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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

Roll up! Roll up! Behind the scenes with Spaghetti Circus

Spaghetti Circus Inc. is one of Australia’s leading youth circuses and has been an energetic, vibrant and colourful part of the Byron Shire for 30 years from when it was founded by Leonie Mills OAM in 1992. Every week, Spaghetti’s diverse team of coaches train more than 220 children and adults from their Mullumbimby Showground home. 

Tasty Jams, Pickles & Relishes: timeless

The preserving room in my grandparents’ house was a mysterious chamber, entered once as a small child, that I...

Lennox’s Ollie Sharpe heading to NSW Surf Life Saving Country Charge

Defending Open Iron champion, 17-year-old Ollie Sharpe and his club, Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC, is preparing to lead the charge for the smaller clubs at the 2023 Oakberry Acai NSW Country Championships.

New blood running again

If you missed out on tickets to October’s sold-out season of the award-winning local musical New Blood, you will be thrilled to know that it’s back by popular demand for a second season in February. The musical that got the whole region talking is back, for two nights only, at the Byron Theatre, 8–9 February. This new musical, created by local musicians and performers, is an absolute ‘must see’ – it’s funny, deeply moving and resonated loudly with local audiences.

Sydney Dance Company in Lismore teaching young dancers

The prestigious Sydney Dance Company joined forces with NORPA last week to mentor young dancers from the Northern Rivers in a week-long dance intensive held at Southern Cross University in Lismore. 

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New Lennox Head fire station approved

The Ballina Shire Council has approved construction of a new Lennox Head Rural Fire Service (RFS) station, after noting a dire biodiversity impact report on the site in September.

Twenty-five fire crew at Piggabeen house blaze

Fire crews and emergency services were called to a blaze at Piggabeen in the early hours of Monday.

A fun day out for local RFS members

Recognising the unpaid dedication of their RFS members and their families the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) has run a series of seven family days across the state for RFS members and their families including one at Knockrow Macadamia Castle near Ballina last Saturday.

New captain for Mullum RFS brigade

The Mullumbimby Rural Fire Service (RFS) recently welcomed their new Captain Phill Le Marinel who said he is excited about growing the brigade.

Early bushfire season for 74 NSW council areas

The Rural Fire Service had already declared an early start to the bushfire danger season for areas on the Northern Rivers in August but last week added another 53 local government areas to the list.

Get ready for fire season this weekend

It is time to get ready for the fire season. Find out how to protect your home and family at this weekends Get Ready Weekend. Volunteer firefighters are there to give advice on how to be prepared – there will also be fun activities for the kids to enjoy.

Woman charged with stealing firefighting equipment

It seems inconceivable that in the middle of a bushfire emergency someone would break into a fire truck and steal valuable firefighting equipment. But that’s exactly what happened yesterday in Lismore.

Main Arm fire brigade celebrates 75 years of community

From long haired hippies to National Party supporters, the whole community came out on Saturday to celebrate 75 years of the Main Arm rural fire service.

Volunteers rural fireys deserve apology from minister

Guy Zangari, shadow minister for emergency services. NSW emergency services minister David Elliott has refused to apologise to rural volunteer firefighters after comparing them to characters from the 1970s comedy Dad’s Army.

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.