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The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

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Archibald has knock-on effect in Murwillumbah

The Tweed Regional Gallery is hosting the Archibald Prize and local business people say the event is giving the town of Murwillumbah a significant economic boost.

‘ATO’ scam wants every last dollar in your account

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about a spike in automated scam calls impersonating the ATO and asking people to transfer all their money to another account.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Stories about "shark attack Ballina":

Ballina beaches closed after shark attack at Lighthouse Beach

Surf Life Saving NSW has confirmed reports of a shark attack on a 17-year-old surfer at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, at around 9am this morning...

Ballina will be first to get ‘smart’ drum lines

Ballina will be the first beach in the state to get a new technology, which is used in the shark-infested waters off Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. But the Humane Society International has ‘expressed regret’ at the government's announcement.

Premier promises swifter action on shark deterrents

Ballina beaches have reopened following Tuesday’s attack on WSL surfer Sam Morgan at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach. And the premier has promised quicker action on shark deterrent technology for the region but stopped short of nominating a time-frame.

Bull shark blamed for Ballina attack

Update: A bull shark around three metres is believed responsible for an attack on a 20-year-old man at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina around 6pm yesterday. The man was last night flown to a Gold Coast hospital for surgery on serious wounds to his left thigh.

Ballina MP to sit on state government shark inquiry

Ballina MP Tamara Smith will be a member of a just-announced parliamentary inquiry into the management of sharks in NSW waters.

Government says no to shark cull call

The state government has ruled out culling north coast sharks responsible for recent attacks but it has agreed to a $250,000 package to tackle the problem, Ballina mayor David Wright says.

Ballina beaches reopen

Beaches throughout the Ballina Shire have reopened, after closing over the weekend following shark sightings in the area after a fatal shark attack last week.

Two large sharks sighted off Ballina beaches

Updated 11.45am Beaches will remain closed between South Ballina and Lennox Head until further notice following shark sightings late yesterday (Wednesday February 11).

Renewed calls to stay out of the water after shark attack

Update 3pm: Lifeguards have renewed their plea not to swim at Ballina beaches following Monday’s fatal shark attack, with beaches across the shire declared closed until at least Thursday morning.

Ballina beaches stay closed after fatal shark attack

Updated 5.25pm: Police, SES, Surf Lifesavers and Ballina council officers today conducted a search for six kilometres either side of Shelly Beach but found no further information about yesterday's fatal attack or any further shark sitings.

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...