters suggesting that the electorate will now become invisible in Macquarie Street.

‘Koala highway’ upgrade goes to tender

The focus of the Pacific Highway upgrade is moving to the Woolgoolga to Ballina section despite concerns remaining over impacts of important koala habitat.

Birthday shock

Robyn Sparks, Ballina. I only ever tell my close friends and family when my birthday is and what my age is. I was therefore shocked, feeling that my privacy was being invaded, when I received a birthday message, including my age, from the local National Party candidate Kris Beavis.

Butler Street residents weigh into rail trail debate

Despite $50m being splashed at rail trails for the region, the pressure is still being applied by a group of residents advocating for what they claim is a more equitable bypass and transport solution for Byron Bay.

MPs criticised over landslip response

Wilsons Creek residents have vented their anger at local Nationals MPs over what they say is an inadequate response to landslips in their valley, located west of Mullumbimby.

Nannas highlight gas licences, send off kayaker

Activist group the Ballina Knitting Nannas held a send-off for Kayak 4 Earth’s Steve Posselt outside the Nationals election office in Ballina on Monday. The group has also disputed Ballina MP Don Page’s claim that gas miner Dart Energy has relinquished its title over all land in the electorate.

Ballina marine tower project receives state funds

Ballina has moved a step closer to having a new marine rescue tower. Retiring Ballina MP Don Page yesterday announced $550,000 funding from the state government after an earlier application for funds was refused.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital get underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital referbishment.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.