Is it time to crackdown on illegal camping at Mt Warning?

Our sleeping giant: Mt Warning overlooking the cane fields of the Tweed.

American tourist first hiker to die atop the popular summit

Assault charge dropped in police bashing case

Alleged police bashing victim Corey Barker and his mother Angelique Sines leave the Sydney Downing Centre courts after giving evidence against six officers accused of assaulting him and lying in court.

"You must return a verdict of not guilty," the judge said

Fraud and scams skyrocket in Ballina

ONE example of a scam text received by a Northern Rivers resident.

SCAM WATCH: Ballina residents put on alert for dodgy South Africans






How to beat the bulge this Christmas

'TIS the season for festive food, celebratory bubbles and parties aplenty....and a few extra kilos not on your Christmas wishlist.

KICK THE KILOS: Mackay jumps ahead of Bundy

Who will take out the glory? Just two weeks to go in the ARM Kick the Kilos competition.

MACKAY has finally jumped in front of Bundaberg.

Sorry fellas, female joggers aren't there for you

Women who go running aren't looking for sex with you

Keeping the kilos off for good takes commitment

Losing weight is only part of the challenge

FINAL WEEK: Get fit for summer with Sally

Sally Fitzgibbons has joined us in our quest for a healthier region. Photo: contributed

It's the last week of our getting fit for summer with Sally series

Diet trumps exercise in battle of the bulge

It takes a lot of work to burn off your favourite foods

Get summer fit with Sally Fitzgibbons: Week 11

Sally Fitzgibbons has joined us in our quest for a healthier region.

It's getting hot and by you should almost be summer fit

Christmas lunch welcomes all comers

ANYONE living alone or away from family and friends in Lismore is welcome to attend the annual Christmas lunch at the Winsome and Lismore Soup Kitchen

Break down: Ferry to be closed for hours

The Burns Point Ferry at Ballina all lit up in the late afternoon.

The South Ballina ferry is currently not running

Koala stops traffic while taking an evening stroll

Pippa Vickery took this photo of a koala crossing the main street in Bangalow on December 6, 2016.

Why did the koala cross the road?

Family's supporting busy mum's cafe

Baby Arlo at Zeebra's cafe.

In a corner of a busy cafe in Casino, five-month-old Arlo sleeps

New shark research project announced

Shark behaviour, shark surveillance and SMART drumline technology will be researched on the North Coast.

New, local shark management research announced by DPI

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Five gigs not to miss in the Northern Rivers this week

From Marcia to Dirty Dicks, there is a gig for everyone

Local band returns to deliver the music goods

BAND: Louie Swain, Anatole Serret, Noah Hill, Jules Crommelin and Patrick Hetherington.

Playing a homecoming free gig on Thursday in the area

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

This weekend's markets list

BIG VOICE: Ron the Coffee Man is a popular and regular stallholder at a number of local markets.

Where to get fresh local produce from

Plans for new brewery on the Northern Rivers in 2017

The Northern Rivers' local independent brewery, Stone & Wood, has been approval to kick off building their new site in 2017.

Visitors will be able to take a tour and taste the beers

Organic lovers find new life for Fossil Farm

Volunteers share in a meal from produce harvested at Fossil Farm during its first week under new management.

A Northern Rivers' collective has taken over gardening duties

216 new houses planned for Northern Rivers town

An aerial view of the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.

Bowling green, clubhouse, pool also planned for this development

Dine-in Pizza Huts could return across Australia says CEO

Pizza Hut Restaraunt, Brisbane Road, Gympie. May 30, 2016.

"We believe there's a market for that," he said.

REVEALED: 10 new businesses on the Northern Rivers

Combi Byron Bay manager Stacey Townsend.

Look out for these retail, food, health and homemade goods stores

Sen. Lambie calls Coalition backpacker tax move a "backflip"

Coalition agreed on a rate for the new "backpacker tax"

Lightning hits Lighthouse

BURNT OUT: Damage to parts of the Cape Byron Lighthouse sustained during Monday night's lightning storm.

IMAGES revealing some of the damage to the Australia's most famous lighthouse after...

2016 in pictures: The moments that made history

Turkish Coast Guard personnel help refugees as they swim with buoys, after they toppled over a fishermen dinghy en route to Greece on January 22, 2016 in Didim district of Aydin, Turkey. 4 refugees body including 3 children pulled out of the water as Turkish coast guard personnel rescued 43 others.

Getty images has released its best images from 2016.

Raised Fist perform in Brisbane

Raised Fist perform at Max Watts in Brisbane as part of their From The North Tour. Photo Asagai Images

Raised Fist perform at Max Watts in Brisbane as part of the 'From the North'...

Northern Rivers lightning storm

Lightning from Pat Moreton Lookout, Lennox Head, by Antonio Parancin, North Coast Storm Chasers.

Storm over the Northern Rivers overnight. December 5-6, 2016.

First look at the new Holden Commodore

Holden has released a first look at its new Holden Commodore

Holden has released an ad featuring a first glimpse of the new Holden Commodre

Sia and Keith Urban nominated for Grammys

Adelaide born singer receives 3 nominations.

Australian singers have 3 nominations each.

Coldplay perform in Brisbane

Coldplay in Brisbane.

A sneak peak inside the Coldplay concert in Brisbane.

Don't ignore your body's warning signs

TAKE CARE OF YOU: The earlier you start taking care of yourself, the better.

Ignoring signals from your body is a quick path to a health crisis.

Why Mackay could be vital in black lung research

Section of a coal worker's lung showing black lung disease with progressive massive fibrosis.Contributed

Push for Mackay to lead Australia's research into Black Lung

Teachers warned off of wearing pro-refugee t-shirts

Education Minister has stern warning for teachers getting political

Mary River croc search continues

CROCODILE: This crocodile was caught in the Mary River near Tiaro. Wayne Gosley is the little boy in the picture touching the creature.

The last reported sighting was less than a month ago.

Family's plea to help raise $500 so tot can play in water

Mayana Wyles - Dudman.

Mayana was born with her intestines outside her body

50,000 teachers to strike over salary deal

Parents encouraged to find alternative care for students

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

HBO announces which show will replace Game of Thrones

Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, and Hannah Waddingham in a scene from Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is definitely not coming back next April

Adele's Carpool Karaoke biggest viral hit on YouTube in 2016

The video has already attracted more than 135 million views

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

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Why no one over 50 can land a job

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

Labour market woes continue with slack movement in jobs

The employment market is still a source of disappointment

Old coal conveyor creates jobs at Hay Point

The $31M project will decommission and remove the old 1970 coal conveyor and trestle at the Hay Point Coal Terminal.

Original Hay Point trestle and conveyor to be dismantled

More jobs than workers: Times changing in mining sector

Stanmore Coal's coal handling and processing plant. Photo: Emily Smith

It's hard to believe Mackay's now facing a labour shortage.

200 new jobs on offer as part of Lismore hospital upgrade

Member for Lismore Thomas George; Minister for Skills John Barilaro; Lismore Hospital General Manager Lynne Weir; John Holland Building Manager QLD/NT Colin Matthews.

Hospital improvements also help to skill up the workforce

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2018 Holden Commodore is officially revealed

BREAKING COVER: The next-generation Holden Commodore has been revealed in sleek Liftback form.

First images of new Commodore released by Holden

Touring variant of CX-5 coming in 2017

The next generation Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV will arrive in Australia during the first half of 2017.

There wil be a new mid-spec CX-5 next year.

Ferrari’s ideal family car? Four-seat GTC4 Lusso T arrives

FAST FOR FOUR: Ferrari GTC4Lusso T's 449kW/760Nm twin-turbo V8 slings the family to 100kmh in 3.5 seconds.

$500,000 family Ferrari aimed at cashed-up younger shoppers

61,000 Australian Volkswagens set for dieselgate recall

NAUGHTY DIESELS: With this announcement Volkswagen Group Australia said total government approvals is now 70,000, including the 9,000 Amarok utes recalled earlier this year.

Federal Government approves next stage of voluntary recall

Sporty and hybrid Toyota C-HRs coming in the future?

INTEREST PIQUED: Is there scope for Toyota to offer us a greater range of its forthcoming C-HR small SUVs? A hybird version and more powerful turbo variant would be welcome.

Only one 1.2-litre engine at launch of C-HR baby SUV

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