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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Shopping Centres Scare Me

I feel trapped. There isn’t a single time I attend where I don’t check my proximity to the exits, or imagine what I’d do if there was a fire, or worse, a shooter. The sense of being enclosed is unnatural, I can’t tell what time of day it is, I lose my sense of direction. It’s designed to be disorienting. It feels otherworldly. And never in a good way. They are designed to make you stay longer. They are by design, disorienting.

Alternate facts?

According to David Shoebridge of the Greens in a recent sitting in the senate, the UN has named Australia...

Free healthy lifestyle program for families

Go4Fun is a free 10-week after-school program for children aged 7-13 and their families, which aims to support their health and wellbeing.

Aid workers killed

I along with the Israeli and Jewish community in general mourn with the rest of the world for the...

Byron swimmer airlifted to hospital

A man swimming in Byron Bay on the weekend was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital, rescuers said. 

Bangalow Chamber Music Festival relocates to Qld 

After two decades, Bangalow Chamber Music Festival organisers have announced they will be moving the event to Mount Tamborine, Qld, after ‘increased costs and lower than average ticket sales’.

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Hazards Near Me to include severe weather warnings

The NSW State Emergency Service has today launched the inclusion of severe weather warnings as part of the free Hazards Near Me NSW App and Hazard Watch.

Climate crisis fuelling NSW summer of extremes

NSW residents have been caught off guard this summer, as increasingly volatile weather has flung communities between dangerous fire conditions, extreme heat, fatal floods, and unprecedented humidity.

Fire ant update in the Tweed

There were information sessions this morning for local businesses and industry members impacted by the detection of Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) at South Murwillumbah, with the opportunity to find out more information about the strategy that the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are using to contain and eradicate the fire ants.

RotaUnits changing lives in the Northern Rivers

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond have installed twelve portable units for flood affected people across the Northern Rivers, with another twelve about to be built.

Murwillumbah Fire Station needs more firefighters

There is probably not one adult who hasn’t been grateful for the job that firefighters have done in this country, particularly in the aftermath of the The 2019–20 Australian bushfires.

Public Safety Preservation Act declared at Nerang

Queensland Police made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) due to an ongoing operation at Nerang yesterday evening.

What’s missing from the Mullum Pod Flood Report?

The Resilience NSW (ResNSW) Flood Report on the impact of the fill at the emergency housing site at Mullumbimby was finally released to the public on 7 November.

Disaster unfolding in Lismore and beyond

Levee overtopped: John Walker GM of LIsmore just told ABC North Coast that as at 10.25am the water was just at the top of the levee in Lismore and was trickling over the top. At places in the CBD there are already 3m of water before the overtopping of the levee, and if the water level rises to 11m then most of the CBD will be inundated.

Responding to disaster

Our local communities are becoming old hands at responding effectively to natural disasters. This was shown dramatically in the widescale flooding of the Northern Rivers, when small towns, and the city of Lismore, were isolated from any outside help.

Wildlife hidden victims of flood catastrophe

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital has seen a steep rise in their intake of injured animals since the beginnings of the Northern Rivers flood emergency.

What’s happening in the rainforest’s Understory?

Springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays, Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre.

Wallum urban development back in court

The company behind the Wallum housing development in Brunswick Heads is once again taking Byron Council to court, this time for allegedly holding up its planned earthworks at the site in an unlawful manner.

WATER Northern Rivers says Rous County Council is wrong

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance says despite decades of objection, Rous County Council have just commissioned yet another heritage and biodiversity study in the Rocky Creek valley, between Dunoon and The Channon, in the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Musicians and MLC support the save Wallum fight

As the drama unfolded between police and protesters at the Wallum Development in Brunswick Heads yesterday, people were drawn to the site by the red alerts sent out by the Save Wallum organisers.