Financial scandal destroys alternative community

A SECRETIVE colony for people who wanted to live off the grid in “earthships” has collapsed, leaving a community divided.

Tweed striking it big for tenpin bowls

Gold Coast Tenpin Cup tournament director Doug Kirby throws down a strike at Coolangatta-Tweed Tenpin on Wednesday.

Gold Coast Tenpin Cup 2017

Flash re-signs with Roosters, but still committed to Raiders

Michael Gordon celebrates a round 3 try against Penrith with Mitchell Pearce.

Michael Gordon remains set on Tweed Coast Raiders return

Tweed lifeguard in running to be named state's best

Jayden Mandall has been named Lifeguard of the Year for Tweed Shire.

"He has an impeccable work ethic, and is always willing to help out”

Comeback keeps Marlins' title run alive

Kieran Duncan played a crucial role in the Marlins comeback against Nerang, and slotted the equaliser in extra-time to secure a 3-all draw for his side.

"Southport present a different challenge”

FAIR GO: Cities performance report is missing key indicators

For cities to be accurately compared, data sets need to be the same.

Baby going home with dad after mum's tragic death

John Petrak with baby Eleanor.

John Petrak will finally take his baby girl home today

Marine biologist on why Hastings Pt must be protected

RICH ENVIRONMENT: The creek at Hastings Point forms part of the rich ecology of the region and should be protected according to Ted Brambleby.

Hastings Pt Museum of Natural History speaks out.

Aquaman conquers council in a bid to keep filming

Jason Momoa will star in the movie Aquaman, to be filmed on the Gold Coast. Supplied by Warner Bros.

Council has allowed Warner Bros to submit a DA.

Call to make murals major tourist attraction wins support

Former Tweed Mayor Max Boyd has dedicated his life to public service.

Former Tweed mayor's mural project gains support.

Players beat Kingscliff trade Blues

FRESHLY SQUEEZED: State of Origin player Jarryd Hayne, Beach Shack's Josie Masterman, and Origin standby Jack De Belin.

Origin hype helps to boost the town's profile during low season.

REVEALED: Byron scheme that 'wrecked lives' world-wide

Nyoli Scobie, of Byron Bay, said she felt ashamed about being a pawn in a scheme which received millions of dollars from "everyday people”.

Former saleswoman lifts lid on multi-million dollar house of cards

Combining work and pleasure

INSPIRED: Brenton de Rooy is basing his business around his love for the ocean.

Business Q & A: Brenton de Rooy Photography

Co-op owner wishes closure 'could have been handled better'

The Brunswick Fishing Company will close its doors by end of day today.

"The shock to the community is a shock to me too," owner says

Giving Tweed some financial tips

Real Estate and Property owners Alyce and Ian Kebblewhite are assisting Tweed with their finances.

Elk Realty and Capital help people gain better finances.

Yaru Water recognised as a business of tomorrow

WATER SUPPLY: Kevin Robinson, Irene Martin, Shaun Martin, Brad Crosthwaite  and Tessa Martin at Yaru Water facility which won this year's Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow award.

Yaru Water receives recognition in national award.

TAKE THAT, KMART: Retail CEO’s swipe at ‘cheap’ rivals

Marissa Tesoro, store manager of Harris Scarfe Top Ryde, with the store team.

An Aussie department store, once on the brink of collapse, is back

No bags, no fags: convenience shop defends environment

CHANGING WAYS: New owners of Emerald Beach General Store Huey and Louis Riley are phasing out plastic bags and cigarettes.

Convenience store takes aim at environmental change

EAST ST OUTRAGE: 40 days to vacate Rocky CBD stores

KNOCK OUT: Brad's Bargain Box and Bruch's buildings in East Street are to be demolished.

Prime CBD stores delivered a demolition bombshell

Ship detained off Hay Point with crew running out of food

The Rena has been detained off Hay Point since June 6 with crew owed about $53,000.

Australian Government detains ship with crew owed $53,000 in wages

$24M Mackay wave pool project: The big reveal

Councillor Ross Gee says his idea for a wave pool in Mackay would be a "tourist mega magnet".

'Get barrelled behind the Great Barrier Reef'

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'

In a bit of a muddle over Australian Constitution

Local government does not exist in the Australian Constitution

Freedom lost: soon we won't be able to smoke in cars

LETTER: Soon we won't be able to smoke in cars or stick our arm out the window.

Our freedoms are being taken away: Kandanga letter writer

Are we getting paid the right superannuation?

SUPERANNUATION: Get prepared for changes.

But is everyone actually getting paid what they are supposed to?

OPINION: Splendour reached peak glitter

Courtney Smoulden and Dylan Barker sporting some of the extensive glitter available at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

2017 is, officially, the year of Splendour in the Glitter

PAUL MURRAY: Premier has death wish on power prices

Paul Murray, host of news and currents affairs program Paul Murray Live on the Sky network.

The anchor of Foxtel’s No 1 talk show writing for you

Why I'm grateful mum started us at school a year later

I was so ready for my first day of grade one.

Man airlifted after tractor roll-over

Man injured after being trapped by the legs under the weight of a tractor.

Mates help friend struck by rare illness

HELPING HAND: A gofundme page has been set up for Jason Lynch, diagnosed with dystonia. INSET: Jason, cannot 100% control his neck muscles from spasming and twisting his head and jaw to the right hand side.

In January, Jason was diagnosed with cervical dystonia.

Foreign workers fall victim to illegal job advertisements

ILLEGALLY UNDERPAID: Unions NSW reported a Korean woman (not pictured) picked blueberries near Coffs Harbour for about $6/hr.

Korean woman paid $6 an hour to pick blueberries near Coffs Harbour

New figures show NSW is best place for work

New data shows NSW has lowest unemployment rate out of all Australian states.

'NSW remains the best state for jobs by a significant margin'

Flynn Transport owes $1.4 million in super and tax

Flynn Transport reportedly owes the Australian Tax Office nearly $1 million.

Government asks company to cough up nearly $1 million

Tributes flow for former Dex sport editor Max Godbee

1996 sport star awards Max Godbee with guest Olympic equestrian Wendy Schaeffer.Photo Daily Examiner Archives

Community tributes pour in for Clarence Valley sports stalwart who died aged 86.

Disqualified from driving until 2023: That didn't stop her

NSW police generic Handcuffs arrest. 07 October 2016

Woman 'stumbled out of vehicle' with fresh needle marks on arm

Qantas lifts security to help fight against threat of IS

Flying at the pointy end of a Qantas plane might not be as out of reach as you think.

Qantas bans duty-free items out of the Philippines

Clue could explain Justine Damond's death

Justine Ruszczyk Damond with fiance Don Damond and his son, Zach Damond.

Police search for more clues to what led to her shooting death

A BIT RICH? Labor’s gold dessert proves hard to swallow

Dining at Bill Shorten's inequality lunch, where chocolate desserts are covered in gold specks.Source:Supplied

Sometimes the irony of a situation is too much to bear.

Facebook: Bad Girls Advice finally taken down

Bad Girls Advice had more than 200,000 members.

A post on bestiality has finally seen Bad Girls Advice taken down

Australian Christians support same sex marriage

Aussie Christians want SSM without discrimination clauses

I haven’t been to the toilet in two years

Imagine not going to the loo for a number two for two years

Free hotline announced for victims of sexual assault

Freya (centre) joined other students to protest at Parliament House to demand that universities respond to the issue of rape on campus.

Imagine the courage it takes for a rape victim to ask for help

Prince Charles and Camilla heading for Qld

Prince Charles and Camilla

It promises to be a holiday fit for a King

Teens on holiday caught up in sexual assault nightmare

Savk Hotel

Hotel staff claimed the group of teens were "looking for group sex"

Parents are freaking out over Teen Vogue’s anal sex guide

"This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk"

Local charity to celebrate new op shop with grand opening

Agape Outreach Op Shop sign out the front of the newly opened store in Tweed Heads.

LOCAL charity celebrates opening of its new op shop this Saturday.

Holy schnit: This steak's the size of a small child

WHAT A STEAK: Sarah Atkins was amazed to see the Pinnacle Pub crumbed steak was bigger than one of her four-month-old twin daughters, Jorja.

It's not every day you get served a steak as big as a baby

LOW BLOW: Crippled man forced to 'sell car to survive'

Rockhampton man Roy Lucas can't work.

Rocky man takes aim at tax office after taking massive financial hit

Aviation experts at loss over apparent UFO

The mysterious object photographed off Sydney's northern beaches. Picture: Gus Medero

Mystery surrounds UFO spotted on Sydney’s northern beaches

Naughty and nude: Pre-school book shocks parents

BOOK TIME: A Sunshine Coast parent has been left reeling after coming across nude pictures in his son's school book.

Have you read this book to your kids?

Breastmilk brownies at school

You’ll never look at chocolate brownies the same way again.

Facebook post raises curious questions about what's in school cakes

Karl Stefanovic breaks his silence on divorce, new love

KARL Stefanovic faced a huge backlash when he began a new relationship five months after his marriage ended. Now he’s explained what happened.

What's on the small screen this week

Matty J and Osher Gunsberg in a scene from The Bachelor.

WINNERS will be crowned on MasterChef and Australian Ninja Warrior.

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

Popular beauty blogger run off the internet for racist comment

Outrage as Ninja Warrior cuts Australia's fittest man

Adelaide’s James Newbury was mysteriously cut from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.

Australia's fittest man wasn’t good enough for Ninja Warrior.

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Maggie Beer pictured in a scene from her TV special Maggie in Japan.

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine in new TV show.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.