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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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Byron Writers Festival 2024: Bruce Pascoe Q&A

Byron Writers Festival guests Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood’s book Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a personal and beautiful reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on their farm. Here Bruce Pascoe answers some questions about the experience.

Cartoon of the week – July 10, 2024

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Wollongbar pod residents to be out by November

The residents of the Wollongbar Pod site have received notices, via text and letter, that they must find alternative accommodation by November leaving many residents distressed and struggling to find a place to live in the area. 

Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

Policy ambition, age and conservatives 

The sad state of conservative politics has again dominated the world stage this week, with the Tory wipeout in the UK, and a chaotic result in the French elections, reducing President Macron’s Centralist Alliance to 168 seats in the 577-seat parliament. 

Stories about "Grab the Rail":

Byron should go back to the future on bypass

Ray Boots, Byron Bay. As a resident of Byron Bay for the last 27 years, and a surfer here since 1966 I am deeply concerned at the position Byron Council has taken since been elected last. We seem to have a council that doesn’t consider the local community’s views on anything.

Bypass plan a destructive deception: residents

Residents of Byron Bay's Butler Street say the council's plans to construct extend their street into bushland will destroy local habitat. But the council says the group's alternative plan appears to stray into a nearby nature reserve.

Butler Street residents weigh into rail trail debate

Despite $50m being splashed at rail trails for the region, the pressure is still being applied by a group of residents advocating for what they claim is a more equitable bypass and transport solution for Byron Bay.

Byron Bay bypass advantages have to be spelt out

Jeff Harrison, Byron Bay, Grab the Rail looks the most effective bypass proposal so far. It’s best at bypassing the town centre and has extra advantages, including less traffic on Shirley Street and a bus station location.

The fact and fiction around Byron rail corridor

Paul Jones, president, Butler Street Community Network. Remarks by Byron Shire Cr Sol Ibrahim as reported in last week declaring the Grab the Rail bypass proposal was 'too late' to be considered in Council’s proceedings towards a bypass EIS is typical of Council’s response to this proposal for over six years, it is simply not factual.

Byron rail group to fight against bypass

Residents of Butler Street in Byron Bay are preparing to fight to save their street from becoming a bypass after a majority of Byron shire councillors voted against a proposal to use the rail corridor instead.

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...