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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Community land trust

Shane Sylvanspring, Mullumbimby I want to congratulate and applaud Cr Paul Spooner, Mayor Simon Richardson, and planning staff for supporting and...

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Stories about "sculpture":

Eighteen years of adventure for SWELL

Held annually on Currumbin Beach, the SWELL Sculpture Festival is in its 18th year and will go ahead again for 2020.

Sculpture bird art adorns Council foyer

Art can be divisive and cyberstalking can be invasive, says local art curator Dev Lengjel.

Celebrating the success of the Ingenuity Sculpture Festival

The 2019 Ingenuity Sculpture Festival affirmed the myriad of artistic talent in Mullumbimby and beyond.

Sculpture festival and Solar Ark successfully launched in Mullum

The second annual Ingenuity Sculpture Festival opened in Mullumbimby’s Palm Park last night with a great turn out of artists and locals and the launch of the community Solar Ark.

The Eiffel Tower, Blue Poles and Byron’s other Lighthouse

Oliver Dunn It’s saddening to once again watch Byron Bay show its dark side in rejecting the Bayshore Drive roundabout sculpture. Our town appears to be...

Public kept in the dark over ‘Disco Dong’

Byron Council has refused to release a structural investigation report detailing serious safety issues affecting the ‘Disco Dong’ sculpture on the Bayshore Drive roundabout.

Council’s cultural and arts policy delayed

Hans Lovejoy Despite public outrage over Council’s $50,000 ‘Disco Dong’, an overhaul of Council’s cultural and arts policy was pushed back at last week’s Council...

Art panel: lighthouse sculpture artist should be given chance to finish the job

Byron Council’s public art panel has recommended that the artist behind the much-discussed lighthouse sculpture on the Bayshore Drive roundabout be allowed to ‘finish the job’, at an estimated cost of up to $45,000.

Who made the erection selection?

W Crompton, Mullumbimby. Could you please print the names of the committee that approved the latest art work that’s annoying everyone. Who are they, who elected...

A corporate folly

Prompted by Hans Lovejoy’s excellent editorial last week, where he asks 'Who runs council? I am prompted to respond. Could it be the corporations that have invested in Byron?

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.