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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

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Migrant workers exploited and ripped off

Unions NSW say that a firewall between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Home Affairs is needed to protect migrant workers from deportation when they report exploitation, as new data reaffirms rife underpayment across Australia.  

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

Fire fighters battled explosions and large blaze in a vehicle scrap yard at Trenayr, north of Grafton on Monday.

Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

In early November two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a women activated the Emergency Response Beacon, alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre that the men were drowning. There are three waiting to be deployed in Byron Shire.

Blue-green algae at Clarrie Hall Dam

Low levels of blue-green algae has been detected at Clarrie Hall Dam, Tweed’s main facility for water storage. A green alert has been issued for the dam.

Vehicles on beaches

Some Ballina councillors have their heads in the sand about vehicles on beaches! I ask them to think about...

Byron’s historic jetty engine unveiled

A piece of Byron Bay history, the old Green Frog jetty engine, has been restored and is now on permanent display at the Byron Bay Railway Station.

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Whitsundays booming with new marine life

In some rare good news for the Great Barrier Reef, Southern Cross University has joined forces with tourism operators and US philanthropists to make the most of the Whitsundays’ recent bumper coral spawning.

Increase in Reef coral cover comes with a warning

As we witness the ongoing destruction of the Great Barrier Reef by global warming and climate change, new data showing an increase in coral cover in some areas of the Reef is promising news.

Queensland trio want the Reef listed as ‘in danger’

With echoes of the eights students and a nun who took the government to court over the Vickery coal mine expansion in northern New South Wales, three young Queenslanders are pushing to protect the Great Barrier Reef by writing to UNESCO.

Queensland Parliamentary Annexe disturbed by Extinction Rebellion protest

This morning, October 13, a protest organised by Extinction Rebellion disrupted the Queensland Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane.

SCU’s Peter Harrison acknowledged with Distinguished Professorship

Professor Peter Harrison has been honoured by Southern Cross University with the title Distinguished Professor.

Is the Great Barrier Reef ‘In Danger’?

The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee will meet online from 16-30 July and the 21 members will decide whether to ratify UNESCO’s science-based recommendation to add the Reef to the ‘In Danger’ list

Adani’s rebirth as ‘Bravus’ won’t wipe slate clean say campaigners

Adani Australia has decided it is time for a name change to celebrate their tenth year in Australian of endeavouring to build the largest coal mine in Australia.

Planet Watch – Top three environmental issues

With so many environmental crises occurring, it’s hard to focus on just three issues to provide an update to Planet Watch readers – but here's our top three...

Start taking action on World Environment Day

Today, 5 June, is World Environment Day and the theme is ‘Time for Nature’. It is a theme that asks you to consider the fact that the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate of the earth are what allows us to exist and inhabit this small blue dot in the ever expanding universe.

Water droplets give the reef more time – but climate action needed

As the Great Barrier Reef experiences its third mass coral bleaching in five years innovation can gives us more time to save the reef but climate action is needed.

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers.