Who are the Dolphin Award winners 2016?

BEST ALBUM: Weaves by Northern Rivers musician and SCU lecturer Leigh Carriage.

For great talent look no further than local stages

Firies to fight 500-hectare bushfire with fire

Aerial shots of the bushfire south of Evans Head.

Helicopter was called as blaze threatened to break containment lines

50,000 teachers to strike over salary deal

Parents encouraged to find alternative care for students






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

Family's supporting busy mum's cafe

IN A CORNER of a busy cafe in Casino, five-month-old Arlo sleeps in his baby chair while his "Poppy” sits beside him and sips his ginger beer.

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

The personal tragedy behind road crash statistics

RAISING AWARENESS: The memorial along Broken Head Road near Suffolk Park for four boys killed in a car crash in 2006.

Heart-wrenching personal stories of road tragedies shared

MT WARNING: Rescues show just how dangerous it can be

Therese Krix of Bray Park captured this picture of a misty Mt Warning.

Emergency services executed 14 rescue missions in six years

REVEALED: The best Christmas tree in the Northern Rivers

Kyogle's Christmas tree 2016.

Northern Rivers residents have spoken

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Local band returns to deliver the music goods

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

Not ten, but fifteen awesome things to do this week

ANNIVERSARY: Charity day party Nudge Nudge Wink Wink has raised almost $20,000 for local organisations in its first year of events.

This busy week we have pretty much every possible event you may want

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.

Evans Head bombing range fire

The fire continued to burn through out the afternoon on Sunday. It had started from a lightning strike on Saturday night.

A fire is currently burning at the bombing range at South Evans Head.

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.

Funky, flavoursome vegan food

Think vegan is boring? Think again.

New gallery connects humanity and nature

One of Craig Parry's amazing images to be shown at the gallery.

Well known photographer to display one metre images

Why you should adopt a pet and not buy one this Christmas

Sunshine Coast animal refuge are doing adoption drive for dogs. Penny Brischke with (right) Malty, 6, and Matty, 7.

Plenty of dogs and cats looking for forever homes

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.

Design your own dream theme park

If you're looking to relive the glory days of Rollercoaster Tycoon, this is your best bet.

Ever fantasised about building your own dream park?

Some common garden myths

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Not all old wives' tales about the garden are wise.

Sorting truth from fiction

Rogue One keeps Star Wars excitement alive

Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

GEORGE Lucas spin-off to hold fans over until Episode VIII.

OPINION: Local gems keep the Dolphins alive

Lismore band Dominiques performing at the 25th NCEIA Dolphin Awards 2016 in Ballina.

Music awards celebrated 25 years

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

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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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

Facelifted Holden Barina arrives from $14,990

2017 HOLDEN BARINA: More grown-up styling, Apple CarPlay and rear camera now standard across the range with prices starting from under $15k before on-roads.

Fresh styling and added kit for 2017 Barinas

Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabrio road test and review

GOING TOPLESS: Experiencing the $100,000 Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabrio with a heat-filled and quiet cabin good enough to enjoy in year-round temperatures.

Dropping the lid on Mercedes-Benz's superb C-Class

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