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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

You Donne good

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I’d like to thank whoever decided to reprint John Donne’s beautiful poem ‘No Man is an Island’...

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Decisive handling

Keith Duncan, Pimlico It’s great to see popular Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews rehabilitating well and on-track to return to work. His...

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Stories about "fish kill":

How does your toilet flush affect the Belongil Estuary?

Byron Shire Council are looking to overcome waterlogging of farmland, caused by treated effluent from the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant, by diverting excess effluent via a shorter route to the Belongil Estuary. This appears to be a prelude to upgrading the STP.

Tallow fish kill

M Clarke, South Golden Beach So Mr Lyon, obviously there's no need to hold anybody to account for the death of thousands of animals? Or for acting...

Coming clean on fish kill

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I find it extraordinary that Greens Mayor Richardson considers that I should apologise for trying to put the record straight about killing...

Is it Armageddon yet? Dispatches from the Council bunker

In a little northern NSW coastal town last Thursday, local governance persevered. Nine elected Byron Shire councillors and executive Council staff held court in the Mullum chambers. So what did they say, and what was approved?

Flooding the cause of fish kills in Ballina and Tweed

Significant fish kills in both the Ballina and Tweed areas have come about because of the recent flooding say council reps.

A citizens’ lottery and towards zero on waste: September’s Byron Council meeting

A citizens lottery, how to manage the shire’s rubbish, recycling, and estuaries (fish kill, anyone?), one step closer to water sensitive urban design and bike plans.

Byron Council says ‘no Belongil cover-up’

The NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) have dismissed claims by residents that the pumping of water from a Council water pump excavation in Byron Bay resulted in a large-scale pollution and fish kill event in the Belongil Creek in late February 2019.

Protocols, process, and system failures

In the lagoon, the pace of winter life during the long dry seems pretty settled. The growth of small estuarine prawns slows down. Bream now five years old are grown up, itching for saltwater and their winter spawn.

Is turning up dead the only way to get a voice?

Byron Shire Council (BSC) staff used the phrase ‘natural event’ to describe the recent fish kill that saw thousands of fish die in Belongil Creek. How natural was it?

Did iron bacteria cause fish kill in Belongil Creek?

Following the recent large fish kill and pollution in Belongil Creek, Byron Council staff say the NSW EPA test results ‘confirm that iron bacteria was present in the estuary water’.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.