Hearing for cops accused of locking child, 8, in paddy wagon

Two police officers are facing Lismore Local Court today.

Despite an 'influx of relatives', a two-day hearing has been set

Shark nets have 'failed', public has been 'misled'

A report into the by-catch of North Coast shark nets has been released today.

Australian Seabird Rescue "disappointed" by first report on by-catch






See turtles up close on rescue centre tour

HERE'S your chance to get up close and personal with birdlife and turtles.

Highway traffic changes that you need to know about

The upgrade map of the Teven to Pimlico section of the Pacific Highway.

Speed limits are being reduced and there are some delays expected

Festival grant to help produce next generation of writers

Program introduced to over 100 Northern Rivers schools

How bushfires were fought before fire brigade

BERNARD O'REILLY: Pioneer, hero and author.

How pioneers saved homes without fire brigade

Thanks 'means the world' to life-savers

IT'S A SHAME: Lifesavers say embarrassment often prevents people from saying thanks when they are rescued.

How often do they get a 'thank you' though?

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Northern Rivers murder mystery takes out award at Flickerfest

FINDING the perfect local cast for the film sealed the idea of shooting in the region.

Join the challenge to Live Life Large this Friday

Deborah and Neil Marks have been inspired by Jodie's Inspiration to Live Life Large.

Business owner's invitation to join her on Jodie's Inspiration hike

Things to do with your kids these school holidays

Founder of byron4kids, Michelle Ruthven, with her children.

One mother made it her task to help families discover what's on

Husband and wife duo flaunt art talent at exhibition

Wood turner and carver, Rowan McFarlane, has a number of pieces on display at a Ballina exhibition.

STOP by during January for locally made woodwork and textiles

LAND VALUES: Figures reveal how much your property is worth

Land values in Ballina have increased over the past 12 months.

Property in one Northern Rivers town has increased by almost 14%

Prawns prices at a stand still for fishers after import ban

Clarence River Fisherman's Coop fishing and marketing manager Garry Anderson says "throught the roof prices for prawns” haven't hit the Clarence yet.

High prawn prices following an imports ban haven't filtered through.

$150,000 in grants to unearth digital talent in regions

Australian Information Industry Association chief Rob Fitzpatrick talking about a $150,000 grants program to unearth innovation from businesses, educators and communities using the National Broadband Network.

Unearthing NBN success stories may result in innovation being shared

Record breaking 50,000 passengers in a month at airport

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport broke their record for the number of passengers in a single month.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport had over 50,000 passengers in a month

$144 for a van site: Tell them they’re dreaming

Relaxing in the Caravan Park at Evans Head are members of the Gold Coast Rockers.

Readers and caravan parks give more realistic price range

Should we be worried about 'For lease' signs in CBD?

Tommys is among the most recent businesses to close its doors in Lismore's CBD.

Tommys Tavern among the latest businesses to close

Cricket's best 10 moments from 2016: Getty Images

Trent Boult of New Zealand takes a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mitch Marsh of Australia during day two of the Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Basin Reserve on February 13, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.
February 13, 2016 Licence. Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

Cricket's best 10 moments from 2016: Getty Images

I Am Summer 2016 Northern Star

A Golden Summer - User Contributed

Some of the entries we have received in our competition "I am Summer".

Meet the Rafiki Mwema founders

The 'Queen's Castle' has been built in Kenya, thanks to the work of Lennox Head woman Sarah Rosborg and her charity Rafiki Mwema.

Come and join Rafiki Mwema at the Beef+Beach Lennox Head for this sit down dinner...

Valley View display home

Richmond Hill Holdings developer Lucas Zorzo and LJ Hooker Lismore sales agent Robert Menin at the display home for a new estate in Richmond Hill.

Six Lismore housing developments have a wide range of lots and building styles for...

Shark with no mate hatches offspring

Leonie, the leopard shark hatch 3 offspring last April.

A Leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has reproduced by asexual production.

Chapel St Drug Deaths

Police suspect a "bad batch" of ecstasy caused 3 deaths.

3 dead and 20 in hospital after taking ecstasy.

Australians in Mexican Shooting

5 dead and 15 injured in nightclub shooting.

Australian tourists have been caught up in a fatal nightclub shooting in Mexico.

Suzuki Ignis micro SUV on sale at just $16990 drive away

LITTLE ZOOK: Bags of personality, custom colour choices, impressive standard kit and quite unique styling, Suzuki's tiny new Ignis SUV is ready to take you to Funky Town.

Unique micro SUV arrives at a super sharp price

Is Australia about to face a garlic bread shortage?

George Weston Foods recalled garlic bread.

Garlic bread was supplied to food outlets and supermarkets

Parents horrified by mould inside Sophie the Giraffe

Dana isn’t the only one who has found Sophie’s secret

Sweet, sour and a little bit tart

Everyone loves having healthy citrus in their garden for cooking and eating.

Give citrus trees TLC and should be rewarded with delicious fruit

"I use the kids as weights": ridiculously fit Simone Gately

Simone Gately may be the fittest mum on the internet

Pope takes a swipe at 'Christian parrots'

Pope Francis lifts the holy Communion as he celebrates a Mass at the St. Mary of Setteville di Guidonia parish church, in the outskirts of Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

“Christian faith is expressed with three things,'' says Pope

50 Shades actress on why she hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

INTERACTIVE MAP: Which Northern Rivers towns boomed in 2016?

BOOM TOWNS: While Ballina properties continued to attract top dollar in 2016, it was areas to the south that experienced price hikes, including Wardell, Evans Head and Woodburn.

Click on our map to find the median sale price in your town

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CASHED UP: The best paying jobs to chase in 2017

The IT sector is showing some big increases in wages.

They're the jobs you need to make a motza

Employment makes strongest monthly gain in a year

Financial Planning - Couple getting consulted

Employment rebounded 39.1k in November

Third time lucky: Ipswich included in $20M jobs package

Boilermaker Jake Schostakowski gets to work at Ipswich business J.A Evans and Co.

Ipswich manufacturing business in hot seat to win 'innovation' grant

JOBS: Adani seeking workers for Bowen office

Adani has advertised jobs for their Bowen office.

Jobs advertised online by mining company

Why no one over 50 can land a job

It's becoming increasingly hard for those over 50 to land a job

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Holden's new Astra sedan to replace Cruze model

ALL CHANGE: Outgoing Cruze model will be replaced by a sedan version of the impressive new Astra hatchback launched late last year.

New sedan launches here in May

Detroit Motor Show 2017 round up

SUV STAR: Audi Q8 is a 330kW plug-in petrol-electric SUV concept looking close to production ready and set to arrive here by 2018.

Detroit delivers dose of delights

All about style at Ballina show and shine

ALL ABOUT STYLE: Damien Veness, from Boat Harbour, with his 1955 DeSoto which he showed at the North Coast Street Machine's Show and Shine in Ballina last Sunday.

Damien Veness was keen to restore a car with style

Holden names the day its final Australian car will be built

GOODBYE, ELIZABETH: Holden confirms it will build its final car in Australia - a Commodore - in October this year at its Elizabeth plant as it makes a final transition to vehicle importer.

Holden Commodore: 26/10/1978 - 20/10/2017

Top tips to help your kids beat the school blues

Experts share advice to help children take their first steps through the school gates.

Psychologists and parents offer advice and share stories in Weekend

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