CONCERNS TURTLE DEATHS LINKED TO SHARK NETS

Australian Seabird Rescue is concerned about a possible link between dead loggerhead turtles on Ballina beaches and the recent installation of shark nets. The loggerheads were found within two days of each other, on Ballina ...
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THERE’S HOPE FOR NATURAL HISTORY DOCOS

A young Knockrow film-maker is well on her way to becoming the next David Attenborough. 23-year-old Marli Lopez-Hope has received a swag of awards for her natural history documentary on Victoria's Toolangi State Forest ...
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BY-CATCH REPORT SHOWS SHARK NET TRIAL ‘FAILED’

Opponents of shark nets say the DPI's first by-catch report shows the trial has failed. It's revealed almost a third of marine life caught in the nets, died ...
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NEW $25 MILLION LISMORE SEWAGE PLANT UNDERWAY

Construction has begun on the new $25 million South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant. The deputy mayor turned the first sod on the site today, marking the start of the 14-month project. "I've been in council ...
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ALLEGED ANIMAL ATTACKERS TO REMAIN BEHIND BARS

Two men charged with bestiality will remain behind bars for at least another month. Bradley Presbury and Reece Parke are accused of torturing farm animals at a property near Nimbin in December. Prosecutors told Lismore ...
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S.C.U STUDENT RECEIVES INDIGENOUS LAW AWARD

A Southern Cross University student's been named Australia's indigenous law student of the year. Despite caring for seven children, single mum Johanna Byrne completed her degree in record time - amazing academics. "Johanna's more than ...
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MURDER CASE AWAITS POST-MORTEM

The case of a father, accused of murdering his 29-year-old son at a North Lismore home in November, has returned to court. 61 year old Christoper Gibson didn't appear when the matter was briefly mentioned ...
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INDIGENOUS STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PURSUE HEALTH CAREERS

Indigenous high-school students will be encouraged to consider careers in medicine, when school resumes. The University Centre for Rural Health wants more to take up the profession, saying it's critical to closing the gap ...
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SHOW ‘N’ SHINE ATTRACTS STRONG CROWD

Automotive enthusiasts of all ages, have spent the day carefully studying the region's finest four-wheeled creations. Around 200 meticulously maintained vintage, muscle and high-performance vehicles were exhibited in Ballina, as part of the Show 'n' ...
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REFUGEES ANSWER TO AGRICULTURE STAFFING?

Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, thinks refugees could address the agriculture sector's seasonal staffing woes. He says more should be offered work on local farms, following a successful trial in the state's west ...
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DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDWAY CRASH

A driver has escaped largely unscathed, despite rolling several times during a serious crash at Lismore Speedway last night. Mitchell Randall ended up on his roof, when his vehicle was clipped by a wayward Natasha ...
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DUO ARRESTED FOLLOWING FIERY PURSUIT

A male driver and his female passenger are in custody tonight, following an alleged police pursuit on the Pacific Highway, just before 2 this afternoon. Witnesses say police used road spikes to stop the vehicle, ...
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BYRON ANTIQUES FAIR PUTS ON A GOOD DISPLAY

Thousands of ornate items are on display for the mega Byron Bay Antiques Fair. Collectables include crystal glasses, silverware, hand-crafted toys and jewellery, as well as antique typewriters, cameras and telephones. Now in its second ...
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HIDDEN DANGERS OF QUARRIES AND WATER HOLES

As the heatwave reached its highest point today, many took to the region's water holes to cool off. Some, ignoring the dangers of abandoned quarries and waterfalls ...
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GROWERS GET READY FOR GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST

Giant Atlantic pumpkin growers are getting ready to haul their monster fruits to the North Lismore showground next Saturday, for the annual Summerland Giant Pumpkin Competition. One entry is already on display at Farmer Charlie's ...
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LISMORE COUNCIL OFFERS $20,000 HOUSING GRANTS

Lismore City Council is offering $20,000 affordable housing grants for families and individuals looking to buy new land lots. The scheme is part of the Federal Government's Building Better Regional Cities program, designed to help ...
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BALLINA ANGEL FLIGHT PILOT CLOCKS UP 204 MISSIONS

A Ballina pilot has clocked up more than 200 volunteer missions with Angel Flight Australia. For more than a decade, Jeffrey Hutchinson has flown rural patients to specialist medical appointments ...
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TWO ARRESTED OVER BYRON THEFTS AND FRAUD

Two people have been charged following a spate of thefts on Main Beach at Byron Bay. At least seven people reported having property stolen, including credit cards, mobile phones and electronics between January 2 and ...
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HEATWAVE PROMPTS BEACH SAFETY CALL

As the north coast braces for another heatwave, lifeguards are urging people to take care at the beach. The plea follows a busy start to the season, which saw five water-related deaths between Wooli and ...
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BALLINA COUNCIL PREPARES FOR BUSY YEAR

Ballina Shire Council is preparing for another busy year. Its priorities include major infrastructure upgrades and environmental initiatives - many of which may be funded by a rate rise ...
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MAN CHARGED AFTER BALLINA GLASSING ATTACK

A 22-year-old man has been charged after allegedly glassing another patron at a Ballina hotel last night. Police believe he was involved in an argument with a 48-year-old man just before 10pm, before he hit ...
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ILUKA FIGHTS FOR AMBULANCE STATION

An Iluka man's medical emergency has fuelled a campaign to get the town its own ambulance station. John and Ann McLean say slow response times are leaving residents of the isolated village vulnerable ...
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SUMMIT TO TACKLE BYRON’S LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Byron Shire Council will attempt to tackle the region's high house prices at a summit next month. The summit was set up in response to research showing a lack of affordable housing, despite increasing demand ...
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AINSWORTH PARKING ANGERS LOCALS

A Ballina councillor is calling for tighter control over parking around Lennox Head's Lake Ainsworth precinct. Jeff Johnson says long-term visitors aren't leaving room for locals - a claim tourism operators dispute ...
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GREAT EASTERN FLYIN WRAPS UP

The skies over Evans Head were again abuzz with aircraft today, as the Great Eastern Flyin wrapped up. Aviation enthusiasts were wowed by aerial acrobatics ...
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COUNCIL, ARMY, COMBINE TO TACKLE WOODEN BRIDGES

Kyogle Council and the Australian Army have joined forces, to combat the town's wooden bridge problem. Royal Australian Regiment troops have spent the last three weeks working with council staff, to repair several load-bearing timber ...
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NIMBIN TRIO CHARGED WITH DRUG SUPPLY

Two men and a teenage boy have been charged with drug supply offences, following a foot pursuit at Nimbin. Police spotted the masked trio in Rainbow Lane - a subsequent search allegedly revealing cannabis and ...
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DRIVER KILLED IN CRASH ON THE FAR NORTH COAST

A 65-year-old man has died after the vehicle he was travelling in hit a tree near Grafton this morning. Emergency services were called to Wooli Road in Pillar Valley around 8am, following reports a car ...
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DRUGS AND CASH SEIZED ON FAR NORTH COAST

Three people including a teenage boy will face court after police seized cash and drugs from the group on the far north coast. Around 10:30pm last night, police were patrolling near in Rainbow Lane, Nimbin, ...
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ICONIC WARBIRDS WOW CROWDS AT GREAT EASTERN FLY-IN

Vintage and military aircraft have put on a fantastic display for this year's Great Eastern Fly-In. The event harks back to the days when the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome was Australia's largest R-double-A-F training base ...
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