People who work a tweet online

SOME are in the spotlight of the social arena, others operate in more subtle ways, but everyone on this list has one thing in common: they are the people to keep an eye on online in the Northern Rivers.

Some are really good at engaging the community online, others set up the discussions, while some should become leading voices during 2014.

Who are the movers and shakers of the Northern Rivers?

Here are some of the names and where to follow them online.


Jenny Dowell: More than 4000 friends on Facebook. Took a massive backlash online over her stance on fluoride but continues to set the social agenda via her online postings. @Mayorjd

Neil Marks: Not an avid online actor until now, he made headlines by asking Dr Karl for advice about fluoride. @NeilMarks

Keith Williams: Cr Williams put Ballina on the online map in 2013 with his wildlife posting. @Captainturtle

Simon Richardson: The Mayor who marries gay couples at Byron is using his online credentials to support Byron's green credentials. @mayor_richo

Kevin Hogan: With only 291 followers on twitter and 1652 friends on Facebook, MP Hogan has a lot of online territory to cover but should be a figure to keep an eye on in 2014. @KevinHoganMP

Isaac Smith: A passionate advocate of Lismore online, Cr Smith is a great networking contact in the online sphere. @MrLismore




Lismore Radio: Love it or hate it, Big Rob's 6000 friends on Facebook receive alternative media content and police updates. @LismoreRadio

Knitting Nannas Against Gas: With more than 3000 friends on Facebook, the nannas are a community organization to fear. @knittingnannas

Lismore Lanterns: In desperate need of a new house and with guest appearances in the Big Brother finale, the lanterns have become Lismore's best-known child. @LismoreLanterns

Surf Lifesaving FNC: Encouraging people to stay between the flags this summer. @FNCSLS

Rainforest Rescue: This Mullumbimby not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to protecting rainforests. @RainforestRescu

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter: This important rescue service has saved countless lives. Community support is essential to keep the helicopter in the air. @helirescue



Pete Murray: He calls the north coast home and recently opened a bar in Byron Bay. Oh, and he makes great music. @PeteMurrayMusic

Maia Mitchell: The Disney starlet has helped put Lismore in the online world. @MaiaMitchell

Brett Adlington: Director of the popular Lismore Regional Gallery. @AdlingtonBrett

Lismore Gallery: Prolific account reflecting some of the cultural life in the Northern Rivers. @LismoreGallery

Arts Northern Rivers: If you are an artist in the Northern Rivers, following Arts NR is a must. @arts_nr

Gavin Hughes: The head chef at Byron at Byron resort proclaims the culinary wonders of the Northern Rivers. @gawiehughes

Tony Partridge: A photographer who lurks around the east coast. @tonylpartridge

Craig Parry: From his base at Lennox Head, Craig captures some stunning images. @CraigParryphoto



Byron Bay Brewery: The home of Byron Bay Premium Ale and one of Byron's attractions. @BayBrewery

Madura Tea: An Australian-owned family company that grows, blends and packages premium teas right here on the Northern Rivers. @MaduraTeaEstate

Byron Dive Centre: Regular updates about diving and snorkelling conditions. @divejulianrocks

Crystal Castle: An enchanting getaway; a place to "enrich your spirit". @CrystalCastleBB

Ballina RSL Club: Don't miss another gig! The club is located right on the beautiful Richmond River. @Ballina_RSLClub

The Byron at Byron: With almost 1000 followers on Twitter, this resort and spa is set within a stunning subtropical rainforest. @byronatbyron

Stone & Wood: This Byron Bay brewery had a successful 2013 and is definitely one to watch in the new year. @stoneandwood

Farm Gate Providore: Get a real sense of farm life on the Northern Rivers through the tweets of this business, which supplies locally sourced, sustainable, free range meat. @farmgatefresh

Brookfarm: Offering "slow food for fast people", Brookfarm's Twitter account also has yummy recipes to try. @_Brookfarm_



Jacqueline Freney: The Northern Rivers golden girl won eight Paralympic gold medals in London in 2012. @Jacqui_Freney

Liz Ellis: Australian netball legend, she now lives on the Northern Rivers and runs coaching sessions for juniors. @LizzyLegsEllis

Bear: Need to know about the surf conditions? Your go-to person is Bear, who knows everything there is to know about Byron Bay's beautiful beaches. @slideaholics

Healthy North Coast: A community of organisations, health practitioners and consumers sharing information. @healthync

The Bay Rollers: A Byron Bay roller derby league. @TheBayRollers

Bangalow Rugby Club: The club's Twitter account says they play "wide, fast and fair". @BangalowRugby



Eva Heath: This Bangalow business owner dedicates her online presence to successfully attract visitors to Bangalow. @heatholdwares

Kathrina Southwell: The general manager of Ballina-based Australian Seabird Rescue, she also runs Byron Ballina Bird Tours. @kathrinasouth

Peter King: The Byron Bay High School principal has 1700 Twitter followers and he uses his account to air his views on education. @Peter_J_King

Lisa Walker: Haven't read a novel by this north coast writer? Then you really should. @LisaWalkerTweet

David Silcock: The principal of Alstonville High School has plenty to say about education, politics and motorbikes. @DavidJSilcock

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