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Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

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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.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

PM’s vaccine

Martin Bail, Federal On 4 February, 2021 ABC News reported, albeit briefly, that the PM will ‘for the record’ be...

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly...

A safe space for sexual assault survivors

In a perfect world, the trauma Margot and Joana experienced would not have happened, and there would be no need for the very important support group they have created.

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Opinion: Right-wing Nationals under attack in the Northern Rivers

Your final day to enrol to vote for the next state election is Monday, March 4 with polling day set for Saturday March 23 – and your vote could make all the difference.

Election candidates disclose their drug use history

With Greens MP Cate Faehrmann’s admission recently that she has taken illegal substances, what better opportunity to ask the three state election candidates about their own drug use?

Lick my (drug-test) stick? No thanks

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores. If someone happens to be stopped for a roadside drug test, there is a very sound reason to ask the police officer what are the chemicals that are present on the stick they want you to lick.

Lifestyle terror

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock. The police are still drug testing, knowing that they are not looking for impairment in your driving abilities, and the judges are still disqualifying drivers from driving, which might cause you to lose your job, impacting on families and the development of children, etc. I call that lifestyle terror.

Greens MP to host drug driving forums

Greens MP David Shoebridge will be visiting Lismore and Nimbin next week to hold forums on the NSW roadside drug testing regime.

Petition calls on police to end unfair drug testing

More than 4000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW Police to immediately end their flawed roadside drug testing operations.

Cannabis users to protest outside Lismore MP’s office

North Coast cannabis users will be protesting outside Lismore MP Thomas George’s office later this month as part of their continued opposition to roadside drug testing for cannabis.

Drug test leaves Ocean Shores man with unpleasant taste

An Ocean Shores man was left with an unpleasant taste in his mouth following a roadside drug test. He claims to have had an adverse reaction to the chemicals on the testing device, and is unhappy that he is still to hear what those chemicals are.

Critics question police response to road-side drug testing

Medical cannabis campaigners have questioned a NSW Police response to a freedom of information request aimed at revealing the ‘science’ behind the roadside drug-testing regime.

Hemp Embassy slams ‘everyday’ roadside drug tests

The Nimbin Hemp Embassy has hit back at reports local police are being issued with mobile drug testing machines next year to use ‘everyday’ on local drivers.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is having a come and try day on Saturday 6 March, on the Richmond River at Ballina.

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.