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Butler Street Reserve checked for PFAS pollution

Authorities are checking the Byron Bay site for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS.

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Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land...

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Four-hour power outage in Byron

More than two thousand two hundred homes were without power last night in the Byron area, including Tyagarah and other coastal suburbs.

Essential Energy 80-hour strike averted

The Fair Work Commission yesterday terminated the Electrical Trades Union’s (ETU’s) planned protected industrial action in regional NSW, including the north coast.

Power dispute: 60 jobs on north coast face axe

The state opposition has waded into the industrial dispute between the state-owned electrical supplier Essential Energy and its workforce in which around 60 jobs are set to be axed from north coast depots.

Energy jobs could still be lost, despite ruling

Members of the Electrical Trades Union on the north coast could still face redundancy despite a court ruling on Friday that the methodology used to justify them was flawed.

Federal, Goonengerry still blacked out after storm

Nearly 200 north coast Essential Energy customers are still without power this morning and the electricity supplier admits it has only managed to reconnect 40 so far today.

Linesmen to be felled in mass redundancies

CFMEU members working for Essential Energy say response times to power outages are likely to be impacted by a company plan to slash more than 700 jobs across the state, with at least 45 earmarked to come from the north coast.

Privatisation ‘behind lighting-price hike’

Massive price hikes to the cost of public lighting paid by local councils is part of the National Party’s plan to fatten up Essential Energy for privatisation after the March 2015 state election.

Councils to be slugged for street lighting

Northern Rivers councils are facing massive hikes in street lighting charges in a move described by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell as ‘night-time robbery’.

Nats capitulate over ‘poles and wires’ sell-off

North coast National Party MPs, who went into a party-room meeting yesterday vociferously opposing a sell-off of the states electricity distribution assets have failed to can the plan but now argue they have achieved a reasonable compromise.

Quarry comes up against the farmers of Bentley

You would need to be a pretty tough customer to come up against the Bentley farmers, yet, that is exactly what Rob and Sarah McKenzie, the operators of the Bentley Quarry, what they say is a local, family-operated business, are doing.

All fired up: former magistrate fumes at news of the world

How does one react to news of environmental vandalism, rampant domestic violence and mutilation of women without anger or distress?

Business calls for Tweed train tracks to be kept ignored

More than 800 people had signed a petition calling for a new rail trail to be built next to, rather than in place of, the existing disused railway line running through the shire.

Resilient communities training on offer

‘Resilience’ has become a buzzword in Australia over the past few years, as communities across the country struggle to cope with fire, floods, and a pandemic.