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Lake Ainsworth Cyanobacteria Update – RED ALERT

Ballina Shire Council has just issued a Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth. Water should NOT be used for primary recreation. Users should obey all signage erected by Council.

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NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity

Confused and anxious when it comes to ambiguous and complex COVID-19 laws? You are not alone.

AI confirms over 85% of the world is affected by human-induced climate change

Brought to you by The Echo and Cosmos Magazine Climate complexity unpacked to reveal the wide reach of human-induced climate change Eighty-five percent of...

Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

Crime Stoppers says that almost 90 per cent of Australians have received at least one nuisance or unwanted call every week

ICAC and the premier

For Liberal Party luminaries it’s obviously been a heart-wrenching experience watching Gladys Berejiklian bite the dust and they are...

New positive COVID-19 case at Ballina Coast High School

Update 14 October: Ballina Coast High School will reopen for staff and students on Thursday, 14 October 2021, after a member/s of the school community tested positive to...

Lismore Council votes to naturalise Browns Creek

At Tuesday’s Lismore Council meeting, Councillor Vanessa Ekins moved a motion to begin the Browns Creek Naturalisation Project, which involves the removal of the existing concrete stormwater drain that traverses Lismore Park from Brewster Street through to Uralba Street, and reconstruction as a more natural watercourse.

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From little things Ballina things grow

The advocate group Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) grew from small beginnings in 2015 when resident Sue Kelly had a gut full of the Australian Government’s increasingly inhumane treatment and policies towards people seeking asylum.

Remembering refugees and helping them resume a life

If you have struggled with lockdown during COVID-19 spare a thought for refugees who have been left to languish in Nauru and Manus Island for over seven years.

Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru

A group of young Aussie kids appear in a new advertising campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru. 

A rare inside peek inside the hell of Manus and Nauru

Mia Armitage ‘What you will hear truly is about a lack of human rights,’ said Frederika Steen AM on a late May Saturday morning in...

Australia silent on Israeli demolition of village

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay. It's not just the government of Nauru who block visitors including those from Australia whose tax dollars maintain the refugee gulags. Israel similarly is not keen for witnesses to its demolition of Australian NGO ActionAid and EU funded structures.

Teachers must stand up for children in detention

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores. As we have heard, doctors are protecting a baby at the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane from deportation. As teachers we are supposed to be mandatory notifiers of child abuse.

UN warns Australia on Nauru kids

The UN refugee agency says it's greatly concerned by the Australian High Court's decision which could pave the way for children to be deported to Nauru.

Aid agency misconduct claims may not stand up

Doubt has been cast on evidence used by the immigration department to kick nine staff from aid agency Save the Children, who were working with asylum seekers, out of Nauru.

STP problems ignored

The people in Byron Shire need to start asking Byron Shire Council (BSC) and councillors when are they actually going to responsibly and effectively...

So long Greens

So, where to now for Greens voters disillusioned with local MP Tamara Smith advocating the big pharmaceutical program? One would have thought a Greens approach...

Immunity

I know I’m not the only one who has joined the dots between Byron Shire having the lowest vaccination rate in the state and...

One new COVID case in Lismore and Local Health District venues of concerns

Northern NSW Local Health District says there has been one new case of COVID-19 reported for the are to 8pm 17 October.