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Councils ‘bullied’ with increased NSW govt burdens, say LGNSW

NSW councils have been ‘set up to fail’ with their annual audits ‘because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control’, claims the peak body representing councils, Local Government NSW.

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Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.

Your Witches are Back!

It’s the longest day and the shortest night: 22 December is the summer solstice, a time to transition from...

Waste solutions

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

Dogs – stay out 

Byron’s Main Beach and playground is a no-dog area. About ten signs clearly state this and unless someone is...

Warning: Northern Rivers Rail Trail not ready yet

Love or hate it, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is under construction and the community is being urged to wait until it is safe for public use.

Disco Byron style

Groove Terminator and Rodd Richards are proud to present for the very first time in Byron Bay, France’s very...

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MP Cusack attacks community centre and councillor

A north coast Liberal MLC launched an extraordinary attack on a Byron Shire Councillor and the Byron Bay Community Centre under parliamentary privilege in the Upper House on Wednesday.

Affordable housing summit ideas hatch

An affordable housing summit at the Cavanbah Sports Centre last Friday saw a healthy turnout and a full day of talks and Q&A with industry professionals, both local and interstate.

What happened to Thomas George’s CSG promise?

Opponents of coal seam gas mining are calling on Lismore MP Thomas George to explain why a major exploration licence is still active in the northern rivers region. Their demand comes as a Byron shire councillor is attempting to ban any council investment in CSG.

ALP vote will be wasted: Greens

A vote for Labor’s Paul Spooner in the seat of Ballina would be a wasted vote, according to the Greens’ candidate for the seat, Tamara Smith, who has announced the Greens would buy the Ocean Shores Roundhouse site for community land.

Labor goes into bat for Ballina sports centre

The battle for Ballina has stepped up a notch with the Labor party promising to make land available for a world-class indoor sports centre in the town.

Rail trail ok, but corridor must be preserved

Paul Spooner, Labor candidate for Ballina. The rail trail is an excellent initiative that should benefit both locals and tourists, and I think it will be well frequented. But we shouldn’t rip up the existing train lines to make the corridor solely a bike trail.

Paul Spooner, ALP Ballina candidate

In my role as the general manager of Byron Community Centre I have worked with those most vulnerable in our community. I want to...

Labor promises Ballina better schools and hospital

The NSW Labor Party has upped the ante in its bid to win the state seat of Ballina, promising a $7.3 million upgrade of Ballina hospital and $30 million for local schools.

Governments ‘slashing vital north coast services’

A contingent of Byron Bay community workers and supporters rolled into Lismore yesterday to join a regional protest against the slashing of funding for the poorest in our community by the Abbott and Baird governments.

Labor aims to ‘terminate’ West Byron plan

If elected, NSW Labor will take plans for the West Byron development back to the drawing board, according to its Ballina candidate Paul Spooner.

Cumbalum shops and affordable homes one step closer – by car

Cumbalum is one step closer towards having some local shops and five new officially affordable homes in perpetuity thanks to council approval of preliminary planning requirements.

Mullum’s zebra crossing win hard fought by residents

A zebra crossing is being installed at a pedestrian safety blackspot near the centre of Mullumbimby, following a long-running campaign by a group of local residents.

The Aboriginal identity explosion

So, who are Aboriginal people, what is the three-pronged definition and perhaps more importantly, who decides? 

NSW Labor candidate announced for Ballina

Andrew Broadley has been named the NSW Labor candidate for Ballina for the March 2023 election.