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Disaster prevention pledge welcomed

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.

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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Localisation shines as supply chains weaken

While Coles and Woolworths struggle with supply chain issues caused by the Omicron outbreak, local farmer’s markets and independent food retailers appear to be coming into their own.

No supply shortage at Byron Farmers Market!

While supermarket shelves around the country are running bare, there’s no shortage of fresh produce at our local farmers’...

Carjacking in Ocean Shores, warrants issued

A young Ocean Shores man and his friends were recently held captive at knife-point and driven to Coolamon Scenic Drive by two young men before they escaped unharmed.

TreadLightly on the planet by recycling school shoes

Most Aussie parents know how quickly kids either grow out or wear out of school shoes. They either get handed down or thrown in the rubbish – adding to the millions of shoes that end up in landfill each year

Stories about "Friends of the Koala":

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala is preparing for the next fire season

Lack of action on climate change has ensured that we will see more fire seasons like the 2019–20 Black Summer fires so Lismore Friends of the Koala is getting prepared for the next one now.

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Koala hospitals full as rescuers start bushfire training

Koala hospitals in Port Macquarie, Currumbin and the Australia Zoo are reportedly full as wildlife rescuers do their best to save the endangered species from fire-affected areas.

Two more dead: what can you do to help koalas?

Are you keen to help stop the killing of your local koalas?

Community on board to save koalas even if government isn’t

A recent community survey shows that more than 90 per cent of people are happy to live alongside the koalas and want to see them protected.

Control your dogs – they’re killing koalas

Dog owners are being asked to keep dogs restrained following the death of two koalas and a joey that were killed by roaming dogs at Southern Cross University's campus in East Lismore.

Brewery cum koala hospital for Bangalow?

The concept of a brewery along the Hinterland Way, with a viewing platform and walking tracks through which to view recovering koalas, has raised the hackles of local koala carers, who strongly oppose the plan.’

What can we do to prevent local koala extinction?

Following recent news that koalas could be extinct in NSW as soon as 2050, a community forum taking place in Lismore tomorrow will discuss the risks facing koalas on the North Coast and what can be done to ensure their survival.

Ever wondered what to do with injured wildlife? 

Local vets and the Macadamia Castle wildlife team are calling for help to set up a wildlife hospital on the northern rivers in recognition of the specialist care needed for caring for our native Australian wildlife.

Exposed: NSW governments recipe for koala extinction

If you are genuinely trying to save the koala why would you chose not to protect its known areas of habitat and recommend a significant number of habitat areas for either high-impact logging or clear-felling?

Rainbow Temple squeezed by Lismore Council 

For two decades, the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank has stood as a striking reflection of the region’s proudly beating spiritual heart.

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!  How much do you think you know about the Byron Shire? Ross Kendall challenges you to take The Byron Shire Quiz!  Winners Every correct...

Editorial: Dear Committee Secretariat

The federal Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has commenced a new inquiry into Australia’s regional newspapers (print and digital).  According to its terms...

COVID strategy

Our PM and premier have decided to fall back on the old ‘Dunkirk Strategy’: Retreat, withdraw and claim a victory. Harald Ehrlich, Balmain