North Coast council rate rises in hands of IPART

TWO Northern Rivers councils were named with eight councils across the state that applied for rate rises to fund a host of improvements across the shires.

Parents warned off high profile anti-vax campaigner

Controversial American speaker on health, nutrition and food, David 'Avocado' Wolfe, is coming back to Byron Bay.

David Wolf 'may influence vulnerable parents already hesitating'

Seniors expo and more in Mullum

SENIOR FUN: The Ukueles play each Tuesday at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre and will be performing at the Seniors Expo.

Seniors week kicks of tomorrow across the shire.

Byron Public is chalking up a major milestone

PARTY PLANNER: Byron Bay Public School principal Linda Trigg is putting the call out for the community to assist with the school's 125th anniversary celebrations.

Who is Byron Bay Public School's oldest living graduate

Boardriders battle but just miss out

MANAGEMENT: Boardriders team manager Danny Wills with Skins surfer Soli Bailey  in Newcastle.

Byron battle hard in Newcastle competition

Surfer escapes life-threatening injury

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay.

Rescue chopper called off after surfing accident

Learning from the masters

SHOTOKAN INSTRUCTORS: George Rhodes, 72, chief instructor Jean Boussard, Ben Ruble, Jason Miles and Fabio Quijano.

Free martial arts seminar this weekend in Byron Bay

Aussies Helping Animals deliver hope for horses

HORSE RESCUE: Skyla Critchlow, Jack Sadler, Tesse Ferguson from Byron Bay Equestrian Centre, Sky Bright, Constance Attard founder of Aussies Helping Animals, Marion Mawby, Asha Lee-Winton, Adam Mawby and Nemisis. Both Sky Bright and Nemesis were rescued horses.

NEW animal charity makes its first grant to local horse rescue group

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

Mining downturn hitting mum and dad investors

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

New Guzman y Gomez drive-throughs coming to the regions

Guzman y Gomez wants to revolutionise drive-through.

New 'virtual drive-throughs' are coming to the regions

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Mackay Sugar recommendations leave many shellshocked

WORRIED: Cane grower Greg Plath.

Levy advised for Mackay Sugar suppliers

Cane farmer to be cut off from water supply

HIGH AND DRY: Walkers Point sugar cane farmer Norm Muller amongst his cane fields on Beaver Rock Rd.

"That's our income for this year," he said.

Pensioner fleeced by suspected scam now faces eviction

IMAGINE relying on a meagre pension to survive, and one day finding half of your money gone - and you didn't spend it.

Officer seriously assaulted by teen

NSW police generic Handcuffs arrest. 07 October 2016

A 19-year-old was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer

GALLERY: Surfers evacuated after 2.5m bull shark spotted

SHARK INFESTED WATERS: DPI keeping track of sharks in our rivers and beaches, including a 2.5m metre bull shark reported at Ballina on Sunday. PHOTO: @nswsharkshark

Dept of Primary Industries has alerted Ballina beach authorities

Two arrested for causing malicious damage in front of police

CENTRE TROUBLE: Police were called to a confrontation on Harbour Dr in Coffs Harbour's city centre on Wednesday, February 22.

Teenagers were shouting and kicked a police car

Boy, 10, given 12 vials of antivenene after funnel-web bite

Matthew Mitchell was given 12 vials of antivenene. Photo: supplied

Matthew was “as lucky as they get”

Housing affordability: New plan a 'groundbreaker'

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has also lauded the promise

Is Tony Abbott biggest threat to Turnbull right now?

Tony Abbott... has had plenty to say about Malcolm Turnbull.

Political pundits are now wondering whether Turnbull can survive

Support for Turnbull hits record low

Indonesia President Joko Widodo (left) speaks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on during a media conference in the gardens of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Voter support fo Turnbull's Government has slumped to a record low

Murder victim's father disgusted by TV segment

NOT HUMAN: A promotional shot being used by A Current Affair.

Dad furious sadistic murderer has been given a voice

Muhammad Ali's son detained for questioning over his faith

Muhammad Ali Jr was reportedly questioned over his faith

Young crash victim’s family issues heartbreaking plea

Sarah Mitchell and Jordan Whittle

Desperate plea to young drivers from family of crash victims

Even Fox says CNN's Russia story isn't 'fake news'

Fox's Shepard Smith

Even Fox News is criticising Trump for his stance on the media

Man shouts "get out of my country" before fatal shooting

Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kan., who was arrested early Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in connection with a shooting at a bar in Olathe that left one person dead and wounding two others.

A Kansas man has been charged with shooting dead an Indian man

Ban devices in the bedroom: the plea to keep kids safe

Primary school age children can be easily targeted by online predators.

Primary school aged girls and boys being asked to send naked pics

Former Wallaby arrested for allegedly buying cocaine

Former Wallaby James O'Connor at the Brisbane Global Tens tournament with his club Toulon earlier this month.

A former Wallaby has been arrested for allegedly buying cocaine

Sections of the press blocked from White House briefings

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

The White House has blocked several major news outlets

U.S Government to call for Mexico border wall designs

Citizens and Mexican legislators participate in a protest against US President Donald J. Trump's wall plans at the border with El Paso, Texas, USA, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 17 February 2017.

Notice shows government calling for wall concept plans

VIDEO: Cockroaches flee infested Toowoomba home

Skin-crawling moment dozens of cockroaches flee Toowoomba home

Feet photo baffles the internet

How are her feet doing this?

Mobility scooter causes mayhem on busy road

AN ELDERLY woman held up traffic on a busy Coast road, driving her mobility scooter down the centre lane.

Mobility scooter in middle lane causes traffic chaos

Desperate search for... teddy bear owner

Rufus the bear was left at a Toowoomba cafe and now a massive search is under way to find his owner.

She soon found out it was a special bear

Coast kids forced to hand back trophy

UNLUCKY: Maroochydore junior lifesavers have had to hand back their champions title after an error at the weekend's Queensland Youth Championships.

Admin error sees junior Coast lifesavers hand title over to rivals

The one film that could beat La La Land

OSCARS 2017 predictions: Who will win on the big night?

Actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61

Bill Paxton at the premiere of "Captain Phillips".

American actor and director Bill Paxton has died at 61 due

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

Dev Patel in a scene from the movie Lion.

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films most likely to win at Oscars.

Can rightful winner Moonlight take out Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong