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Flood-prone land in Murwillumbah swapped for flood-free land 

It has been five years in the making but the innovative land swap of flood-prone land for flood-free land in Murwillumbah is underway with a second round of ‘expressions of interest’ about to open. 

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Committee to examine teacher shortages

The NSW Upper House’s Education Committee say they have commenced an inquiry into teacher shortages in NSW.

Concerns raised over heritage demolition proposal in Byron

The Byron Bay Historical Society has supported concerns raised by residents around a DA that proposes to demolish a home listed in a heritage area.

World Localisation Day, June 25

Everyone is invited to join in celebrating World Localisation Day (WLD), on Saturday June 25 at The Farm in Byron Bay.

The politics of gentrification and ‘holding the line’

Who are the visionary architects and planners that will protect and enhance this ramshackle surf town’s social fabric and built environment of Byron Bay?

New laws to tackle crime profits and encryption

The premier has announced new police powers and ‘tougher penalties’ for money laundering and unexplained wealth in NSW.

No blame in this game

I do not wish to condemn politicians for the state of corruption in this country. However, I do wish...

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Cycling to break the cycle

Why not turn a fun adventure into a way to raise money for a good cause? That’s the conclusion that Sam Lewis came to when she decided to ride to Uluru to raise money for the SHIFT Project.

Annual SHIFT fundraiser goes from strength to strength

The aim had been to double the fundraising efforts of last year for the local SHIFT Project that supports women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – but organisers were blown away at what they raised.

A little love goes a long way

The SHIFT fundraising sale of preloved and new clothing, to aid homeless women, is taking place this Saturday, 5 September.

Empowering women’s program turns five

What started as an improbable idea of how to break the cycle of homelessness for at risk women, has now blossomed into a proven success with graduates living independently, and flourishing, as valued members of the community.

Tax time can be a chance to support your community and save lives

One way to reduce your taxable income is by making a charitable donation to a charity registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Women’s Day in the Bay

Women’s Day was celebrated across the Shire last Friday, as was the important work that SHIFT does in supporting women into work and education.

SHIFT Project hits capacity, looks to expand with your help

A local not-for-profit that helps women move from homelessness to independence within the community is looking to expand with your help.

Women’s Day Lunch at Beach Byron Bay

Relax, you won’t appear in Woman’s Day, it’s on Women’s Day. On International Women’s Day 8 March, local charity the SHIFT Project, who create...

First Nations place-names under Ballina council spotlight

Greater efforts at reconciliation with First Nations people in the Ballina Shire when it comes to place-names is to happen after furious agreement at June’s council meeting.

Police seeking public assistance following Byron Bay assault

A serious assault in Byron Bay on Friday, 3 June, 2022 has led to police releasing further CCTV footage and another appeal for information from the public. 

Festival/Byron Council relations strained, motion passes

The operations manager of the Byron Music Festival says her attempts to run the event this year were cruelled by Byron Council staff, who allegedly provided organisers with false information and spoke to them like they were ‘idiots’.

Govt considers underwriting small energy retailers after Enova’s collapse

In the wake of the collapse of local green energy retailer, Enova, the NSW government say they are considering underwriting small energy retailers who face unfair market competition from large retailers who also generate electricity.