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More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

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Barrio in Good Food Guide

Congratulations to our local favourite restaurant Barrio Eatery & Bar, who has just been named as ‘one of Byron’s...

Qld-NSW border to open sooner

Local businesses can look forward to an ‘epic summer’ following the easing of Qld border restrictions, the Byron Business Chamber says.

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Take a drive to unlock the Tweed’s Hinterland Gems

From river flow to valley vibes, the Tweed’s hinterland will inspire and enrich with galleries and distilleries, freshly made...

Evidence-based claims on Dunoon Dam

Why is it that all I hear from the pro-dammers is: ‘Save Our Dam’, ‘Build the dam’ or some...

Time to ride the election cycle

Bicycle advocacy is vanishingly rare in our community. Amid all the noise about net zero, my search for bicycle advocate candidates to vote for on Saturday only turned up vague references to ‘reducing our reliance on cars’ and ‘increasing public transport connectivity’. The closest thing to policy was: ‘It’s time to create bike paths all over the Shire.’ 

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Highway to hell: 75-minute delays at Woodburn

In what is turning into holiday hell, northbound travellers on the Pacific Highway can expect to wait the length of a feature film in a traffic jam at Woodburn today.

Last girder laid on Richmond River bridge

The last girder has been installed on a new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater, part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. But don't get excited about driving over it any time soon.

Why were highway subcontractors left without pay for almost a year?

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, has welcomed news subbies working on the Pacific Highway upgrade affected by the collapse of Oswald Bros will finally be paid. But he questions why the government took so long to step in.

Meerschaum Vale misses out on low-noise highway surface

Residents of the once-sleepy area of Meerschaum Vale never expected noisy freeway construction within earshot of their homes, let alone suffering extra ongoing noise from the road that other nearby residents will miss out on.

Highway upgrade one step closer as service road opens

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan says a new service road will give traffic a safe and efficient bypass of the Pacific Highway upgrade works between Woodburn and Broadwater for the next two years.

Govt ‘misleading the public’ over koala feed tree planting

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of ‘misleading the public’ over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.

MP hits out at RMS for noise and dust on highway site

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith will meet with residents affected by noise, dust and vibration coming from the Pacific Highway upgrade at Meerschaum Vale later today.

Koala fire victims trapped by RMS fencing have nothing to eat

The Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade is a disaster waiting to happen. A major bushfire of over 300 hectares two weeks ago has left important areas of koala and long-nosed potoroo habitat burned to the ground, writes Sue Arnold.

RMS builds ‘death traps’ for Ballina koalas

With the Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade poised to begin operations, scientists, community organisations, and environmental groups are horrified by the devices put in place by the RMS to change wildlife behaviour.

Emus quick to learn road crossing skills

Look left, look right, look left again - watch out for the barbed wire. Emus making regular use of crossing points provided by the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

Serious crash – Alstonville

A man is in hospital following a single-vehicle crash in Alstonville on Tuesday afternoon.

Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

Around half of the potential votes have been counted in the Tweed Shire Council which have seen a surge in support for Liberal councillor James Owen.

COVID case sends Mullum High teachers and students into isolation

Mullumbimby High School has had a case of COVID-19 confirmed with all staff and students requested to self isolate.

Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11 per cent of the total...