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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

Fresh faces for Council elections

A very distinct, black flat-cap has just been thrown into the ring for the upcoming Byron Council elections, pegged for September 4.

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.

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Lifeline’s Lismore office has new regional manager

The Northern Rivers region has had its fair share of challenges over the last few years with the pandemic, climate events, employment, as well...

World Suicide Prevention Day is today

There are few of us who haven't been touched by the tragedy of suicide and this World Suicide Prevention Day, Lifeline will call on Australians to send the clearest signal yet to those who are struggling, that they are not alone.

Young people and our mental health in the Byron Shire: where can we go?

Young people who live in Byron Bay and surrounding towns lack one of the most important health services: mental health assistance.

Body of man missing in Byron found

A man reported missing from a hotel in Byron Bay on Saturday (March 31) has been found deceased. 

Roamer trots through the Shire

Terra Roam is on her final leg of her 16,000km walk around Australia and has been traversing the northern rivers via Wollumbin, Huonville, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Ballina over the last week as she does her final 800km to the finishing line in Newcastle, where she was born.

Lifeline Northern Rivers seeks volunteers

Some 2,866 people committed by suicide in the year to September 2016 and Lifeline Northern Rivers is taking up the challenge to answer more calls in the coming year to help prevent deaths.

Men need courage to ask for help: Lifeline

The Lismore first-grade rugby team will be wearing one-off jerseys bearing the Lifeline logo at this Saturday’s game against Lennox Head. Outdated ideas about stoicism and masculinity mean men often struggle to reach out to friends and loved ones during tough times.

Lifeline Northern Rivers to expand life-saving service

Lifeline Northern Rivers is on the lookout for volunteers as part of its response to a dramatic rise in the number of suicides. Australian Bureau of Statistics data released in March showed that 2864 people had taken their lives in 2014 – an increase of almost 13.5 per cent from 2013.

Father and son’s epic journey across Australia

In what is believed to be a first, father and son Richard and Benjamin Harris have crossed Australia from its furthest points in a 4WD motorhome, arriving in Byron Bay just 10 days after leaving Australia’s most westerly location, Steep Point, WA on April 23.

Call for action as suicide doubles road toll

Our region is a hotspot for car accident fatalities and the same has become true for suicide. With the number of deaths by suicide more than double the road toll, Lifeline Northern Rivers is calling for a new approach to its prevention.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.