VIDEO: Snapshot of the Pacific Highway upgrade at Woodburn

“THIS $10 billion project ... is going to change lives, it’s going to save lives,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said.

Fury over new mobile tower: 'It's not going to work'

Work has started on a controversial new mobile phone tower at Bentley.

UPDATE: Telstra says its community consultation was 'rigorous'.

'Well respected' man dies at Ballina tent park

Flat Rock beach, Ballina.

Flowers have been placed at his family's campsite

Angry witness throws coffee at barrister during trial

A Lismore District Court trial descended into chaos this week.

He was fidgety and complained about being questioned before outburst

Foot chase to catch drunk man trespassing at primary school

Two officers get quite the cardio workout chasing drunk man

NSW lightly loosens liquor, lockout laws

Critics say the relaxed lockout laws are still too stringent to promote a thriving night life.

Bottle shops will be allowed to stay open until 11pm

GALLERY: Summer meltdown with wrestling show

Apollo, the heavyweight champion of the International Wrestling Australia (IWA Pro Wrestling) which will bring its Summer Melt Down Tour to Evans Head in January 2017.

ORGANISERS have promised body-slamming, bone-crunching entertainment

Ten fantastic things to do on the Northern Rivers

CIRCUS ARTS: Superheroes and Supervillains will battle at out at the end of year show.

Superheroes, carols, dance parties and golf this week

Free heart tests in Lismore this week

Free heart checks in Lismore this week.

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Australia.

Man refuses to clean up after using asbestos in new driveway

Council investigated after complaints about noise, dust

Lismore artist triples online sales, impresses Google

Artist Penny Evans in her Lismore studio, towards the end of a busy year that has pushed her career into a new era of online achievement.

Google, grants and national awards: it's a big year for Penny Evans

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

Devastating hailstorms cost Mary Valley farmer $500,000

DEVASTATED: Rob Price of Imbil with his damaged avacado trees after golf ball size hail hit last week.

Rob Price and his wife are just two of many who are devastated.

Mine worker questioned over time spent in ute

All hands were on deck fixing a dragline while fitter Brice Little was reclined in his ute listening to the radio- but was he asleep?

Fair Work to decide if BMA mine worker was asleep or bludging

Wagners challenge $235m rail transfer hub InterlinkSQ

The prize is the lucrative inland rail freight business

Media boss says readers will be the winners in News Corp deal

APN Australian Regional Media CEO Neil Monaghan with a copy of the Daily Mercury

The ACCC said it could see no barriers to the deal to go ahead

9 tips to avoid credit card theft online this Christmas

Online shopping is on the rise, but is it good for us?

Aussies plan to do 40% of their Christmas shopping online this year

Businesses challenged to find 100 youth jobs by Christmas

NUMBER ONE: Jhina Sutton has started work at Darryl Evans Real Estate. Mr Evans wants Warwick to find 100 jobs for unemployed youth by Christmas.

This Christmas a Warwick businessman has a challenge for businesses

How Trump's presidential win signals a global change

DONALD Trump's victory is more than just an election of another American president - it is a regime change.

LETTER: Knitting Nannas aim protests at wrong target

The Knitting Nannas at Kevin Hogan's office in Molesworth Street.

Why did this new version of the Knitting Nannas target Kevin Hogan?

"I was spat on, punched on two occasions"

I drove Brisbane City Council buses for 19 years and toward the end of my service, I feared for my safety on night shifts.

My love of the job left me.

OPINION: The canary on the turbine - Part II

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, wind turbines are silhouetted by the setting sun as they produce electricity . (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Green objectives out of reach and physically impossible

OPINION: The real deficit crisis facing Turnbull

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull FILE

Can PM turn his personal credibility deficit around in 2017?

Festival sale will 'ruin' Byron Bay: LETTER

The Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands.

"Byron will be ruined and ratepayers will carry the costs"

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

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital following serious crash

ONE person has been airlifted to Coffs Harbour Hospital after allegedly being struck by a vehicle at Dalmorton.

Drunk woman, 58, flips car then abuses rescuers

A 58-year-old woman has been arrested after she was spotted allegedly driving dangerously while under the influence, which resulted in this crash.

Driver was highly aggressive and abusive to police, nurses

4-month investigation to take down teen 'drug king'

Flynn Brown, 18, is accused of dealing a 'large amount' of drugs in the Byron Bay area.

Teen accused of selling 'large amounts' of drugs in the Byron area

Former Grafton priest jailed for Newcastle child sex

A Coast pensioner has been refused bail after being charged with drug trafficking.

He sexually preyed on children before he left the Grafton Diocese

Aussie Lyme sufferers fear being branded crazy

Borrelia burgdorferi - lyme disease bacteria.

Lyme disease patients stigmatized because of "medical ego”

Bags of drugs found in car alongside three children

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The man had never held a driver's licence

Staff members held-up in club robbery

Two staff members were threatened during the robbery last night.

Investigations are under way after four men robbed a Macksville club

Victorian MPs to vote on assisted dying laws

VICTORIA could become the first state to legalise assisted dying.

War or disaster hits one kid in four

Children attend class at a UNICEF-supported primary school in Muna Garage Internally Displace Person camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. With the assistance of UNICEF and partners, more than 88,000 children have access to safe learning spaces in north-east Nigeria and almost 155,000 children have been reached with learning materials.

Half a billion children's lives are severely affected by conflicts

John Glenn, oldest astronaut in space, dies aged 95

John Glenn, the first US astronaut to orbit Earth and oldest to enter space, has died aged 95.

JOHN Glenn, the first US astronaut to orbit Earth, has died aged 95.

Russia, Syria 'create terrorists'

Young boys known as the "lion cubs” hold rifles and Islamic State group flags as they exercise at a training camp in Tal Afar, near Mosul, northern Iraq, in April last year.

Top British spy says Syria creating a new generation of terrorists

Are meals made from scratch now a thing of the past?

Julie Goodwin with one of her previous cook books.

Cooking skills becoming a relic of the past, survey finds

Kidman cattle empire won by Gina Rinehart, Chinese

Gina Rinehart

Scott Morrison says Australians will hold majority interest

Giraffe necks on chopping block

Giraffe numbers have fallen dramatically since the 1980s.

Farming and hunting have led to a 40% drop in giraffe numbers

REVEALED: Are dog owners being ripped off in Qld?

Revelations dog owners pay 10 times more than they should.

Revelations dog owners pay 10 times more than they should.

What do Trump, Hanson, sharks and halal have in common?

Sharks were a hot topic on Facebook in 2016

Some of the most talked about moments on social media revealed

Cheeky kiwi auctions off her butt to the highest bidder

Could one 20-year-old woman turn a bad habit of mooning into cash?

Quake near Solomon Islands sparks tsunami warning

Tsunami travel time contours in hours, beginning from the earthquake origin time. Photo / Potential Tsunami Warning Center

Experts are currently assessing the severity of the threat

Aleppo: 150,000 'threatened with extinction'

East Aleppo residents flee the violence at a checkpoint manned by pro-government forces in Maysaloun, Aleppo, on December 8 2016 AFP

'We are calling for a halt to the bombing and guarantees of passage'

Why Toowoomba Ghost Chasers page vanished

Toowoomba Ghost Chasers photographed a mysterious red 'figure' spotted at Drayton Cemetery.

The page gained attention worldwide for its ghoulish videos

Jugger: The next epic sport you need in your life

ACTION PACKED: Jugger is not a sport for the faint-hearted.

It is one third quidditch, one third jousting and one third rugby

Let there be light: Power back on at iconic lighthouse

The Byron Bay Lighthouse has been damaged by lightning.

Electrical components inside the lighthouse were damaged severely

Is Banksy in New Zealand taunting John Key?

A curious image of John Key has popped up overnight

Welcome to Airli Beach? E goes missing

The E from the Welcome to Airlie Beach sign was  stolen.

Councillor not happy after theft of letter from sign

PETA calls for kangaroo puncher to be prosecuted

The man and the kangaroo stood toe-to-toe before he threw a right-hand punch. Image: Steven Stubenrauch/Facebook.

Hunting trip had been organised for sick young man

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

The first Baywatch trailer is here, and it's hilarious

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

DWAYNE Johnson and Zac Efron star in TV series reboot.