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The power goes out on the Far North Coast

Essential Energy says that just over 21,000 homes and businesses on the Far North Coast were affected by unplanned outages on Saturday night, following the severe storms that swept through the region.

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Master Mariner Bill Fenelon looks to the future of Tweed Shire

Bill Fenelon, who has called the Tweed Valley home since 2009, is heading up Group A and is running...

Gladys just doesn’t get it? Bullshit.

The rules are lost to the dark art of time, but when I was younger, we used to play a card game called ‘Bullshit’...

Historical truth

Some people choose to rewrite history when it suits them. Former mayor Simon Richardson has been telling people that...

Byron Supper Club

Bryce Hallett The Byron Supper Club is set to return and transport audiences to a magical and exciting realm akin...

The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

James McKenzie runs for Tweed Shire Council

James McKenzie is running as an ungrouped candidate running in the upcoming Tweed Council election and is from Eungella.

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Ballina MP Tamara Smith speaks about community, and more of the issues close to her heart

In the second part of this two part series, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith discusses more of the issues that are important to her, and the Ballina community.

Kickin’ the Punt launch first major documentary

As part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week, Ballina-based gambling reform group Kickin' The Punt has just released its first major film on YouTube.

Kickin’ the Punt responds to proposed NSW pokie reforms

Ben Hamilton from Ballina-based gambling reform group Kickin' the Punt has reacted to NSW Minister Victor Dominello's proposal of a gambling card to be used by gamblers in poker machine venues.

Kickin’ the Punt launches GoFundMe for films

Ballina-based anti-pokies organisation Kickin' The Punt has launched a new GoFundMe campaign to bring gambling stories to the screen.

Greens: Shut down pokies and gambling rooms

Gambling spokesperson and Greens MP Cate Faehrmann Greens MP says gambling and pokies pose an unacceptable risk during COVID-19 and should be shut down immediately.

Pokie venues punished for unethical practices

Woolworths-owned Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group has been ordered to pay $172,000 after they were found to be illegally providing free alcohol to gamblers. Two of its hotels in the Northern Rivers were banned from operating their pokies for two weeks.

Ben Hamilton kickin’ the punt in Ballina

Ballina tradie and pokie survivor Ben Hamilton has kicked off a new anti-poker machine organisation in the Northern Rivers of NSW, called Kickin' The Punt.

My life was saved by COVID-19

A Far North Coast woman says her life was saved when COVID-19 caused the closures of her local club and her access to the pokies.

AJP calls for horse racing royal commission while pokie profits rise

‘America has a gun problem, Australia has a gambling problem,’ says former Animal Justice Party candidate for Ballina and Northern Rivers based animal rights advocate Cathy Blasonato.

Time for action to reduce gambling harm-related suicides

It’s time the federal and state governments in Australia recognised gambling harm as a serious public health issue, Alliance for Gambling Reform spokesman, the Rev Tim Costello, says on this World Suicide Prevention Day.

Lismore’s new mayor ‘looking forward to working on a united, productive council’

The December 4 LGA election was held on a hot and humid summer’s day in Lismore, a true representation of why it’s sometimes called ‘the wok’,

Byron/Gaza twinned

In Australia there are about 106 towns and cities in sister city or twinned relationship with counterparts worldwide. Lismore is twinned with towns in...

Beam me up Scotty

Scotty, you have the knack of rendering all of life’s complex problems in simple, meaningful terms. I used to rely on Facebook to give...

Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.