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Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

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Protest gets results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood?

Temporary pods

The very long wait for temporary pods to house those affected by the unprecedented floods has finally been all...

Local libraries get ByteWise about science

A National Science and Technology Centre program, ByteWise is a revolving showcase of 24 interactive exhibitions that will be touring the Northern Rivers for the next three months.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

Forget red meat, red seaweed might be the vital food needed on our plates

Seaweed farming might hold the key to massive improvements in carbon sequestration, biodiversity loss and food security say Queensland researchers.

Ballina hosts Far North Coast swimming carnival

The Ballina RSL Swimming Club combined with Grafton and hosted the Far North Coast Zone Carnival at the Ballina...

Stories about "rates":

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.

Cr Ekins’ urgency motion regarding Lismore’s water meter reading and rates

At Tuesday evening's Lismore Council meeting, Cr Vanessa Ekins asked to move an urgency motion. It was a request for a report coming to the April meeting to outline the general water and sewer rate relief options for flood-affected properties, including any government assistance and implications for council's budget.

IPART decision sees council rates to grow with the population

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal have announced this morning that the amount that councils will be able to increase the revenue they can collect from rates will depend on their level of population growth.

Ballina Council debates waiving Seagulls debt

The matter of over $15,000 owing to Ballina Shire Council by the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League for unpaid rates was discussed at council's last meeting.

Vacant land, not homes, to be auctioned over unpaid rates – Lismore

If you don’t pay your rates to the council then they can sell your property. In August last year Lismore City Council (LCC) announced that 15 properties would be sold at auction to recover unpaid rates, some with overdue rates of up to $42,000.

Any size house on any size lot in Tweed under discussion

The debate on the potential to allow dual occupancies to be built on small rural properties in Tweed Shire rested on the vote of...

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

Dr Firth questions arborists' valuation of a paperbark tree to be removed for Kingscliff development and says the council needs to 'establish a reasonable standard of tree valuation'. 

Remembering the latest victim of domestic violence, killed by a man on bail

I granted bail to men who then killed. I refused bail to several who did not last 24 hours behind bars – shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned in their own vomit.

Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

A much-loved fig tree next to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been saved from destruction – for now – by the quick thinking of a local activist.