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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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‘Mandatory’ pesticide spraying deferred at Bruns pod village

Flood-affected residents have had a last-minute reprieve by the NSW Reconstruction Authority, who had planned to spray controversial pesticides at the Bruns pod village.

Australian cycling legend’s legacy for Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital

The family of Australian cycling champion Sir Hubert Opperman has left a significant donation in his name to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital to help it continue providing lifesaving veterinary care for Australian wildlife.

Naked rally in Byron as gov’t agency calls time on ‘nude’ beach

Around 150 people rallied in support of a clothing-optional section of beach in the Byron Shire on Sunday, many of them nude.

Matcha Byron

The cornerstone of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha is enjoying a burst of popularity for its health benefits. It’s finely ground green tea – its vibrant colour is due to the leaves’ high chlorophyll levels, and it’s supercharged with antioxidants.

Wallum: councillors failed to listen to the community

Thank you, Councillors Lyon, Pugh and Coorey for explaining what went wrong with the Wallum development application (DA) process on Facebook. The community f*cked up because they failed to object?

Conciliation fails over 742-lot DA on North Lismore Plateau

Tuesday’s Land and Environment Court conciliation meeting on the 742-residential-lot subdivision on Sleeping Lizard – Banyam Biagham (the North Lismore Plateau) ‘was terminated’. 

Stories about "water":

Is our drinking water supply threatened by Dunoon Dam?

Most people don’t know that the proposal for Dunoon Dam has never been part of Rous County Council’s 40-year, adopted, strategic plan to increase water supply, resilience and security, known as Future Water Plan 2060.

Should we be drinking water from the tap?

Hot or cold – can you drink water out of the tap on a hot sunny day? People get confused about drinking warm water from the tap on hot days.

Maca farmers and other growers face water sharing compliance checks

Federal authorities say they’ll be carrying out on-site inspections of properties with irrigated agriculture around Ballina, Casino, and Lismore this week to ensure compliance with water sharing rules.

Will the Dunoon Dam go ahead?    

We have not heard much about the Dunoon Dam lately and many people are asking ‘What is happening with that dam?’

A dry summer to come – mind your water supply

Prior to the rain there were many people who had already had to start buying in water as their tanks and alternative water sources ran dry.

Water restrictions before Christmas likely

Much of the Northern Rivers could be on water restrictions by Christmas unless there is significant rain.

Byron needs more independence from Rous not less

WATER Northern Rivers believes that water security for Byron lies in becoming more independent from Rous County Council, not less so.

Mullum’s future water supply: Wilsons Creek or Rous?

Since the 1940s Mullumbimby’s water supply has come from a concrete weir on Wilsons Creek, at Lavertys Gap, piped by gravity through a treatment plant perched beside Wilsons Creek Road, to two concrete balancing reservoirs above the old Mullumbimby hospital on Azalea Street.

Expect saltwater on Ballina roads during king tides

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads. 

Boaters: stay off the water today

With the Bureau of Meteorology issuing wind and hazardous surf warnings for much of the NSW coast today, boaters are asked to play it safe and stay off the water as low pressure system deepens.

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.