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Byron Bay local is 2024 Glover Prize Finalist

Local watercolourist Dave Sparkes has been selected as a finalist in the 2024 John Glover Prize, Australia’s prestigious landscape award.

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‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Ballina Council have removed any doubt that the development of housing on land it owns in Wollongbar is for the benefit of ‘key workers’.

Sleepbus service opens in Ballina

Sleepbus, the innovative solution for rough sleepers, has opened in Ballina after relocating from Byron Bay.

Lighthouse Road

The section from the bus stop on Lighthouse Road to the divide of the road to Byron Bay, is...

NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

Wallum update: protectors at the ready

The fight to save the Wallum heathland in Brunswick Heads has gone into overdrive, with dozens of locals staunchly holding the line on-site, while thousands more lobby state and federal politicians in pursuit of permanent protection.

Natasha Lechner inquest verdict released

State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan was in Byron Bay Courthouse on Friday afternoon to deliver her findings in the inquest into the death of Natasha Lechner, who died after taking kambo in Mullumbimby in 2019.

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JRPP defers decision on West Byron development

The JRPP has deferred a decision on the controversial ‘local’ development application for West Byron, potentially leaving the matter to be decided by the Land and Environment Court.

Resident group’s last ditch bid to halt West Byron development

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has deferred a decision on the 'locals' plan for a development at West Byron, citing the lateness of additional information from the proponent meaning council and RFS had insufficient time to prepare a response.

West Byron JRPP determination meeting date set

A contentious large-scale housing/industrial proposal for land opposite the Byron industry estate on Ewingsdale Road will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel next month.

Tweed reps for state planning panel sought

Nominations are being called for Tweed Shire Council's representatives on the state's planning body which will decide major developments in the Tweed over the next three years.

Planning dept supports JRPP chair

The man heading up the panel that will make the final decision on the Lennox Head ski jump proposal has recently been criticised by land and environment judges over his poor handling of a council amalgamation report .

DA in for Lennox Olympic ski jump

Ballina shire council has received the development application from the NSW office of sport for the proposed Lennox Head Olympic aerial training ski jump at Lake Ainswoth and local residents have been quick to react and state that they do not see a place for the ski jump in Lennox Head.

Major developments decided without oversight

Hans Lovejoy The independence of a planning panel which decides developments too large for councils has been defended by the NSW planning department. Major developments valued...

Terranora’s scenic views ‘spoilt’

Luis Feliu One of the Tweed’s most scenic routes at Terranora is slowly being eaten away by development with yet another proposal to turn prime...

Time to go? The costly impact of climate change on the housing hip pocket

Jennifer Woods had lived in Wagga Wagga her whole life, a single parent of four children, a social worker and no stranger to what life on a floodplain might throw the way of anyone living there: the town has learnt to cope with floods – 60 have been registered since Federation.

More than 80 new Tweed Hospital jobs

The Northern NSW Local Health District is advertising more than 80 full time equivalent roles at the new Tweed Valley Hospital, due to open in mid-May. 

Silence broken on gender pay gaps

The exposure of the gender pay gaps in large Australian organisations is a turning point for gender equality, but more must be done to hold employers to account, says a University of South Australia researcher.

Sleepbus service opens in Ballina

Sleepbus, the innovative solution for rough sleepers, has opened in Ballina after relocating from Byron Bay.