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Global Ripple Op Shop in Byron destroyed by fire

The much-loved Global Ripple Op Shop in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate has suffered major damage in a fire that also struck Byron Bay taxis and the Suby pop up cafe.

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A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

In early November two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a women activated the Emergency Response Beacon, alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre that the men were drowning. There are three waiting to be deployed in Byron Shire.

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

Fire fighters battled explosions and large blaze in a vehicle scrap yard at Trenayr, north of Grafton on Monday.

BreastScreen van comes to Byron

The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be in Byron Bay from 14 – 21 December at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road. Free mammograms are provided to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 and there’s no referral needed.

Council imposes development restrictions on Linnaeus

The plan to rezone part of Broken Head’s Linnaeus Estate in a bid to prevent further development proposals on the site has taken a step forward, with Byron councillors unanimously supporting the move.

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WIRES and Landcare Australia’s $1million wildlife partnership

There is good news for wildlife as WIRES and Landcare Australia join forces in $1million post-bushfire wildlife habitat regeneration.

Volunteers rescue ‘first puggle of the season’

If you find an injured echidna, please stop to check for a puggle – sometimes it may have rolled away, so look out for something that looks similar to a golf ball.

Corellas mowed down by heartless driver

Late last week WIRES received a call from a distressed resident of East Wardell who had discovered a horrific sight outside her gate. A motorist had sped along this road, directly into a flock of Corellas.

Echidna death toll on the rise

The NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) is currently receiving a large number of calls for echidnas hit and injured by cars

Lismore park may be closed due to flying fox threat

The forecast hot weather has sparked concerns at WIRES Northern Rivers about the health of the flying fox colony in Lismore's Rotary Park.

Baby bird’s life down to the WIRES

A young magpie’s game turned to disaster this week when a discarded piece of plumbing became a death trap.

Did the Easter Bilby come to you? Or was it a pademelon?

The idea of the Easter Bilby is much older than many people think. This Australian alternative to the Easter Bunny was first documented in 1968 when a nine-year-old girl, Rose-Marie Dusting, wrote a story titled Billy The Aussie Easter Bilby.

Have some care for our wildlife

Anthea Packshaw, Mullumbimby. No living creature on our planet should suffer unnecessarily owing to unconscious and uncaring people who hit animals with their cars and...

Rescued glider from Lismore joins Gold Coast breeding program

A distressed glider found entangled on a barbed wire fence in Lismore shire which had severe life-threatening injuries, has surprisngly been accepted into a breeding program on the Gold Coast.

Garden netting a threat to native wildlife

Last week, WIRES rescued an Eastern Brown snake that had been trapped in netting left on the floor of a garden workshop. The rescue has prompted WIRES to remind gardeners to use only wildlife friendly netting.

NSW SES continues its efforts on International Volunteers Day

NSW SES volunteers continue to assist flood impacted communities across inland NSW as extensive flooding moves to downstream locations.

4WD restrictions at South Ballina beach to stay

Moves towards use of a smart phone app to help control 4WD access to South Ballina’s beach have failed in a recent Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Assange sought asylum

The controversy over the actions of Julian Assange seems to miss a crucial point. His motive for seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy was...

Climate change likely to bring more compound disasters

The 2022 floods have caused $5.3billion in damage. Black Summer bushfires caused almost $2.5 billion in damage. Three consecutive La Nina events, or multiple droughts and heatwaves likely to become more common.