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Ben Smith leaving Ballina Council

The unique contributions of current Deputy Mayor Ben Smith to Ballina Shire Council are coming to an end, as he's decided to hang up his councillor hat after thirteen years, and not contest the December election.

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Recycling polystyrene just got easier at Lismore’s Recycling & Recovery Centre

The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre has a new machine that can recycle polystyrene which will help the facility increase the capacity to deal with this earth-wrecking synthetic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-polymer.

Julian Assange: the name that cannot be uttered

Since the news came through I have been keeping an eye and an ear out for further reporting in...

I’m back!

Over the past few weeks I’ve stayed out of the limelight in order to rest for the election campaign,...

As summer approaches

Ah yes, all this death because we could not listen and a bus winding through the renamed country road once a walking track now paved...

Library restrictions

Under Richmond Tweed Library restrictions announced today, our local libraries are now only offering click and collect, and online...

No means no, say traditional owners

As Water Week draws to a close, with a theme of 'Caring for Water and Country', a group of Widjabul Wia-bal elders have emphatically said they do not want the Dunoon Dam proposal to be put back on the table by pro-dam councillors.

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HEMP Party’s early AGM hope to change name excluding ‘Marijuana’ from the title

Founded in 1993, the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party has a number of policies that centre around the re-legalisation of cannabis for personal, medicinal and industrial uses in Australia.

The Ghost who Walks vs the Ghost who Tokes

The Australian publisher of the iconic Phantom comics has sent a letter to the Nimbin HEMP Embassy threatening legal action unless the HEMP Party stops using its Plantem character in political advertisements, and at Mardi Grass.

Nimbin’s ‘mayor’ in race for WA senate seat

He's already the president of the Hemp Party, and many regard him as the unofficial mayor of Nimbin, but now Michael Balderstone is hoping to add Senator to his name.

HEMP Party condemns alliance over micro parties


The northern-rivers-based Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party has slammed the proposed deal between the Turnbull government and the Greens Party.

Cannabis saliva testing ‘not about impairment’

Medical-cannabis campaigners have slammed the increasing use of roadside saliva testing by police on the north coast and across the state to fight illegal drug use, saying the devices used are inaccurate and having negative impacts.

Political party forms in Lismore to tackle climate change

A new political party focused on tackling climate change is being formed by a group of north coast residents. The Renewable Energy Party plans to stand candidates in every state and territory at the next Federal election in 2016.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: ‘What’s that, Skip?’

I love Kangaroos. Like most people my age I grew up eating my dinner off a Skippy plate. Seeing Sonny and Skip was a real incentive to finish my dinner. I wanted a kangaroo friend too. I wanted to say ‘What’s that, Skip?’ And Skip would tell me ‘There was a murder down at the gorge’...

Blue skies for Blueberry Fields

Blueberry Fields is very much a family business with father-and-son team Otto and Jasch Saeck working alongside each other on their 160-acre farm at...

Cacao wow

After ten years of wholesale trading from their small factory, Byron Bay Cacao’s stunning new retail space is now open to the public. The...