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First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

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Mullumbimby Indian Restaurant

The Mullum Indian Restaurant is situated, conveniently, a short drive from town, at the Mullumbimby Golf Club and...

Discourse

Dear Editor, good on you for your piece reminding us about the importance of public discourse. Like you, I find...

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 2022

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1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

Food for thought?

‘The fundamental cause of the trouble,’ he wrote, ‘is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while...

Stories about "water extraction":

The ‘new gold’-diggers: water ‘miners’, desperate farmers and thirsty councils

As local governments across the Northern Rivers announce increased water restrictions, more regional politicians are backing an end to water extraction for the bottled water industry.

Extract the local member, not the water

Gwyn Hooper, Uki. The recent implosion of the Liberal Party has all but guaranteed a change of government at the next election. This has resulted in...

Pryce should think twice

Trevor White, Uki. I would like to bring your attention to a letter sent to the Tweed Valley Weekly last Thursday (August 16). the letter...

Tweed water-extraction firm’s upgrade bid off to court

Tweed Shire Council will defend a legal challenge to their rejection of a controversial bid by a water-extraction company at rural Bilambil to boost the size of its transport trucks from six to 19 metres and upgrade the road leading to its plant.

Groundswell anger over Tweed Valley’s ‘water mining’

A public meeting at the Uki last night revealed a groundswell of widespread discontent around the Tweed Valley over proposals for large-scale extraction of water from bores for bottling for sale.

Ex minister withdraws Uki water-extraction plan

By Luis Feliu A controversial plan by a former state agriculture minister to extract millions of lires of water a year from a licensed bore...

Ex minister’s water-extraction plan riles Uki locals

A former state agriculture minister's plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from a licensed bore on his Uki property and transporting it to a global soft-drinks giant's bottling plant has raised the ire of locals from around the Tweed Valley village.

1,051 new cases of COVID-19 for Northern Rivers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) saw 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed to 8pm last night (19 January) while there were...

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

Disaster prevention pledge welcomed

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.