Minister thanks NSW councillors about to be sacked

FORCED amalgamations for councils deemed to be dysfunctional money pits have been all-but guaranteed at the Local Government NSW annual conference in Sydney.

Government quiet on IPART council merger report

Christian Siebert says don't throw away your old coins-they could be worth a fortune. Stacks of coins. Photo Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily

Tribunal due to hand over Fit for the Future report on Friday

Lismore aims to become hub for revitalised aviation industry

SUPPORT: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell is proud of the Aero Club which attracts a large number of planes every year.

Lismore council taking steps to grow the industry in the region

Ambitions take flight at Lismore's Aviation Expo

FLYING HIGH: Graham Horne, Izaac Flanagan and Noel Hoy in fron of a Cirrus, at the Lismore Aviation Expo.

Two-day expo gives attendees chance to see range of aircraft

Dave returns after his record-breaking home run

Lismore local Dave Alley runs into Lismore with his family after breaking the Australian record for running around Australia. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

80 kilometres, close to two marathons, every day since April 19

Whispers abound of council election delay

Mayor of Lismore, Jenny Dowell says she 'wouldn't be surprised' if elections were pushed back.

Jenny Dowell 'wouldn't be surprised' if elections pushed back

This weekend's markets

The Byron Bay Artisan Market is back today at Railway Park, Jonson St.

Where to get your coffee fix, weekly produce and socialising from

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Lismore referee shines in unruly Gold Coast soccer comp

TOP REF: Sam Osborne was named Football Gold Coast Referee of the Year.

Sam Osborne has had cans thrown at his head when refereeing games

The Channon Hall's historical tales to be shared

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: The Channon Hall’s selection for the If These Halls Could Talk project was exciting news for its community. The picture above shows the hall in about 1912. It was moved to its present site in Mill St in 1924.

Hall selected for If These Halls Could Talk artistic project

Turning graffitied wall into positive for community

COLLABORATION: INTRA Youth Service’s Paul Phillips, Aboriginal artist Lewis Henson and Senior Constable Lisa Paice, youth case manager at PCYC Lismore, have been working on a mural with Goonellabah kids. Inset is the public PRIDE mural near the transit centre in Lismore.

Youth service teaches new skills and turns negatives around

Walk in Lismore to remember the 27 million modern day slaves

SLAVE OR CONTRACTOR? This woman survived the sex slave industry; now a Suffolk Park lawyer wants to challenge the legal definition.

Walk in Lismore aims to raise awareness of modern day slave trade

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OPINION: Remember always value yourself

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Mantra we should all tell ourselves

COMMENT: Farmers crippled by rising power prices

Christina Ongley. Photo: Max Fleet/NewsMail

Farmers can barely afford to irrigate their crops

How to help when a loved one begins to lose their memory

Forgetiquette by Joan Sauers. Publisher: Penguin Random House. RRP hardback $19.99. Also available as e-book.

Loving, simple advice on how to cope

Flash and Arrow: Life's not easy for a superhero

HIS name is Oliver Queen, and it’s been a tough few years.

OPINION: Never too old to kiss is secret to long marriages

"I only knew the bloke for a few weeks before I married him"

YOUR SAY: Zoo has lost support until situation is rectified

"This facility WAS the envy of all animal care and rehab in Aus"

Police seek witnesses to water skiing tragedy

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following the death of a water skier after a fall on the Clarence River on Labour Day long weekend.

Expert says Kyogle needs money or cattle prod, not merger

NSW Premier Mike Baird facing a backlash from experts over council amalgamation plans

The government wants money, but won't maintain Kyogle infrastructure

Tributes for Aggie who died bravely trying to save a child

SORELY MISSED: Aggie Auelua, 26, died after trying to save a 9-year-old boy who was washed off rocks at Fingal Head on Saturday afternoon.

Tributes for a woman who gave her life trying to save a boy.

Forced amalgamations will not be accepted: LGNSW

LGNSW president Keith Rhoades says he will hold the minister to his promise of no mandatory mergers.

Kyogle Council's future hangs in balance as financial audit finalised

Man accused of masturbating in front group of teenage girls

Man, 26, charged with act of indecency and released on bail

WE WERE THERE: Bus tragedy on the Pacific Highway

TERRIBLE SCENE: The Cowper Bus Crash picture flashed around the world.

The Daily Examiner was there to report on the Cowper Bus Crash

Childhood friend charged over fatal assault

Tyson Egan, 24, was refused bail after appearing in court this morning, charged over the death of his lifelong friend Kyle Watkins.

Man refused bail after facing court over friend Kyle Watkins' death.

Melbourne man guilty of trying to fight against Syria

Turkish army tanks take up position on the Syrian border, but their presence is unlikely to have much bearing on the fate of Kobani, which is almost in the hands of ISIS

The maximum penalty for each charge he faced, is 10 years.

Shorten reshuffles shadow cabinet ahead of election

Leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten in Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Shorten adds two more women to Labor frontbench

VIDEO: Security footage shows child almost drowning

VIGILANT: Lifeguard Gareth Mills keeps an eye on swimmers at Orion Lagoon yesterday.

Orion Lagoon life guards have sprung to action more than 100 times

Calling all seniors, we are here to listen to you

Are you a senior Australian with a point of view? We want to hear it

Julian Assange: UK police stop guarding Ecuadorian Embassy

The front of the Ecuadorean embassy in London is pictured on October 12, 2015, British police announced today that they will no longer stand guard outside London's Ecuadorean embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge in 2012, but will strengthen a "covert plan" to prevent his departure. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N

The guarding of the embassy has cost the UK taxpayer AUD$20 million

Terrorism suspects as young as 14 to face control orders

It follows the attack that killed a Sydney police officer.

Donald Trump sometimes carries a gun 'to feel protected'

"I like to feel protected," Donald Trump said, pictured hear at an earlier Republican debate.

DONALD Trump has told a US news show he sometimes carries a gun.

Student wins hearts by supporting man with cerebral plasy

Godfrey Coutto comforts Robert during the bus ride.

The student has now become an internet sensation.

Thief may be undone after he forgets to flush the toilet

Police are trying to flush out a non-flushing thief.

VIDEO: Dogs encourage owner during work out

Dogs counts pole dancer trainer through sit up workouts

Love your skin art? It doesn't have to die with you

Penelope Smith's tattoo dedicated to her best friend.

Because your skin art doesn't have to die with you, apparently

Teacher strips off to teach children about biology

A picture uploaded by the school, taking during one of Ms Heerkens' lessons

The Dutch teacher stripped down to a spandex suit

Dog-eat-dog for entries into Noosa Festival of Surfing

Chris de Aboitiz will be in Mackay early September, to run his Natural Balance Dog Training.

You’d be barking up the wrong tree if you thought it would be easy

Nursery owners baffled by stolen wheelbarrow

NOT ON: Sue Riley had to replace her wheelbarrow which was stolen from the Tropical Paradise Nursery.

Bundaberg business owners confused by strange items stolen

'Ghost' spotted at site of Aboriginal massacre

A 'spooky' photo taken of Coomba Falls, Maidenwell.

Waterhole looks like just another geographical feature from afar

Carey Mulligan confirms she's welcomed baby daughter

Mulligan and Mumford have confirmed rumours she's given birth

Charlie Sheen thrown out of bar

He may have been thrown out, but he shook hands right afterward

Bindi Irwin a ‘ray of sunshine’ on Dancing With The Stars

Bindi Irwin in the makeup chair preparing for her performance on the US Dancing With The Stars week 5 "switch-up week".

THE wildlife warrior bounces back from emotional week.

The Walking Dead's season six premiere one of the best

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from The Walking Dead. Supplied by Foxtel.

The Walking Dead returned with its best premiere so far.

Delevingne gets asked for photos when wiping her bottom

This is apparently a thing that happens in real life

William Shatner slams George Takei

Star Trek stars are still fighting after twenty-five years

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack road test and review

TALENTED CROSSOVER: Alltrack takes all of the Golf Wagon's talents and offers them in a higher riding, all-wheel drive version to battle the unsealed journeys.

Appealing Alltrack adds another talent to VW Golf's range

Love story: Flat tyre leads to future wife

CAKE FOR CARERS: Neville Castle celebrates National Carers Week with a cupcake and a chat. At home is his beloved Ena.

Already married twice before, Neville had almost given up on love.

Honda Civic VTi-LN road test

SLEEK CIVIC: It may not have the oomph to match its looks, but the Civic is a decent proposition which does a lot of things very well.

Honda's Civic looks racy and has decent load flexibility

Low energy prices edged European markets lower overnight

NOT BLOWN OVER YET: The backer of a wind farm at Dalveen plans to take the Southern Downs Regional Council to court over its refusal of the plan.

Meanwhile, the US market remains on edge

Franking credits: From little things, big investments grow

Small franking credits can improve your life after retirement

Five steps to help you have $1m saved by the time you retire

Here are five levers to give you control of your retirement savings

Daniel's desperate search for work: 542 job applications

Daniel is looking for a job and was seen holding this sign in Marcoola. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

The 26-year-old is still holding a sign on the side of the road

Rail freight hub CEO tells the Government to 'man up'

Interlink SQ is in the process of building a $235m rail station

India chooses electricity and economics over emissions goals

Hard at work. Photo Kelly Butterworth / CQ News

India is at a crossroads for its electricity industry