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Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a...

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Legal aid funding inadequate, say Law Council of Australia

The nation’s top law advocacy group is calling on the government for adequately resourced Legal Aid Offices, owing to unmet demand for the service.

Bulwinkle Park, Alstonville closed

Following strong winds overnight that led to the fall of a tree and fallen power lines Ballina Shire Council has temporarily closed Bulwinkle Park, Alstonville.

Voting options on paid parking

Council paid parking in Byron Bay, and National Parks NSW paid parking, has ruined the amenity we once had,...

Public health neglected

On Monday 29 November 2021, I was in Mullumbimby Woolworths around 1–1.30pm. I counted 14 people without a mask,...

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

Amber blue-green algae alert Lake Ainsworth

Currently, there is an Amber alert for Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head.

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Natural Resources Commission using ‘propaganda’ to log koala feed trees sat NEFA

The North East Forest Alliance says that the assertion by the Natural Resources Commission report that logging of koala feed trees doesn’t have any impact on koalas is ‘dangerous propaganda’.

A local has locked onto a logging harvester in Lower Bucca State Forest

A member of the public has taken the day off work to lock onto a NSW Forestry Corporation harvester in the Lower Bucca State Forest this morning to stop logging and desecration of sacred sites.

Forestry Corp reneges on promised NEFA inspection

Long-time North Coast forest protector Dailan Pugh said he is ‘at my wits end’ after the NSW Forestry Corporation yesterday failed to honour an agreement that saw an end to activists occupying Gibberagee state forest last week.

Court case slaps North Coast piggery with $270,000 bill

A North Coast piggery operator could face a $277,000 bill following a successful prosecution by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Calls for ‘incompetent’ environment minister Upton to be sacked

The state opposition has called for environment minister Gabrielle Upton to be ‘stripped of her duties’ following a damning report on the state of the Environmental Protection Authority by the auditor-general.

Byron Council gets grant to target litterbugs

Byron Shire Council has received a $100,000 EPA grant for litter prevention, with a special focus on eliminating the scourge of cigarette butts from our beaches.

Forestry Corporation threatens environmentalist

The Forestry Corporation picked the International Day of Forests to write to North East Forest Alliance auditor Dailan Pugh threatening him with a $2,200 fine if he returns to meet with the Environment Protection Authority or audit Gibberagee State Forest.

NSW Forestry ‘stacked’ expert panel

A freedom of information request by a north coast environment group has revealed that an ‘independent’ panel of the EPA advising on threatened species is dominated by serving and former NSW Forestry staff.

Abandoned CSG waste is cement, says EPA

The Environment Protection Authority has announced the results of its investigation into the contents of an overturned tank at a former Metgasco CSG test well, but the scientist who called the EPA to the site disputes the agency’s results.

EPA investigates spill at former Metgasco site

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has commenced investigations into a suspected spill of contaminated water from a storage tank at Metgasco’s decommissioned Corella exploration well near Dobies Bight.

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

Work is starting on Tweed Rail Trail

The Tweed Council section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 24km section that stretches from the Murwillumbah Railway Station to Crabbes Creek and work is starting on the construction.

Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

NORPA announces stellar 2022 season

This morning in a special online event, NORPA revealed some of the adventurous, world-class shows that will transport audiences to different worlds in 2022.