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Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

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Waste to energy

On Friday I attended a biomass and waste incineration event, at the Condong sugar mill, held by the Northern...

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...

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...

Northern Rivers Mud Trail this weekend

Local ceramic artists will be opening their studios across the Byron, Ballina and Tweed Shires over the weekend, as part of the Northern Rivers Mud Trail.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

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...

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Solar ‘feed-in’ payments set to double

About 8677 households and businesses in the Lismore electorate alone, and across the state, could soon be eligible for higher prices for the solar power they feed in to the grid.

Upper house inquiry finds IPART ‘unfit’ for local govt review

The NSW Government has failed to make a case for forced council amalgamations, and ‘unreliable’ criteria necessitates the withdrawal of Government claims councils are unfit, according to the findings of a parliamentary inquiry into local government.

IPART not fit, say Greens

With the state government set to make decisions about the future of local government based on decisions reached by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, the Greens say IPART itself is not fit to make the call.

Tweed rejects merging with Kyogle

Tweed Shire Council has rejected merging with neighbouring Kyogle Council, which was found to be ‘unfit’ to stand alone under the state government’s Fit for the Future (FFTF) review announced this week.

Tweed, Kyogle fail first merger muster

Tweed shire has been ruled ‘unfit for the future’ under the state government’s merger plan for the 152 councils across the state, but its general manager says amalgamation is not on the cards.

Lismore considers rate to restore farmland

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said talk of a special rate variation to create a fund for farmers to do habitat restoration work on their land was premature.

Rate hike prompts Richmond Valley break-up call

Richmond Valley Council has announced it will increase its rates by almost 40 per cent in the next five years, leading a prominent council-watcher to call for the LGA to be broken up.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...

Masters of disasters

If ever alarm bells were sounded for Ballina and ignored, they surely were those of former mayor and West Ballina farmer, Bert Barlow, in...

Waste to energy

On Friday I attended a biomass and waste incineration event, at the Condong sugar mill, held by the Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) and North...