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Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

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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.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

‘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.

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

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Government fails to protect koalas

Greens MP and Committee Chair Cate Faehrmann said the Government’s response to the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Koala Populations and their Habitat, released yesterday, indicates it has no intention of acting upon many key recommendations made by the Committee in order to stop koalas becoming extinct in NSW before 2050.

Lismore to host environment conference

Extinction and the climate crisis are the key theme of the NSW Regional Environment Conference 2019 which will be held in Lismore. The crisis facing the North Coast koala population from deforestation will be top of the agenda.

Land clearing laws ‘a licence to kill’

A meeting at Marvell Hall in Byron Bay on Thursday heard the Nature Conservation Council outline its plans to take the NSW Government to court over its controversial land clearing laws.

Burning forests for power ‘morally indefensible’

The state and federal government rule out burning biomass from native forests for electricity after it was revealed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation was lobbying federal MPs to support the proposal. [1]

Baird’s biodiversity laws for big agribusiness

Kate Smolski , Nature Conservation Council CEO. The public has given a huge thumbs down to the Baird government’s plans to weaken environmental controls and accelerate land clearing.

Biodiversity Bill a path to extinction

Kate Smolski , Chief Executive Officer , Nature Conservation Council of NSW Many people in NSW may not know that Premier Mike Baird is rewriting...

NCC welcomes Labor’s signal on environment

The NSW Nature Conservation Council (NCC) has welcomed the appointment of Penny Sharpe as the shadow minister for the planning, the environment and heritage in its ALP front bench line-up.

Scrapping Native Veg Act ‘black day for nature’ in NSW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmTyX5YxECk Total Environment Centre director Jeff Angel gives the TEC’s view on environmental issues related to the environment Conservation groups say they are appalled by the...

State bureaucrats ‘foisting’ West Byron plan on council

Byron Residents Group and the Nature Conservation Council have spoken out against what they call state government attempts to 'foist' a development control plan for West Byron on council.

Extended CSG exploration freeze welcomed

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed a state government decision to continue the moratorium on issuing new coal seam gas exploration licences but says the move doesn't go far enough.

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.