Local News

Shark net removal

The NSW Government will hold a community survey beginning next week to gather feedback on the second shark net trial. Shark nets will be removed today from 5 North Coast beaches, marking an early end to the second trial which began in November last year. The NSW Government says an early start to the whale migration season meant it was too high a risk to keep the nets in the water. Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin says an online and phone survey will commence next Wednesday and a drop-in stand will operate at Lighthouse Beach on May 12th.

Greens announce Page candidate

The Greens announced their Federal candidate for the seat of Page this morning in Lismore. Daniel Reid is a Politics and Governance student at Southern Cross University and says he is a strong supporter of grassroots democracy. Mr Reid says he is passionate about renewable energy and accountability of politicians in regards to political donations, as well as other issues.

Ashes at Byron cemetery removed from damaged wall

Byron shire council is reassuring locals that ashes and plaques affected by a recent accident at the cemetery are now in a safe secure place. Last Friday a vehicle hit one of the Columbarium walls which is a repository for ashes. When staff noticed that five sets of ashes were not secure they were respectfully moved. Director of Infrastructure services Phil Holloway says council will be repairing the wall as quickly as possible so the ashes can be returned to their original places.

Toilet facility for Killen Falls

A plan of management for Killen Falls has been finalised at a recent Ballina council meeting.
There have been problems with the influx of tourists and locals to the natural attraction, however there were no facilities.
General Manager Ballina Council Paul Hickey says the design has been finalised and work is to proceed.