OPINION: Impact of turbines on birds blown out of proportion

THERE is no doubt wind turbines pose a risk to birds, but the scale of carnage pales in comparison to those killed by domestic and feral cats.

McKimms win Grafton Cup naming rights

CRJC chairman Graeme Green and vice chairman Stephen Haines (right) with Adam Crawley from McKimms Real Estate after McKimms were named as naming rights sponsor for the 2016 Grafton Cup.

McKimm's Real Estate Grafton Cup to highlight July Carnival.

Roller derby takes on Grafton

Jammer Kira Campbell tries to get around a blocker from the opposing team at the Grafton Sports Centre on Saturday, May 28.

Roller Derby scrimmage takes on Grafton.

WATCH: Firefighting championships off to a fighting start

Peter Schmid of Mittagong and deputy captain of Fire Rescue NSW Grafton Mark Aspinall test out the hoses as they setup the venue for firefighter championships.

Fire and Rescue NSW Regional Championships kicked off this Satuday.

Politics in the Pub forum: Education funding is key

Adam Curlis, Sharryn Usher and Bob Boughton at the Politics in the Pub on Education at the Jacaranda Hotel on Friday, May 27.

Educators talked government funding at Politics in the Pub.

Stewards investigate CCTV footage in horse-doping case

Grafton races - Race 1 - Blackboard Special wins by seven lengths. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Steward's inquiry into Stella's Chance adjourned to future date.

Early morning car fire in Grafton

A car on fire in Fitzroy Street, Grafton on Saturday morning.

A car was destroyed by fire in Fitzroy Street early Saturday morning

Salvos call for poverty to be key election issue

HELP NEEDED: Major Colin Young says the lack of affordable housing in the Clarence Valley is causing problems for an increasing amount of people. The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal is on this weekend.

National survey reveals extent of regional poverty.

Modern pharmacy with tradition at its heart

TODAY’S TEAM: Grafton’s Friendlies Chemist staff, from left, Leanne Pardoe, Sophie Schmidt, Julie McCaughey, Hayley Buckler and Kerrie Lockett.

Grafton’s Friendlies Chemist celebrates 100 years of service.

Plywood court road tests

SERVING IT UP: Operations Manager of Big River Timbers Jason Blanch with one of the wooden sheets that will connect together to make a half tennis court at Junction Hill courts.

Company uses Fast 4 tennis tournament to R&D; new sports product.

Bookworms delight in Rotary book sale

NEW PAGE: David and Leila Thompson of Grafton Midday Rotary get busy unpacking as the boxes of books are wheeled into the Grafton Community Centre for the Rotary Book Sale.

The Rotary Club of Grafton Midday book sale is on today.

Biggest smiles from smallest firefighters

HOSED: Alfie Wallace, 9 and Rachelle McLane, 8 of Grafton Public School might not be big enough to fill out the jackets, but they got the full experience as their school visited the site for this weekend’s Regional Firefighter championships.

It was a fire demonstration with a difference.

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LETTER: Bloody blades pose danger for national treasure

WHEN I feel glum I drive out to Cakora Headland to watch the sea eagles riding the air currents before swooping down to snare a treat or feast.

"I was shocked to see lollies being offered to players"

Sweets contradict healthy lifestyle message of sport.

LETTER: Desperate hope to find little brother

PAIN: A letter writer hopes to re-connect with her lost brother.

Every day I am consumed by what I could have done differently

LETTER: Negative gearing a working class dud from day one

Real Estate "sold" sign with red brick building and trees blurry in the background

Falling house prices would not be such a bad thing

Book Review: A window into brutal world of double standards

Ensaf Haidar has written a moving account of her husband’s imprisonment in Saudi Arabia. You can follow the author on Twitter @miss9afi.

IT BEGINS as a love story, but there is no happy ending yet for Raif

OPINION: The past pops up at the strangest times

Columnist Greg Bray

We've all experienced things that we're deeply ashamed about.

Why you should never buy a brand new car

Think of how much you'll lose in depreciation.

Idol host James Mathison challenges Tony Abbott in election

FORMER Australian Idol host James Mathison is challenging Tony Abbott for the seat of Warringa in the upcoming Federal election.

Hole in one for northern NSW golf tourism

Northern NSW golf is teeing off nicely

Seven kilos of cannabis, 450 plants found on Lawrence farms

Farmer and his neighbour sentenced for drug cultivation

NSW lags but North Coast booms on renewable energy

But Northern Rivers moving ahead at "cracking pace"

Cannabis, ice, stolen car found in Northern Rivers raids

Two men have been charged after the raids

Missing man believed to be in Clarence Valley

44-year-old last seen between Iluka and Wooli

North Coast police issue 336 anti-bikie consorting warnings

Police badge NSW  PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE / COFFS COAST ADVOCATE

No charges in four years but 336 warnings

New AMA president says doctors are at breaking point

GPs at breaking point over rising costs

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Much more than ‘just a ride’

Riders in action during the 2016 Tour de Cure.

The Tour has become a workd renowned fundraiser in recent years

Immigration counter-protests end in violence and arrests

Anti-immigration protesters clash with police in Coburg in Melbourne, Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Seven arrested after protests collide in Melbourne

Wellness fraud Belle Gibson facing legal action

Belle Gibson, a health foods guru, has admitted that she lied about having terminal brain cancer

Belle Gibson could also be forced to apologise

Sex and drug parties get into political bed together

The Sex Party and HEMP party are joining forces

Sex party to join forces with HEMP party

NSW withholds $350 million in child education funding

Father Bing presides over the Catholic Schools Week Liturgy at McAuley Catholic College.

Audit reveals funds withheld from childcare sector

Teens who filmed possum torture escape jail time

RSPCA are seeking assistance in finding those responsible for the attack.

Possum torture video not enough to put teens in prison

This photo of a cuddling couple is freaking people out

Couple embracing on a beach has left people scratching their heads

Donald Trump could win the White House in a landslide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 7, 2016. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee told people in Spokane that he'd return to the Northwest during the campaign "because we are going to take the state of Washington." (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FIrst-time voters could get Trump in the White House

WHO refuses to move Olympic Games despite Zika emergency

More than 145 public health experts signed an open letter to the World Health Organization on Friday, May 27, 2016 asking the U.N. health agency to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the ongoing Zika outbreak. The letter calls for the games to be delayed or relocated “in the name of public health.”

WHO has rejected calls to relocate or postpone the Olympic Games

Chinese delivery mid hike? No pack H2O? Newbie seeks advice

Hiking tours are very popular in Europe and why wouldn’t they be when you get views like this of the Mont Blanc range in France. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

"We usually walk with our bottles open and wait for the rain"

Abbott in speedos- $51, Scrooge next Treasurer- $1001

HITTING THE BEACH: Bongsu Kim (left) from South Korea and Finn Massoud with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa National Park.

Fancy a flutter? How about Scrooge to become the next Treasurer?

'My name is Tarzan': Man's hairy night out in Gladstone

Gladstone Court House, Yarroon Street.

“He was swaying on his feet and both refused to tell police names."

Python sunk fangs into man's penis as he sat on the toilet

He tried desperately to break free from the 11 foot creature

Couple's embrace stumps the internet

The explanation lies in the colours of the man's shorts.

The photo has been viewed over 1.6 million times

Mooloolaba man happy to donate sperm to Coast couple

A senior science adviser has warned that plans to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children.

Couple turns to Facebook after six rounds of IVF

Angelina Jolie's new film to tackle Khmer Rouge atrocities

Humanitarian work is an everyday responsibility for UN ambassador

Director told Kate Beckinsale to lose weight for film

Actor Kate Beckinsale revealed the sexist comments of director Michael Bay during an episode of the Graham Norton show.

Director Michael Bay criticised for sexist comments

What's on the small screen this week

Iain Glen, Hunter Page-Lochard and Rob Collins star in the TV series Cleverman.

YOUR guide to what's on the telly this week.

Kim and Kanye's bodyguard hits back

Kim and Kanye's bodyguard wants backpay for his silence

Book review: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

Get to know the wonderful character that is Evelyn Lockhart

Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber expecting second child

Teresa Palmer is pregnant with her second child.

Boyne Smelters in generous donation for local diggers

Aerial view of Boyne Smelter Limited.

BOYNE Smelters are making a generous donation honouring diggers.

Nurses ranked as most honest, ethical profession

CARING PROFESSION: Jo Hiscock talks about the kind nature of nurses and how it is a rewarding career.

Nurses were voted the most ethical and honest profession

‘Put up or shut up’ on farm milk price

Mary Valley dairy farmer Cooloola Milk owner operator Dick Schroeder.

Farmers urged to unite against unfair processor prices.

Sharron makes tough business decision

CUSTOMERS WILL BE MISSED: Sharron Daniel, the owner of City Centre News, which will close on June 18.

City centre newsagency to close next month

Small businesses get behind tax cuts for big corporations

SMEs are in favour of tax cuts for larger corporations

Smith family broking a new future in Yamba

Brooke and Todd Smith with their son Hudson - setting up Loan Market business in Yamba.

New mortgage-broking franchise, Loan Market, opens up in Yamba