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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

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Waste solutions

Australia has a waste problem. Take plastic for example. Australians throw away around 179 million empty bottles of shampoo,...

BreastScreen van comes to Byron

The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be in Byron Bay from 14 – 21 December at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road. Free mammograms are provided to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 and there’s no referral needed.

Vehicles on beaches

Some Ballina councillors have their heads in the sand about vehicles on beaches! I ask them to think about...

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

The politics of climate are a changin’ 

When Tony Abbott won the Liberal Party leadership in 2009, he said the politics of climate had changed. He was referring to soaring electricity prices and his belief that blaming these price hikes on the Rudd government’s proposed climate change commitments would bring him electoral success. 

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Call for audit of Splendour In The Grass as 50,000 capacity questioned 

Tweed Council has called for an independent audit of Splendour In The Grass following the multiple and significant failures of the 2022 event. 

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.

Byron Writers Festival moves to Elements for 2022

Organizers of the Byron Writers Festival say that in the wake of recent weather events at the North Byron Parklands, the Byron Writers Festival 2022 will relocate to Elements of Byron.

Arts sector unable to operate, in dire straits: Splendour in the Grass

Organisers of Splendour in the Grass are calling on the federal government to release critically needed funds to assist the arts sector. According to...

Billinudgel Nature Reserve expands

Over 37.15ha of ecologically significant land has been gifted to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve by North Byron Parklands.

Falls Festival gives to RFS

Falls Festival will donate $20 from every ticket sold to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) until midnight of Christmas Eve. 

Parklands wins permanent approval for Splendour, Falls

Falls and Splendour in the Grass festivals will have a permanent home and an increase in size after the state’s Independent Planning Commission signed-off on a $42-million development application for North Byron Parklands. The approval will see both Splendour and Falls increase in size to 50,000 and 35,000 punters respectively .

Public meeting hears of festival site’s expansion plans

A public meeting held by the Independent Planning Commission this week heard that North Byron Parklands wants to see 50,000 patrons at Splendour, 35,000 punters at Falls as well as up to 25,000 at three other events during the year.

Residents group urge limits on large fest site

Two residents groups are urging the public to attend an upcoming meeting by a government agency to hear community’s concerns over allowing a Yelgun...

Yelgun festival site up for final determination

The State Significant application for a permanent home for music, arts and cultural events in northern NSW by North Byron Parklands, home to Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, has been referred to  independent Planning Commission (IPC) for final determination.

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers.