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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

PM’s vaccine

Martin Bail, Federal On 4 February, 2021 ABC News reported, albeit briefly, that the PM will ‘for the record’ be...

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Stories about "ICAC":

Federal integrity commission needed: Labor

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labor’s plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

More ICAC needed, not less

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. I'd like to support ICAC. Megan Latham is quite right, if tasteless, about the importance of putting the blowtorch to corrupt officialdom.

Politicians entitlements should be thoroughly probed

Bruce Apps, Townsend, NSW. Now that the poo has really hit the fans' concerning the political entitlement rorts, it is time for all of us who regularly send in letters to the editors of the various newspapers to push for an ICAC-type inquiry/royal commission.

High Court clips ICAC’s wings in ‘Cunneen affair’

The High Court’s decision to curtail ICAC’s investigation of high-profile lawyer Margaret Cunneen has severe implications for the corruption watchdog’s future.

ICAC refuses to comment on West Byron

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has refused to answer questions regarding why the West Byron development was never investigated after MLC Jan Barham referred it to them.

West Byron ICAC referral applauded

Jenny Coman, Bangalow A very good move by MLC and former Mayor, Jan Barham, to have ICAC investigate the referral of a decision on West Byron to State Govt; let’s hope they find fault with the process.

West Byron development proposal referred to ICAC

The West Byron development proposal is to be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption today by NSW Greens MLC and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.

Tweed businessman gave Nats a $175,000 ‘loan’ after donor ban

A prominent Tweed businessman gave the National Party a $175,000 loan after the ban on developer donations came into effect in 2009, Sydney media has revealed.

ICAC highlights need for reform: Kaye

The ICAC's finding of corrupt conduct against former Labor MP Eddie Obeid, former minister Joe Tripodi and former NSW Maritime chief executive Steve Dunn...

Metgasco to take legal action

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers says Metgasco's decision to take the government to court over the suspension of its Bentley gas licence is further evidence of the company’s ‘recalcitrant attitude’ towards the community.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.