TELSTRA DOWN: Australia reacts to losing its internet

TELSTRA'S mobile networks across Australia, for about 800,000 services, went down at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Silver lining for shrinking hearts, says Josh Pyke

ON TOUR: Australian singer-songwriter Josh Pyke performs at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Saturday.

Josh Pyke is coming to Lismore this weekend.

Council elections in September, despite amalgamations

JUST THE TICKET: NSW Council elections are scheduled for September 10.

NSW Local Government Elections to proceed, despite amalgamations.

Win a VIP training session with the Gold Coast Suns

GAME ON: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Suns Captain Gary Ablett at Oakes Oval during a previous visit.

Win a VIP training with the Gold Coast Suns.

Drought appeal a ray of hope for farmers

North Coast Drought Appeal organiser of 21 years Anne Thompson, from Clunes, reports well over 665 boxes of much needed goods were sent to drought stricken western NSW farmers at the end of last year.

Anne Thompson offers a ray of hope to farmers.

Protest against greyhound racing industry this weekend

INDUSTRY PROTEST: Animal rights advocates plan to hold a rally outside Lismore Greyhound Racing Track on Sunday.

Protest against the greyhound racing industry this Sunday.

International artist offers mask-making workshop

CRAFT: Artist Arya Pandjalu wearing one of his creations.

Learn Arya Pandjalu’s technique of papier maché.

Cat Power cancels Lismore show

AMERICAN: The singer-songwriter is also an occasional actress and model.

Management made the announcement today.

Apple is recalling iPhone chargers across Australia

It's time to look at your Apple charger, right now.

New law firm argues case for diversity

Michelle Kelly and Amanda Mead, co-partners at Everyday Legal, a new Lismore firm.

Diverse law firm partnership in Everyday Legal.

CSG assessment is a total farce, says advisor

TOUGHER: CSG companies should be required to meet stricter environmental requirements.

Former national chemicals advisor calls CSG assessment a 'farce'

Public still in the dark on CSG chemicals

Knitting Nannas Against Gas stage a protest in King George Square, Brisbane, Wednesday, OCt. 28, 2015. The campaigners have gathered to support the family of Queensland farmer and anti-CSG campaigner George Bender, who took his own life this month. The group is calling for farmers to be given more rights to stop coal seam gas (CSG) firms coming onto their properties.

Reports delayed two years and still no clarity

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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

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.

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

Home schoolers beat mainstream students in NAPLAN testing

HOME-SCHOOLED students are outstripping their counterparts in mainstream schools in reading, writing and numeracy, a review of NAPLAN results for NSW shows.

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

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

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

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

Gen Y workers will not stay in current jobs long term

A survey asked 300 young Australians about their career plans.

Labor makes public show as Medicare faces privatisation

Labor leader Bill Shorten labelled the plan “anti-Medicare”.

Minister: I did not act inappropriately during China trip

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull faced calls for him to sack Mr Robert.

Turnbull mulls over cuts to superannuation tax breaks

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull Government may cut superannuation contribution tax breaks

Close The Gap plan could be "doomed to fail" says Dodson

Close The Gap strategy could be "doomed to fail"

Landry to support changes to allow medicinal cannabis crops

Amendments to act expected to go before parliament in coming weeks

Gay men want the right to be dull and poorly dressed

Carson Kressley of TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as he poses for a photo at the Melbourne Cup Carnival

"Some gay men are very, very boring and very badly dressed."

Cruise ship hit by 160km/h winds, massive waves

The Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas sails into hurricane-force winds

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

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.

Mile-high skyscraper in Tokyo set to be world's tallest

It will be 1700m when built

Planned skyscraper in Tokyo could be twice as tall as Burj Khalifa

Baby monitor 'ghost' spooks terrified parents

While the baby is fast asleep a "white figure" suddenly emerges.

While the baby is fast asleep a 'white figure' suddenly emerges

Sofia Vergara's medical aid for drunk wedding guests

Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara supplied IV fluids for drunk guests at wedding

Rebel Wilson propositioned by bartender

Rebel Wilson thinks being famous makes dating "way harder"

Idris Elba: Change is coming to the Oscars

Idris Elba believes "change is coming" at the Oscars

Oscar nominees' booty

Gift list for this year's actor and director Oscar nominees

Freebies to Oscar nominees get weirder each year

Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Sylvester Stallone attend the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, in Beverly Hills, California. The pair will receive a goodie bag each worth

Extravagant freebies dished out to Oscar nominees get weirder

Elton John wanted a daughter

Sir Elton John wishes he became a father earlier in life

The mental health risks facing our long term unemployed

Mental illness is a growing concern for the long term unemployed.

Suicide rates among the unemployed rose 22% during the GFC

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander road test and review

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II in top-spec Highlander guise is a value tempter in the seven-seater large SUV segment.

Plushest Santa Fe variant gets the family test

Hugh Jackman being treated for skin cancer

Jackman took to Instagram to announce more skin cancer treatment

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

Solar saves Byron money

Solar energy.

The Byron Shire Council is saving money thanks to a new solar system