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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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Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Date change – Kerry interviews Zoe Daniel

Journalist Zoe Daniel's conversation with Kerry O’Brien regarding her new book, Trumpland, has been rescheduled.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Cult Covid

John Scrivener, Main Arm A careful analysis of Cult Covid must clearly distinguish between four separate and distinct yet interconnected...

Lennox Head thrash Ballina at cricket

A century by Jacob Fulwood helped Lennox Head second grade cricket team to a strong win over the Ballina Bears in the Coastal League last Saturday.

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

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WSL going to Newcastle instead of Lennox

After being rejected in no uncertain terms by the Ballina Shire Council and vocal members of the Lennox Head community, the World Surf League Championship Tour is now going to Newcastle from 1-11 April this year.

WSL plan wiped out by Ballina Council

An extraordinary meeting of Ballina Shire Council was held yesterday afternoon to discuss the controversial proposal to hold the World Surf League competition at Lennox Head this Easter.

Time to choose – protection or extinction for koalas?

While the National Party demands that no effective legislation is brought in to protect koalas and their habitat there is a significant risk that  both State and Commonwealth legal obligations will be contravened if post fire logging continues under existing agreements.

Editorial – Nuclear afterglow

While there will surely be an afterglow of good will towards local National Party MLC Ben Franklin for securing the Shire $25m in road and infrastructure funding, it should be pointed out where his government is taking us when it comes to the energy sector.

Alternative facts? Labor MP says Northern Rivers fire station temporarily closed, fire chief says untrue

Member for the Blue Mountains Trish Doyle last week told media the regional station was closed so fire-fighters could go to a community outreach program in Ballina.

Lismore’s $8.2 million flood mitigation project

More than two years after ex-Cyclone Debbie lashed the Northern Rivers and flooded towns from Murwillumbah to Lismore, work is due to start on mitigation works in South Lismore.

Nuclear mooted by NSW Nationals leader

Should NSW develop nuclear power capabilities? And is it time to bring Lismore's nuclear-free signs back? Nationals leader John Barilaro apparently thinks yes to the first...

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.