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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

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AI confirms over 85% of the world is affected by human-induced climate change

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After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

The 29th annual Ernies a shocking look at misogyny

Has lockdown made misogyny worse? We could find out tomorrow when the 29th Annual Ernies Awards for sexist remarks give out their gongs

Library restrictions

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

Raucous AUKUS

Over the last 20 years or more, Australia has benefited greatly from its economic relationship with China. You may...

Egotistic rabble

Strident anti-vaxxers claim that COVID-19 vaccination violates their individual sovereignty and freedom. However, there’s not a beep from them...

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Johnson and Johnson on why they oppose the Dunoon Dam

Former Ballina Mayor Keith Johnson and current Ballina Councillor Jeff Johnson are both strongly opposed to the Dunoon Dam.

Lennox takes to the street over Lake road

The planned closure of an access road to Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head sparked weekend protests, with residents claiming they were not ‘sufficiently notified or given a choice.’ As part of the proposal by Ballina Shire Council, a new park is planned.

Ballina councillor wades into Tweed expenses row

A Ballina shire councillor has gone into bat for Tweed mayor Katie Milne who has been dumped from her role overseeing and approving monthly expenses after a row with fellow councillors.

Ballina to divest from fossil fuel investments

Ballina Shire Council is set to join Lismore and Byron councils in divesting its investments from financial institutions that support fossil fuels.

Ballina ocean pool another step closer

The push to build an ocean pool at Ballina has been given the backing of the Ballina Shire Council reserve trusts committee.

Support for Ballina ocean pool ‘overwhelming’

Supporters of an ocean pool in Ballina are hoping it could become a reality within a year.

Rous Water threatens fluoride activist with legal action

Rous Water has threatened anti-flouride critic Al Oshlack with legal sanctions if he continues to speak against the the fluoridation of the region’s water supply. The threat comes as Ballna shire councillor Jeff Johnson has announced he will lodge a notice of motion at next week’s council meeting calling for a community poll on fluoridation.

Jeff Johnson, Independent candidate for Ballina

It’s time to break the political party stranglehold over our democracy. Political parties are increasingly promising the world and failing to deliver. As a local independent I won’t be dictated to by the party factions, corporations or developers in Sydney who simply want to exploit our region for short-term profits.

Labor goes into bat for Ballina sports centre

The battle for Ballina has stepped up a notch with the Labor party promising to make land available for a world-class indoor sports centre in the town.

Nationals support for CSG is ongoing

Jeff Johnson, Independent candidate for Ballina. On the important local issues the Nationals have let the community down. Their ongoing support for coal seam gas (CSG) mining in the northern rivers proves that they no longer represent the community.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

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.

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.