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Ballina takes lead with anti-DV rally

More than five hundred people have rallied on the Northern Rivers along with thousands across the country calling for an end to domestic and family violence.

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3G networks phased out next week

The peak lobby group representing Australia's telecommunication industry announced last week it will phase out 3G networks in the region on 15 December.

Koalas losers in legal fight; their forests to be denuded

Since July, legal action has stopped the Forestry Corporation logging nationally important koala habitat in Braemar and Myrtle State Forests, south of Casino. However, logging can now resume despite evidence of significant impacts on koalas. 

Ballina rally against domestic violence this Friday

Police and Rotarians are inviting people on the Northern Rivers to wear purple and join them in speaking out against domestic violence this Friday in Ballina.

Does Tweed’s time capsule have a message for you?

Former members of the discontinued Murwillumbah branch of community service organisation Apex Australia alongside the Tweed Shire Council came to the tough decision to open the three 50-year-old time capsules in a controlled environment due to public health concerns.

Marisa takes on 621km Melanoma Walk

Margaret Pierce Ballina’s Marisa Worling is about to undertake a marathon walk from Merimbula on the south-east coast to Port...

NSW Planning Panel unanimously rejects controversial development on Ballina floodplain

Yesterday the NSW Planning Panel unanimously rejected Gemlife’s proposal for a major 'seniors living' development on a flood prone site on Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina.

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Emergency response plans for the vulnerable

It has been a challenging five years for most people in the Northern Rivers, from drought to the Black Summer fires of 2019/20 followed by the pandemic and then the 2022 floods.

Tyagarah fire op downscaled as local crews join Tabulam fight

Firefighting operations in the Tyagarah nature reserve near the Byron Arts and Industry Estate have significantly down-sized, owing mostly to more dangerous fires elsewhere in the region.

Properties destroyed in Northern Rivers fires

Firefighters in Tabulam and Nymboida, southwest of Lismore, are hoping today’s cooler weather will help work on containing several large fires in the region.

Tyagarah bushfire cause under investigation

Fire-fighting crews are to continue monitoring and mitigating the bushfire at Tyagarah today while an investigation into its cause continues.

Chopper inspections to help reduce fire hazards

With the bushfire season well under way and dozens of fires being fought across the state, it's timely that fire trails are being checked for hazards – the view from the sky is the best way to do it.

NSW bush fire danger period begins today

As the weather becomes noticeably warmer, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) are reminding residents that thirty-two local government areas (LGAs) will commence their Bush Fire Danger Period today as hot, dry conditions increase the fire risk.

A busy end to NSW’s the Bush Fire Season

Yesterday was the official end of the 2022-2023 Bush Fire Season for New South Wales after the Bush Fire Danger Period was extended several weeks.

Fortem launches in Ballina for first responders

A service which provides mental health and other support for emergency first responders and their families was launched at SES headquarters in Ballina this week.

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Biodiversity concerns ‘noted’ in favour of new Lennox Head RFS and preschool

Ballina shire councillors voted unanimously at a meeting last week to support a consultancy’s findings regarding suitability of land on Lennox Head for a new RFS station and preschool.

Council looks to repair Mullum’s old Scout Hall

The Byron Shire Council is looking to retain a community asset, Mullumbimby's old Scout Hall, after being flood-damaged and in need of repairs.

3G networks phased out next week

The peak lobby group representing Australia's telecommunication industry announced last week it will phase out 3G networks in the region on 15 December.

Overseas nurses move to Northern Rivers to fill healthcare shortage

Sixty registered nurses from the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland are to join the Northern New South Wales Local Health District (NNSWLHD) before the start of next year’s clinical year. 

Labor’s hypocrisy on climate undimmed

Last week the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, delivered the Albanese Government's second annual Climate Change Statement, claiming major progress in emissions reduction while the numbers continue to scream that the opposite is true.