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John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

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Chinderah truck stop COVID-19 exposure site

NSW has put out a public health alert identifying Chinderah truck stop at the Ampol service station (northbound), 112 Tweed Valley Way, near Murwillumbah turnoff as a possible infection site.

Large bioenergy facility DA before public

A Council proposal for a bioenergy facility at the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which is also a popular birdwatching location, is now before the public for comment. 

COVID fragments in Byron’s sewage – have symptoms? Get tested

Do you live in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise, or Broken Head? If you have any COVID symptoms or have potentially been exposed get tested.

Byron Shire look out

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Michael Lyon has formed a Council candidates ticket with a couple of now ex-Greens, himself being an...

The legalities around pork barrelling in NSW

The misallocation of public funds to benefit partisan interest, to the detriment of making such decisions based on merit, is nothing new in the state of NSW. However, the blatant justifications of the practice by the current coalition government are something new.

Before a vaccine – living in the time of polio

I have a friend my age who was infected by polio. Here is an excerpt from a letter that he wrote to me:

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Driver flown to GC hospital after Tyagarah crash

Police say that at about 1.30am today emergency services were called to the M1 Motorway near Kennedys Lane at Tyagarah, after reports a Hyundai i30 had collided with several objects and left the roadway.

Pacific Highway closed north of McLean

The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions north of McLean between Chatsworth and Harwood due to a serious two-car crash near Chatsworth Road.

Two injured in cascading accidents on Pacific Highway

Two people were injured, one seriously, in separate crashes less than a kilometre apart near on the M1 Pacific Highway near Clothiers Creek on Friday (August 10).

Pacific Motorway closed at Chinderah after truck crash

All southbound lanes of the M1 Pacific Motorway are closed near Chinderah due to a two-truck crash.

Another accident on Byron’s most dangerous road

A woman has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after the car she was driving rolled on Coolamon Scenic Drive, near Mullumbimby, overnight. And a car was forced off Possum Shoot Road on Friday morning by an oncoming truck.

Man critical after Bruxner Highway crash

The Bruxner Highway has reopened after a serious crash overnight that left four people injured, one critically.

Motorcyclist dead and one injured after crash on Summerland Way

Update: Tuesday, May 8 Police have arrested a man who drove through roadblocks on the Summerland Way on Monday after an accident there that killed a motorcyclist and injured another.

Woman sleeping under car run over at Ocean Shores party

A woman has been run over after allegedly falling a sleep underneath a ute in a car park at Shara Boulevard, Ocean Shores, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Person trapped in Murwillumbah smash

A person was trapped inside a vehicle in Murwillumbah for ‘some time’ this morning before being released by emergency service workers.

Two dead following ‘car with no seats’ accident

Two people have died in hospital following a bizarre and serious car accident at Woodenbong, about 100km northwest of Lismore, last week.

Editorial – Free fi fo dumb?

Hans Lovejoy, editor Scientists have warned that now the UK has come out of lockdown on ‘freedom day’ (July 19), it will lead to ‘a...

Snakes monitor radioactive contamination

Ten years on from the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan – the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl – researchers are using Japanese rat snakes to measure radioactivity in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

Criticism of Ballina Cr Cadwallader’s water election tactics

The Ballina Environment Society (BES) has accused Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader of politicising water security by using ‘the Dunoon Dam as one of her key concerns in her bid for mayor in September’s local government elections’.

Old Byron Hospital DA on exhibition

Plans are finally in for the redevelopment of the old Byron Hospital that will facilitate its transformation into a much-needed community hub.