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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

The Channon resilient after disaster

Northern Rivers communities are nothing if not resilient and The Channon community is preparing to take a proactive stance when it comes to disasters in the area.

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No thinking, let alone a conscience on koalas, allowed!

It appears that governance in NSW is no longer about representing your constituents, it is about following the party line, no questions asked. Fortunately for koalas one upper house Liberal MLC Catherine Cusack was prepared to cross the floor in their defense.

NSW govt argues against adopting CSG recommendations

Many of the NSW Chief Scientist’s recommendations on regulating the CSG industry will not be adopted, according to the government response. 

CSG moratorium bill fails in NSW Lower House

Yesterday the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Moratorium Bill was debated in the NSW Lower House (Legislative Assembly) of parliament and was defeated with 36 votes in favour and 38 votes against.

1,330% increase in land clearing under NSW Liberal–National leadership

The bush, the forests, the animals, and the people of NSW – make that Australia – have been enduring the back to back impacts of flood, drought, fire, flood, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. What could make this any worse?

Baird’s ‘war on trees’ comes to Lismore

A community meeting in Lismore has called on the Baird government to ‘end its war on trees’ and to increase protection for local bushland, wildlife and the climate by strengthening nature protection laws.

Dart Energy’s north-coast CSG licence renewed

Labor and the Greens have slammed the state government's six-year renewal of Dart Energy's CSG exploration licence on the north coast, although campaigners have welcomed some concessions.

Byron Bay resident to run as independent in state election

The spectrum for next year’s state election expanded considerably last week after Byron Bay resident Matthew Hartley announced his intention to stand – wheelchair and all – for the seat of Ballina.

Page defends votes for businesses

Proposed legislation aimed at ‘giving business a voice in local elections’ by the NSW Shooters and Fishers party and supported by coalition government, has been widely condemned by the entire opposing political spectrum, including the peak body representing NSW councils.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.