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Sweet and sour doughnuts

Victoria Cosford ‘It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a sweet tooth,’ says Megan. I’ve called in at the pop-up...

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Some spending cannot be questioned

The euphemisms were flying when Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles announced last week that an extra $50 billion would be spent on our military over the next decade, and that $72.8 billion of already announced spending would be redirected.

Heavy music with a bang!

Heavy music is back at The Northern this week, with a bang! Regular Backroom legends Dead Crow and Mudwagon are joined by Dipodium and Northern Rivers locals Liminal and Puff – the plan is to raise the roof on Thursday at The Northern. This is definitely a night, and a mosh, not to miss. Entry is free!

Ignite your creativity at Mullum Laneways Festival

This year’s Mullum Laneways Festival, to be held on May 4 and 5, promises to be a feast for the senses, set to captivate visitors of all ages. On Sunday, May 5 everyone is encouraged to immerse themselves in the heart of the Festival, as Burringbar Street is transformed into a vibrant tapestry of music, dance, art, and more.This is a free event, funded by local sponsorship and a gala fundraising event on Saturday, May 4.

Buzz Byron Bay, brewing unforgettable moments with a tuk-tuk twist

In the charming coastal haven of Byron Bay, where laid-back vibes meet bespoke experiences, there’s a new buzz in...

‘No-one ever came back but all reports indicate it’s lovely,’ and so begins this wickedly funny play about death and motherhood. Directed by the Drill’s accomplished artistic director, Liz Chance, Ghosting the Party tells the story of three generations of women who face questions of mortality and life with rigour, honesty and humour.

Paul Watson has his say on Sea Shepherd ousting

Regarding your article concerning the split in Sea Shepherd. I established Sea Shepherd as a global movement, not as an organisation, controlled by a few men. It was a democratic association of independent national entities

Stories about "rates":

Will a change to the rates system in Tweed make land valuations fairer?

The impact of recent land valuations between the coast and hinterland was highlighted at last week’s Tweed Shire Council meeting with Mayor Chris Cherry bringing a Notice of Motion to examine different ways the rates system could be adjusted to compensate for the disparity.

Dey pushes for new minimum Byron rate against warnings of rate bracket creep

A new proposed flat minimum rate across the Byron Shire aimed at easing pressure in the housing market would put 238 residential properties in higher rates brackets.

Shocked at your property’s valuation?

Over recent weeks property owners have been receiving the notice of valuation on their properties from the NSW Valuer General. For many, it has raised concerns that the valuations are overinflated and will increase their rates. 

Should rich people be able to support Ballina Council with their taxes?

Near the end of Ballina Shire Council's last epic meeting, Cr Eoin Johnston put forward a motion to pursue the idea of tax deductible donations from the public to fund essential local council services. He wanted support from his fellow councillors to take his motion to the Australian Local Government Association.

Tweed Council keeps open option for Special Rate Variation

The question of whether Tweed Shire Council would apply for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) of 2.35 per cent was, and was not, decided at last week’s council meeting.

Local government rate peg to be reviewed

The announcement by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that it will undertake a long-awaited review of the local government rate peg has been welcomed by Local Government NSW, the peak body representing councils.

Ballina Shire Council approved for special rate increase

Ratepayers in the Ballina Shire can expect slightly higher bills for council services and infrastructure maintenance after approval from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

NSW govt to pay rates for flood-impacted

The NSW government will pay the rates of flood-affected ratepayers in Byron Lismore, Ballina, Richmond Valley, and Clarence Valley local government areas for 2022–2023.

No rates for Lismore residents impacted by floods

An announcement about Lismore's rates had sent a sigh of relief through the community who are still struggling after the Autumn floods.

Rate relief decision for Lismore residents

At Tuesday's Lismore City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Krieg promised to make an announcement to residents about the Council rates – late yesterday a media release was sent out saying that Council understands the devastating physical, emotional and financial impact the flood disaster has had on members for our community.

Foodie road-trip paradise: Harvest Food Trail

Calling all food and farm enthusiasts, the iconic Harvest Food Trail is happening soon, over four days from May 2-5. It’s your chance to...

Buzz Byron Bay, brewing unforgettable moments with a tuk-tuk twist

In the charming coastal haven of Byron Bay, where laid-back vibes meet bespoke experiences, there’s a new buzz in town – literally. Enter Buzz...

Cape Byron Distillery release world-first macadamia cask whisky

S Haslam The parents of Cape Byron Distillery CEO Eddie Brook established the original macadamia farm that you can see from the distillery at St...

Heart and Song Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra with soprano, Gaynor Morgan

Join us for an enchanting afternoon as Byron Music Society proudly presents ‘Heart and Song.’ Prepare to be immersed in a program meticulously crafted by the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra, showcasing a world premiere composition. Well-known soprano, Gaynor Morgan, will be premiering a setting of poems by Seamus Heaney and Robert Graves, skilfully arranged for soprano, harp, cello and string orchestra by prominent Northern Rivers musician Nicholas Routley.