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West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to...

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Plastic recycling to be turbocharged in NSW

The NSW Government says more plastic will be recycled and turned into new products across the state, thanks to $9 million in funding to support businesses transform their operations and access the latest plastic recycling technology.

Surf life savers return

The red and yellow is back on NSW beaches with more than 20,000 surf life saving volunteers ready to welcome beachgoers for the official beginning of patrol season.

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.

Double demerit warning from police

Police are encouraging road users to take care while travelling on NSW roads, ahead of the National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II and the start of the September school holidays.

Drop-in info sessions tomorrow re Ballina temporary housing

Anyone with questions about the second state government temporary housing village for flood and landslide survivors in the Ballina Shire can attend a drop-in information session on Wednesday.

Indigenous league carnival at the Cavanbah Centre

Local teams blitzed the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Spring Australian Open held at the Cavanbah Centre over the weekend. The...

Stories about "sniffer dogs":

Naked and told to squat in a corner: a 16-yr-old’s Splendour experience

Sixteen years old, lining up to get into a music festival, separated from friends, taken into a tent and forced to strip.

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Sniffing out the bigger story on drug prohibition

Last week at about 2.30 in the afternoon I was meeting someone at a pub when two sketchy-looking dudes came into the front bar...

Greens lead push to end sniffer dogs searches

The NSW Greens are leading a push to end the use of drug detection dogs without a warrant on public transport, at festivals, bars and in Kings Cross in Sydney.

Lawyer says police tactics have gone to the dogs

Police are targeting drug driving in a statewide blitz amid claims that motorists are being wrongly targeted because of “imprecise legislation”. They are also continuing to use sniffer dogs in Nimbin and other centres despite studies showing the success rate of detecting drugs is very low.

Drug-dog warrants rely on suspicions

The never-ending war against inanimate objects – in this case drugs – was highlighted recently with police dog operations targeting children as they entered both Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby high schools.

Parents angered at sniffer-dog use in Murwillumbah

Parents in Murwillumbah are outraged after another police sniffer-dog operation targeted school students on their way to school this morning.

Sniffer dogs outside schools a real worry

Kol Dimond, Mullumbimby. For progressive thinkers and advocates of civil liberties alike. the sight of random police and sniffer dog activities at our local high school should send shock waves around the shire.

Anger at police using dogs to target students

The use of police sniffer dogs to target high school students in Byron and Tweed shires has prompted an angry response from local politicians and parents.

Sniffer dogs on the prowl in Byron Shire

Police are this morning conducting sniffer dog operations in Mullumbimby and are expected in Byron Bay this afternoon.

Odd row of lights

Just following up the letter from Sarah Smith in the August 31 issue. It was a Starlink satellite train. My webcam captured the scene. Michael...

Trampling of the graves of the murdered: reply to Will Liley

As I read Will Liley’s response to my article in dedication to my late uncle, I recalled the poem in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Clandestine in Chile:

Murwillumbah mega-school merger public meeting on Monday

Opposition to the merger of the four Murwillumbah Schools, which includes two primary and two high schools, remains strong. Monday will see Leader of the NSW opposition MP Chris Minns and local MP Janelle Saffin joining concerned parents, students and community members at a town hall meeting in Murwillumbah on Monday at 5.30pm.

Byron Council looking at rain damage

Byron Shire Council says they have staff out and about across the Shire today assessing damage from the rain.