New plan to help jobseekers

A NEW plan to address the worryingly high unemployment rates in regions in NSW, such as the Richmond-Tweed area, could reap billions of dollars for the economy.

Internal 'glitch' was the cause of widespread outage

Transgrid have admitted to an internal error causing the widespread outage.

The entire Northern Rivers went without power for nearly half an hour.

Rainbow capes the right attire for Tropical Fruits

Rainbow capes by South Australian artist Evelyn Roth will be featured in this year's Tropical Fruits parade.

This year's theme for the Tropical Fruits Festival is Superfreaks

One Night Stand looking for new locations

SHOW The town of Mildura in Victoria hosted the music gig earlier this year.

Would you like to host a music gig in your town?

First smartphone licences due next year

The Baird Government plans to transition NSW towards using digital licences over the next four years. Photo Contributed

Work begins to transition licences to a new digital format

First shark detecting drones trialled on Mid North Coast

DRONE WARNING: A picture of the shark at Broken Head shot by professional drone pilot Saul Goodwin last Thursday   Photo: Saul Goodwin @Property Shot Photo Contributed

First shark detecting drones trialled on the Mid North Coast

Former Lismore musician Ngaiire receives APRA Award

Australian singer Ngaiire.

Ngaiire receives APRA’s Professional Development Awards.

Local actor shines in Ruben Guthrie

Lismore actor Aaron Bertram (left) features in the movie Ruben Guthrie which opens this week. He is pictured here with the film’s writer and director Brendan Cowell (mid) and co-star Jack Thompson (right).

The film will be screened at the Star Court Theatre this weekend

Men living with HIV tell their survival stories

A still from the film Desert Migration (2015) by Australian filmmaker Daniel Cardone.

Documentary Desert Migration will screen in Byron Bay and Lismore

Somerville and Wilson prepare for Tropical Fruits

Richard Somerville and Craig Wilson are Sommerville and Wilson.

Local DJ artists in the line-up for this year’s festival

Joy celebrates 45 years at St Vincent's

SMILING FACE: Joy Scott has been working at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Lismore for 45 years.

Visited St Vincent's Hospital before? Chances are you've met Joy.

A Tribe Called Red offers music to challenge stereotypes

Musicians 'A Tribe Called Red'.

THE Canadian music troupe will be performing in Lismore

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OPINION: 'Women of Achievement' Calendar sets tone for 2016

Prestigious tyre manufacturer Pirelli's calendar has tongues wagging

Is truth about Islam being whitewashed in Australia?

Former SAS commander calls for honest debate about Islam, terrorism

Toowoomba teen in Syria talks on Paris terror attacks

Oliver Bridgeman Photo Contributed

Everyone is shocked and the media is going crazy (about Paris)

DATING: There’s a smorgasbord of stereotypes to test

Paul Hogan.

What stereotypes we apply to the opposite sex from exotic places?

OPINION: Face the truth or we remain virtual liars

I’m a happy, insightful, witty, amazing bloke.. but only on Facebook

WATERCOOLER: Time to change Australia's jobs, wages model?

More than one in 10 young people in Australia are unemployed.

Frozen wages, insecure jobs, shrinking unions … join the dots

Nursing home murders: Haines to stand trial in Supreme Court

MEGAN Haines has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court over the 2014 alleged murders at Ballina’s St Andrews nursing home.

Indigenous languages become HSC school subject in NSW

New course in schools to help maintain Aboriginal cultures

Ice dealer stays behind bars after Ballina drug sale

Photographs taken by police during a massive synchronised raid on what authorities suspect is part of a major operation to distribute illegal narcotics

Sentence appeal rejected for dealer who claims it 'was the only time'

Simon waves Byron's flag high at UN conference in Paris

Mayor Simon Richardson: I have no doubt that the residents will group together and form an action plan and council staff will assist wherever they can.

Mayor Simon Richardson at the UN Climate Change Conference.

Police siege ends after reports of armed man

Scenes from a siege in Toormina.

Mary Help of Christians Primary School students evacuated

Some power still to be restored following Sunday's storm

A lightning show at Lightning St, Calliope.

About 1500 customers were still without power yesterday at 3pm.

Thieves steal 116-year-old Tregeagle church bell

The community is stumped following the theft.

Mal Brough sorry for 'unwittingly' misleading Parliament

Special Minister of State and Member for Fisher Mal Brough apologises for 'unwittingly' misleading Parliament

Mal Brough's defence not backed by 60 Minutes transcript

Julie Bishop under fire for $30,000 jet charter from Perth

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

It's the second time an MP has flown into an entitlements scandal

3.2 magnitude earthquake near Monto

The location of the earthquake near Monto on Tuesday night.

Quake happened in the night

Christian group praises removal of chocolate poker chips

Chocolates made to look like gambling chips.

Chocolate poker chips removed from Big W store, says group

Man charged with murder over fatal truck crash

Tuesday's accident came a horror day on south-east Queensland roads, with two people dying in this crash on Monday morning. Photo: 7 News Queensland

Police allege man assaulted, causing him to fall onto roadway

Schoolyard shock as 12-year-old allegedly stabs classmate

Students have been left shaken after witnessing an alleged stabbing

51 turtles found strapped inside man's pants

He somehow stored 51 turtles in his pants.

He has dozens of turtles strapped to his body under his sweatpants

Mark Zuckerberg to donate 99% of his Facebook shares

Mark Zuckerberg has child, plan to give away 99% of cash

Why doesn't the US call white people terrorists?

Robert L Dear is suspected of first degree murder following a shooting at an abortion clinic in Colorado last week

Why are white mass murderers always called 'loners'?

'Do the Nae Nae, punch Hitler': Kid's take on holy rules

The 11-year-old has 'updated' what thou shalt do and not do. Photo / ucfjag, Reddit

What would the 10 commandments be like if an 11-year-old wrote them?

Croc v croc fight to the death captured on film

Photographer Sandra Bell captured this amazing image of a crocodile fight inRinyirru (Lakefield) National Park in North Queensland.

Photographer Sandra Bell captured the two crocodiles in a fight

WATCH: Why did the Koala cross the road? To climb a tourist

Koala mistakes tourist's leg for a climbable tree

Is PSY's new song 'Daddy' as catchy as Gangnam Style?

A still from PSY's video clip for 'Daddy'.

Merry Christmas, the world's favourite Korean pop star is back

VIDEO: Readers say dancing cop is a top bloke

Gladstone's dancing cop Constable Dominic McGee broke up the boredom of traffic controlling over the weekend with some fun moves. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer

Constable Dominic McGee had a blast directing traffic for 14 hours

Pirelli shuns supermodels for Serena Williams, Amy Schumer

Comedian Amy Schumer and tennis legend Serena Williams in the annual Pirelli calendar, which has this year moved away from its traditional supermodel subjects, to women who are achievers.

You probably won't see this one pinned up in the mechanic's garage

Gigi Hadid defends relationship with Zayn Malik

Gigi Hadid has defended her relationship with Zayn Malik

Eva Longoria: Telenovela funnier than Desperate Housewives

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is very proud of her upcoming TV series 'Telenovela'

Kim Kardashian West's baby is no longer breech

Kim Kardashian West's baby is no longer breech

Tyga fails to close on house purchase

Tyga has failed to close on the purchase of his new home three times

The VW Kombis for millionaires

CASHED UP KOMBI: This 1967 split-window VW Bus sold for $158,000 at auction...these things aren't the reserve of hard up students anymore.

$158,000 sale at auction follows record $202,000 Samba bus price

Union: Three cases of black lung recorded in three months

Black Lung is caused by a build up of coal dust in the lungs.

Black Lung is caused by a build up of coal dust in the lungs

Coco Austin's breastfeeding pain

Coco Austin's nipples feel like they are "gonna fall off"

Glenmar takes truck-permit fight to heavy vehicle regulator

Glenmar Fuels truck crossing culvert near the Allora depot.

Council rejected application for B-double permit to drive to shed

RBA leaves cash rate on hold at 2 per cent

The Reserve Bank has decided to leave the cash rate on hold

Jetstar faces pointed flak as launches in NZ

The Air New Zealand ad run in the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

Jetstar's 50-seat Bombardier Q300 is due to take off from Napier

Walton says: I can’t recall

The Walton collapse left Sunshine Coast sub-contractors $2.9m out of pocket.

Liquidator Grant Thornton has reserved the right to recall Walton

Why single women are more likely to retire poor

Women still retire with around half as much superannuation as men.

BILL SHOCK: 62% of households report increased power bills

Switch off your appliances at the wall if you're heading away from home these holidays.

POLL: Have you experienced a shock on your power bill?