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Sam Burbury completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University on the Gold Coast, before joining NBN's Lismore newsroom as a reporter in November 2015.

COAST ROAD LIGHTS OPPOSITION MOUNTING

Opposition to the installation of traffic lights along Ballina’s Coast Road at Skennars Head, is steadily mounting. Councillor Jeff Johnson’s now asking his colleagues, to formally endorse council’s current preference for a roundabout, joining the stretch and Headlands Drive. He argues lights would scar the landscape and require ongoing maintenance – views shared by concerned residents. The intersection upgrade is necessary to service residential developments within the Skennars Head village expansion area. Ballina Shire Council will consider the motion, when it meets tomorrow. (VISION ONLY)

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BYRON BAY SURFING FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

The Byron Bay Surfing Festival will make its triumphant return this weekend. Last held in October 2014 – the weekend-long event celebrates the region’s rich surf culture. This year’s packed program includes yoga, fin-making and board-shaping workshops, film screenings and live music… As well as fascinating panel discussions with pro-boardriders, including Dave Rastovich, Otis Carey, and Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart. Festivities commence tomorrow night and run until Sunday. (VISION ONLY)

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BEER FUELS HIGHWAY TRUCK BLAZE

A truck loaded with beer burst into flames on the Pacific Highway near Tintenbar, around 3AM this morning. The inferno destroyed the vehicle and closed both northbound lanes for more than six hours. Thankfully, the driver jumped clear and was uninjured. Traffic was diverted along Hinterland Way, while the wreckage was cleared. Investigators aren’t yet sure what sparked the blaze. (VISION ONLY)

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BYRON SHUT DOWN THISTLES IN FFA OPENER

Four north coast teams are out of the FFA Cup competition without even scoring a goal, following the first weekend of play. Bangalow came out strong to defeat Lennox Head 4-nil, while Alstonville downed Ballina by the same margin. Italo Stars got the points ahead of Tintenbar-East Ballina, and Byron Bay shut down the Lismore Thistles yesterday.

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STRIKE FORCE NABS ALLEGED ICE DEALER

A 42 year old Wardell man has been arrested, as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the supply of the drug ice. Strike Force Cheddar investigators allegedly uncovered 115 grams of the drug, during a search of his car at Woodburn on Friday. He’s been charged with several drug offences and was refused bail.

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