Barrier is 'wrong technology on wrong beach', say surfers

The man behind the eco shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach in Ballina has dismissed surfers' safety concerns but acknowledges it is still a trial.

11 (very different) opinions on the Nimbin ‘gangster’ raids

Police undertook a drug raid on the streets of Nimbin yesterday morning.

"If people want to smoke a plant, let them smoke a plant"

Chappy, the wild man with a big heart

REMEMBERED: Pictures from the life of Robin "Chappy" Chapman whose life will be remembered this Friday at a ceremony at 1pm at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre.

Memorial and wake for much-loved Lennox local on Friday.

Baseball project to inject $9 million into Lismore each year

Manager of International Baseball Operations Gio Hernandez, Lismore City Council's general manager Gary Murphy, director of International Baseball Operations Chris Haydock, Lismore MP Thomas George, and chief operating officer of Baseball Australia Justin Drew.

UPDATE: National and international teams would train and play here

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Person taken to hospital after highway crash

A crash at the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and Ballina Road involving a number of cars.

Traffic affected on highway near Alstonville

‘Maniacs’ are making people leave Lismore

Darren Bell, owner of Play Quest, in his kitchen where a violent intruder caused havoc.

"The CBD is now a place that people don’t feel safe"

19 call-outs after spate of grass fires in Ballina

YET AGAIN: Ballina firies attend a grass fire at Kingsford Smith Park, the second today and one of 19 in the past 12 months.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate

Fires have been at same place - a garden established by local woman

NSW Regional Arts Fund applications open

LOCAL: Arts Northern Rivers 2016 RAF Project, If These Halls Could Talk, featured Beryl from Roundabout Theatre’s The Cupcakes.

Are you preparing an artistic project for 2017?

New bakery planned for Goonellabah industrial area

Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread

Proposed commercial bakery would create jobs in Goonellabah.

Labor promises fibre optic NBN rollout to the premises

50,000 homes in Page to be linked to NBN under Labor government

Fibre-to-the-premises under a Labor government

Acclaimed indigenous films on Byron’s big screen

Stills from the acclaimed feature ‘SPEAR’ directed by Bangarra Dance Theatre’s artistic director and choreographer Stephen Page and produced by John Harvey

See what's on for this year's Arakwal NAIDOC week screening

A CSG explainer for confused voters

Sandwich boards outside Prepoll are confusing voters. Greens candidate Kudra Falla-Ricketts and Greens  Jeremy Buckingham, in the middle of it all.

What is the Water Trigger and what have local pollies done?

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LETTER: Are we in danger of losing our sense of humour?

Now the dust has settled on the Eddie McGuire Caroline Wilson affair I would just like to ask a question.

LETTER: Challenge set for Turnbull and Shorten

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media after touring the Josef Chromy winery in the seat of Bass in Launceston, Friday, May 20, 2016. Mr Turnbull is in Tasmania to talk about the government's free trade agreements with Asia. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

We should have the same plan for health across Australia

Dairy farmer says ‘He gets us’ of Barnaby Joyce

IN TOWN: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce during his visit to Gympie this week.

Llew O'Brien's campaign director praises Barnbaby Joyce visit

LETTER: Desperate hope to find little brother

PAIN: A letter writer hopes to re-connect with her lost brother.

Every day I am consumed by what I could have done differently

Google and Twitter battle for election sausage supremacy

STRANGE POLITICS with Chris Calcino

The real battle on election day will be all about sausage sizzles

Treasurer eases his new super rules

Noel Whittaker, Director of Whittaker Macnaught Pty Ltd

The government's super changes explained.

VIDEO: Exclusive interview with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce

BARNABY Joyce visits Grafton to amplify message of people making their vote count in the bellwether seat of Page.

Joyce slams Grafton Hospital cuts claim: ‘It’s BS’

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce reacts as he visits Macadamia Processing Cooperative with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull near Ballina in the seat of Page, Friday, June 17, 2016. Jobs will again be the focus as Malcolm Turnbull heads to the NSW north coast, but this time with a $25 million pledge. The coalition hopes the $25 million investment will give businesses incentives to invest and help boost employment in the region. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Deputy PM's frustration at wild campaign assertions

Lotto booty remains unclaimed

No winner has come forward to claim the $1 million

Search on for millionaire.

Do you wish these political parties existed?

Eight parties that could potentially win if they were to run

Snow hits the Tenterfield area overnight

Snow at Mt Mackenzie.

Snow has been spotted and filmed falling in Tenterfield

Ice addict refused bail for assault

Grafton Courthouse Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Charge matters had "all the hallmarks of an ice-related incident"

CSG protest blueprint employed against megaport plan

CHILLED OUT: Greens candidate for the seat of Page Kudra Falla-Ricketts at her party's booth at Yamba Markets on Sunday.

Greens say Yamba megaport plan must be nipped in the bud.

Research shows why Aussies love their country


Australia is officially one of the best places in the world

FIRE TRAGEDY: Funds for Alexis' family at $11,500 and rising

Alexis Dean passed away in hospital in the early hours of this morning.

12-year-old Gympie girl passed away this morning

Man hands himself into police after Macca's assault

Bundaberg Police Station Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail

Macca's security guard punched in carpark

Senator launches expletive laden attack on Greens

Senator David Leyonhjelm speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, July 10, 2014. The carbon tax repeal Bill was today voted down in the Senate.

What David Leyonhjelm just said publicly is simply extreme

Health worker banned over oral sex during examination

Health worker banned for performing oral sex on patient

George Christensen shrugs off "fat joke"

The Labor Party video plays on the premise of Federal candidate George Christensen being "full of hot air".Photo: Contributed.

Frank Gilbert said the video was not a personal attack

Australia 'world beater' in social progress

Australia ranks fourth in global social progress rankings

Car set on fire outside Perth mosque

A car was burnt and anti-Islamic graffiti sprayed on a fence outside a Perth mosque on Tuesday night.

Car set on fire outside south Perth mosque

Someone has won $1 million, but no-one has claimed it

A man is $100,000 richer after buying a winning Lucky Lotteries ticket at Mullumbimby.

Could you be the region's newest millionaire?

Corbyn refuses to resign in wake of Brexit

Tower Bridge, London.

His party isn't backing him but Corbyn isn't budging

ISIS blamed for Turkish airport attack

Turkish rescue services gather outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Two explosions have rocked Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing several people and wounding others, Turkey's justice minister and another official said Tuesday. A Turkish official says two attackers have blown themselves up at the airport after police fired at them

The death toll is expected to rise

PHOTOS: World shocked as Turkish airport attacked

Turkish rescue services gather outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Two explosions have rocked Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing several people and wounding others, Turkey's justice minister and another official said Tuesday. A Turkish official says two attackers have blown themselves up at the airport after police fired at them

28 people have been killed after terrorists attacked the airport

UPDATE: Car v house a lucky escape in more ways than one

QFAS, the QPS and QAS respond to an accident where a learner driver is believed to have reversed into a neighbours home at around 2.45pm on Tuesday June 28, 2016.

Lucky escape for a learner driver in Gympie

French yacht thief escapes charge, taxpayers foot $15k bill

 And the taxpayer is footing the $15,000 bill for removing the vessel from the beach after it began breaking up in king tides early in May.

Police say the case of a $200,000 yacht theft is not on their books.

WATCH: How a texan llama uses a leaf blower to stay cool

A Texan zoo has found a creative way to keep a llama cool

Star-struck Gladstone man seeks selfie with Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hansen in Gladstone June 24, 2016. Pauline and Fraser Anning.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

FLYNN voter visits his favourite pollie.

Because New Zealand’s big things look like erm.....

We've compared Australia's big things with NZ's

MOVIE REVIEW: Central Intelligence delivers laughs

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in a scene from the movie Central Intelligence.

YOU can't stop The Rock. Action star proves he can do comedy.

The Hard Word: Elm Street release new album

Elm Street release new music. Photo Contributed

For fans of Manowar and Kiss

The Hard Word: New label launched in Los Angeles

A new record label is on the scene. Photo Contributed

Attila, and We Came as Romans sign to new label

The Hard Word: Nails Album review

Nails are about to release a third album.  Photo Contributed

The sardonic and disdainful tone runs right through the album

SPOLIER: What Heston will have them making on Masterchef

Heston Blumenthal is a guest judge on the MasterChef panel this week.

This one may just be the trickiest cook of yet

Luke and Cody are through to the House Rules grand final

DALBY BOYS: Luke and Cody Cook are up against Claire and Hagan in the House Rules grand final.

DALBY twins are one step closer to having Luke's mortgage paid off.

820 LNG workers set to re-enter Gladstone job market

Onsite at Australia Pacific LNG. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

"I’m trying to stay because I like Gladstone"

Geiger Electrical makes major pledge to sacked workers

Redundant Geiger workers could potentially be re-employed in future

Mining companies 'spending big' on reducing dust

Quaker Chemical Queensland manager Paul Oliver demonstrating a dust suppression chemical used in underground coal mines.

Coal mining companies spend on reducing dust

Warwick company brews deal with craft beer king pin


Sip on a cider that is all Southern Downs.

CLITHEROE'S CALL: How to watch your credit debt

Paul Clitheroe

They're handy but expensive - here's how to watch your credit card

Farmers going nuts for macadamias

Bruce Green of Palmers Channel looks over his macadamia trees.

Palmers Channel farmer makes transition from cane to macadamias.