Hospitals talk violence as ice-addict patients lash out

THE Baird Government has backed a 12-point action plan to improve security at NSW hospitals, as health workers come to grips with more drug-fuelled violence.

UPDATE: Robina sleeping in church shelter after losing home

Robina Todd, who lost all her belongings when her van went up in flames, and her two dogs.

Byron woman's home on wheels is burnt out.

Our editor responds to Sue's blues on Byron Bay

Bluesfest is one of the world class festivals held in Byron Bay, that is a real drawcard.

Let's not forget Byron Bay is drawcard for many world class events.

Get dramatic at the Drill Hall

Free adult acting workshops for theatre company members.

Lucky snap becomes Byron Bay gain

Kyle Taylor's image taken in Byron Bay has gone viral.

The shot was taken last winter off the coast of Byron Bay.

Shark nets 'do nothing' to reduce chance of attack: study

50 years of data from shark populations in NSW and South Africa

OPINION: Pauline Hanson’s popularity to be tested at polls

Bruce and Maureen Burgess, of Victoria, with One Nation founder Pauline Hanson, who visited Mooloolaba Esplanade for breakfast and to meet with local people. Photo Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily

Pauline Hanson reveals candidate for seat of Richmond.

Solar upgrade at Cavanbah Centre saves council money

25kW solar PV system and lighting upgrade of the Cavanbah Centre.

The Swamp Stompers playing at the Byron Brewery

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The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves.

World’s best inspire local boardriders

SURFS UP: World Number 19 surfer Ace Buchan with a few future surf champs at the Byron Bay Boardriders sign on held last Friday at the new JS Surboards Shop in Fletcher St, Byron Bay.

Byron bay Boardriders got a hand from some big names at sign on.

Council producing a string of ‘epic fails’, new group says

WHITE RIOT: The newly formed Community Alliance for Byron (CABS) is a collection of community groups who are dissatisfied with Council's performance regarding development across the shire. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News

New community group is not happy with Byron Shire Council's work.

New creative writing courses

JUST WRITE: Candida Baker is a writer, publisher and editor.

Local author offers creative writing courses in Newrybar.

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OPINION: Taking the grey area out of greyhound industry

TWILIGHT MEETING: Thursday racing at Grafton Greyhounds starts at the later time of 4.12pm today.

"Greyhound shoes" put our attitudes in perspective

WATERCOOLER: What's the use of life in prison?

With Crump’s concurrent life sentences upheld, he has now been denied any hope of release.

Kevin Crump has been denied hope of a meaningful life

OPINION: Teenagers need feminism too

Author T.J. Hamilton.

Adichie talks about the subtle imbalances that we have in society

War on bikies: Australia's love affair with consorting laws

Rebels Bikie gang visits their Sunshine Coast premisis at Kunda Park. Photo Chris McCormack / Sunshine Coast Daily

Are consorting laws justified or effective against organised crime?

No, mums don't have to be switched on 24/7

Parenting is hard, sometimes we all need a time out

Molly made a difference to our lives back in the ’70s

Molly Meldrum

Tonight's premiere of Molly has had a huge build-up

Salim Mehajer's Auburn Council suspended by NSW Government

Suspended Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer said it was an "abuse of power"

Home schoolers beat mainstream students in NAPLAN testing

Home-schooled students outperform their mainstream peers.

NSW restarts CSG battle it just lost to provide local gas

CSG exploration and extraction has been controversial in New South Wales

The state risks "catastrophic" gas shortages

UPDATE: Social media hails Kyle as a teenage hero

‘PRETTY SCARY’: Kyle Rhodes, 16, of Goonellabah, saved a girl’s life at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre when she was found at the bottom of the pool.

Your comments confirm Kyle is a hero for saving a little girl.

Motorcycle rider discharged after crash near Glenreagh

A doctor and paramedic are winched to an injured motorcyclist, west of Woolgoolga in the Sherwood Creek National Park on Saturday.

30-year-old man suffered head and chest injuries

Essential maintenance could delay highway at Mororo

Essential maintenance could mean delays for Pacific Hwy drivers

Locals concerned over development on Aboriginal land

Iluka residents call for development to incorporate natural beauty

Mother of 12 fighting obesity by sharing health secrets

ON A MISSION: East Ipswich mum Lil Hogan has set up free fitness training to share her tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Supermum setting a fitness challenge for the city

Mum oblivious to tiger snake bite, thought it was plastic

Gatton woman's brush with 'rubbish in the wind' turns deadly

Greens offer olive branch on tax reforms, with conditions

Treasurer Scott Morrison

Greens want negative gearing and superannuation tax breaks to go

Gap closing on vow to fight indigenous disadvantage

The Close the Gap strategy on indigenous disadvantage falls behind

Greens warn cannabis still can't be prescribed by doctors

Medicinal cannabis is still illegal for doctors to give patients

Deputy PM Warren Truss to resign from politics

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce in Parliament earlier today. Mr Joyce is expected to become Deputy Prime Minister as Mr Truss prepares to announce his resignation from politics

Mr Truss is expected to deliver plans to leave politics on Thursday

Baby declared dead, wakes up in time to avoid cremation

The baby was kept in an incubator for 23 days and removed against medical advice

“I really can’t understand how this miracle happened."

Microcephaly may just be tip of Zika virus iceberg

Three-month-old Daniel, who was born with microcephaly, undergoes physical therapy in Brazil. Officials strongly suspect the Zika virus, which first appeared in the country last year, is to blame.

Other brain related abnormalities could be linked to virus

Ten dead, 150 injured as trains collide in Germany

Description: Rescue personnel stand in front of two trains that crashed head on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2016. At least four people were killed in the crash.

The early morning crash took place near Bad Aibling in Bavaria

Air harvesting could be our freshest new industry

Collecting air with special harvesting nets. Photo: Facebook

Air 'connoisseurs' prepared to pay big dollars for the right stuff

Fuel is cheap...time to buy something silly?

SUPERCAR SHOPPING: Low oil prices are here to stay and hopefully cheap fuel too: how about that Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Roadster you've always wanted?

Is now the perfect time to buy a heavy drinking supercar?

KFC wedding photo captures attention of the world

The picture of the happy couple in front of Colonel Sanders' face has gone viral.

"I've always had a special relationship with KFC"

VIDEO: Cannibal snake filmed eating fellow serpent alive

A small eyed snake eating another small eyed snake.

Disturbing act caught on film in Toowoomba

Pastor Dave Woodward hosts Biker Blessing with a message

Pastor Dave Woodward gears up for the Biker Blessing at the Door of Hope church in Maryborough on Sunday. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The Church of Christ clergy man held a Bikers Blessing on Sunday

Mayor forced to remove nude art from Facebook

Lismore Gallery Director Brett Adlington with the No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) exhibition which has caught the eye of the Lismore community. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Mayor angry over FB warning. NOTE: Story contains nude photo.

1975's Matt Healy: One Direction copied our band... poorly

Matt Healy says One Direction members may be "nice guys", but they have no "artistic credibility".

Rocker says 'Change Your Ticket' would have been a 'bad 1975 song'

Ken Watanabe battling cancer for second time

Ken Watanabe is recovering from surgery in Japan.

'Inception' star undergoes surgery for stomach cancer

Cheban to teach rich kids how to 'survive' being wealthy

Jonathan Cheban will teach rich kids in New York how to pick the best diamonds and caviar.

Celeb to teach kids how to pick diamonds, eat caviar, choose a jet

Noosa's Jo Beth to face first solo tucker trial tonight

Noosa's Jo Beth Taylor pictured as she prepares to face her first solo tucker trial on the TV series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

THE mum will have to face extreme heights to win food for the camp.

Here Come The Habibs rates well, but divides viewers

Tyler De Nawi, Michael Denkha, Camilla Ah Kin, Sam Alhaje and Kat Hoyos star in the TV series Here Come The Habibs.

NEW culture-clash comedy stars a Lebanese-Australian family.

MKR viewers annoyed when Gianni and Zana smash it

My Kitchen Rules contestants Gianni and Zana pictured during their instant restaurant in Melbourne.

SOCIAL media lights up when reality TV villain proves she can cook.

5 car recalls to make you take them more seriously

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There are two ways of looking at the specifics of a car recall.

Teen vaccination rates low in Australia

500 workers have been tested for tuberculosis, south of Miles.

Many parents not aware of teen vaccinations

Simple 15-minute test a ticket to instant happiness

TAKE THE TEST: Researcher Paula Loveday is looking into happiness. Journalist Kathy Sundstrom (left) is put through happiness testing by Paula.

Could a 15-minute exercise be the key to instant happiness?

Instagram offers same multiple account move as Twitter

An Instagram feed shown on an iPhone 4s.

The social media platform made this announcement this morning.

Rise in job ads points to employment growth to come

For the year to January, job ads increased by 10.8%

Could refugees fill the gaps left by mining downturn?

POSSIBLE SOLUTION: Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry believes serious consideration should be given to settling refugees in regional areas.

Inviting refugees to regional areas could fill hole left by mines

Owners need to impress as competition tougher than ever

INCENTIVES: Penny Wood Lane principal Paul Bryan believes landlords need to set themselves apart in order to secure tenants.

First impressions count, particularly when the competition is tough

Medicals miss some cases of black lung

BACK ON THE RADAR: A sixth confirmed case of black lung has renewed interest in the health hazards of coal mining.

Professor David Cliff says black lung disease has always been around

Business turns male dominated trend on its head

SPARKS FLY: Zach Johnson, of Spark Bureau, with Amigo co-founder Emma Wishaw and Devine Bodies founder Shelly Devine.

One Coast start-up business is 80% founded by women