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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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A coast in need of management

It appears that the long-suffering management of perhaps the region’s most precious resource and attraction, Byron Shire’s beaches and estuaries, are not a high priority for Sydney-based bureaucrats and the Liberal-Nationals government.

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith...

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.

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

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.

Stories about "Syria":

Editorial: We don’t need a war and we don’t need the oil

So long as we keep burning oil to power our machines, we are at the mercy of rival powers in the Middle East, the richest being the Saudis, led by the murdering Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has a deal with the crooked Prince Trump of America.

Nujeen: one girl’s journey from war-torn Syria in a wheelchair

'The story of Nujeen, amazing young woman and Syrian refugee, reminds the world that refugees, just like others, have aspirations and dreams for peace, education and a better society.'

Drums of war now beating over Syria

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Predictably, responsibility for the appalling chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun is being attributed to the Syrian government even before a full investigation has taken place and now the drums of war are beating.

Children deserve more than a lifetime of war

  Peter Walton, Director International, Australian Red Cross To the Editor Six-year-old Yousra is the same age as the war in Syria. All she has known is...

DJ says drop dubs not bombs

A local DJ has donated his first recording to a good cause in the hopes that music will help and heal people in war torn Syria.

In the battle between baddies and worsies, there’s no clear strategy

It is easy to be cynical about the outcry over the corpse of four-year-old Aylan Kursi, found washed up on a beach just a little over a week ago. He was just one of many victims of the wars in Syria and Iraq, but he was the one that mattered, writes Mungo MacCallum.

A plea to help those facing horror

Peter Walton, head of international programs, Australian Red Cross. Humans have an astounding ability to ignore horror. Particularly when it’s not happening to us. How else can we explain the stunning lack of interest in the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis?

Critical thinking the first casualty of war

'It’s a funny old war, this one -- and the discussion of it is even stranger. As Australia joins the latest Western campaign in Iraq, where’s the debate about what’s supposed to happen?' asks Jeff Sparrow.

Embracing Islamists abroad while fomenting terrorism at home

Well, that didn't take long, did it? In northern Syria, American airstrikes were made against the Khorasan network, apparently a rebranding of what is really a section of al-Qaeda.

Peace protest lights up Byron

Harsha Prabhu Australia’s most easterly spot was the scene of a sunset gathering to celebrate kindness and goodwill towards all, as a way of towards...

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.