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Councils ‘bullied’ with increased NSW govt burdens, say LGNSW

NSW councils have been ‘set up to fail’ with their annual audits ‘because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control’, claims the peak body representing councils, Local Government NSW.

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The last curtain…

By Alan Goldstein  For twenty-one years, on the second Saturday of the month, Federal Films has brought our diverse community...

Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

Dogs – stay out 

Byron’s Main Beach and playground is a no-dog area. About ten signs clearly state this and unless someone is...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Is it better not to report rape?

We failed Brittany Higgins. Our judicial system is so brutalising the only way to keep her safe was to drop the charges against her alleged rapist.

Mullum’s zebra crossing win hard fought by residents

A zebra crossing is being installed at a pedestrian safety blackspot near the centre of Mullumbimby, following a long-running campaign by a group of local residents.

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers. 

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Nimbin boil water alert lifted – remains for rural water supply

The Boil Water Alert for the village of Nimbin has been lifted, effective immediately – but remains in place for rural users. 

Water in Lennox Head to be back on after 1pm today

There has been a break in the water supply in Lennox Head along Ballina Street, Lennox Head between Park Lane and The Lennox Hotel.

Nimbin village on Level 3 water restrictions effective immediately

Owing to the ongoing La Nina weather pattern, Lismore Council has not been able to top up D.E. Williams Dam as the water coming from the weir is high in turbidity and would significantly compromise water quality.

What are you doing on Water Night?

Water Night was a great way to learn how much we all take the important household utility for granted and Tweed Shire residents are being urged to sign on for next Thursday's event and experience first-hand how much they rely on tap water.

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.

Demand management is key to our future water

Rous County Council’s new Demand Management Plan (RDMP) 2023–26 is extraordinary. Parts of it could have been written by WATER Northern Rivers; the lobby group that advocates for genuinely diverse water options and the permanent shelving of the proposed Dunoon Dam.

Droning on about what’s in the Tweed’s water

Drone technology is becoming increasingly relevant in many areas and new underwater drone technology has begun in the Tweed as a way to more easily scan for information about the structure and quality of the water held in the shire's reservoirs.

Tweed Shire’s Clarrie Hall Dam not for flood mitigation

The draft water release policy for Tweed Shire’s Clarrie Hall Dam is currently on exhibition for residents to comment on and Tweed Council are making it clear that the dam is not able to act as part of flood mitigation. 

Releasing the chokehold on Australia’s water

What the trading of 40 gigalitres of water from the Barmah Choke means for the Murray Darling Basin.

What’s happening with Lake Ainsworth?

Residents of Lennox Head and visitors have been commenting on social media and in person about the ongoing flooding of Lake Ainsworth since torrential rain hit the Northern Rivers in March.

Cumbalum shops and affordable homes one step closer – by car

Cumbalum is one step closer towards having some local shops and five new officially affordable homes in perpetuity thanks to council approval of preliminary planning requirements.

Mullum’s zebra crossing win hard fought by residents

A zebra crossing is being installed at a pedestrian safety blackspot near the centre of Mullumbimby, following a long-running campaign by a group of local residents.

The Aboriginal identity explosion

So, who are Aboriginal people, what is the three-pronged definition and perhaps more importantly, who decides? 

NSW Labor candidate announced for Ballina

Andrew Broadley has been named the NSW Labor candidate for Ballina for the March 2023 election.