School's out as 50,000 NSW teachers stop work

PARENTS are being encouraged to find alternative care for students as about 50,000 New South Wales public school teachers stop work on Thursday morning.

REVEALED: The best Christmas tree in the Northern Rivers

Kyogle's Christmas tree 2016.

Northern Rivers residents have spoken

6,603 lightning strikes hit the Northern Rivers overnight

Lightning map from the Lightning Maps website showing the number of strikes over the last 24 hours.

Lightning map shows strikes across the region overnight

Coffs touted as medical marijuana trials begin in NSW

The Federal Government has moved to legalise medical marijuana, with the onus now on the state governments to follow suit.

NSW cancer patients can now apply for medical marijuana trial

Is this child sex offender too old for jail?

Former St Johns College Woodlawn teacher James Doran has been found guilty of committing a series of sex crimes against students.

Guilty of dozens of sex crimes, James Doran may never see prison

North Coast focus to help save koalas

FALLING NUMBERS: A whole-of-government approach is recommended to stabilise the koala population in New South Wales.

Chief scientist recommends whole-of-government approachc

Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Nationals will not stop Essential Energy job cuts

Essential Energy workers are facing forced redundancies within weeks, according to unions.

Nationals leader rules out blocking Essential Energy's 600 job cuts

REVEALED: What Palmer Coolum Resort looks like now

Clive Palmer says he has no plans at the moment to sell Palmer Coolum Resort.

Clive denies claims resort is "embarrassing, rundown eyesore”

Anger over FIFO workers lures LNG plants to local jobs talks

FIFO SHOCK: Revelations of FIFO recruitment at GLNG spark outrage.

Curtis Island's LNG plants to enter talks on local jobs

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Company profits come in below expectations for Sept quarter

Company profits rose by 1% in the September quarter

Plan to transform prison into Buddhist centre inches closer

The Darling Downs Correctional Centre has sold for $800,000.

Buddhists have big plans for Westbrook

Amazon opening store that will eliminate checkout lines

Checkout lines may be a thing of the past

Worst damage in 30 years: Iconic lighthouse out of action

THE landmark lighthouse could stay dark tonight after severe lightning "obliterated" a circuit breaker during the storms last night.

Sprinkle of rain over bushfire gives firies a breather

Firies stood down temporarily due to inability to backburn

P Plater clocked at 130km/h while drunk

P platein rear windowPhoto: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

P Plater clocked at 130km/h while drunk

Military-style shark first aid kits on stand-by for surfers

Specialised shark kits will be on stand-by when the Byron Bay Boardriders paddle out tomorrow.

"As club president I have a responsibility to protect members”

Where there's a will, there's $75,000 for orphanage

A man has left a third of his $232,000 estate to the Grafton orphanage.

St Joseph's Cowper children's home receives $75,000 from will

Baird bunny-hops on bicycle ID plan

New laws for passing cyclists are now in place.

NSW Government puts brakes on plan to force cyclists to carry ID

Alleged drink driver: 'If I killed myself, so be it'

NSW police breath testing drink driver. 07 October 2016

Woman allegedly three-times the limit remains unapologetic

Hanson on One Nation split: 'It's not teamwork'

Pauline Hanson makes her maiden speech in Federal Parliament. (Screenshot ABC)

It appears Rod Culleton has all but split from One Nation

Angler catches boat-sized bull shark, pats it

BIG CATCH: Tony Lenthall with his large 3m bull shark caught in the Nambucca River on Sunday.

AFTER years of trying Tony Lenthall finally got the one he was after

Delirium: Why pills could cause more harm than good

Delirium robs dying people of their autonomy and dignity

Barnaby Joyce calls for Adler shotguns for shooters

Barnaby Joyce... wants relaxations on Adler shotgun

State justice ministers could decide on issue on Friday

'Gooligan' hack hitting 13,000 Android phones per day

A Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

About 13,000 android phones are being breached daily by 'Gooligan'.

Tony Abbott hits out as his Green Army gets scrapped

If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.

Abbott hits out as Green Army finds its way onto the chopping block

PETA calls for kangaroo puncher to be prosecuted

The man and the kangaroo stood toe-to-toe before he threw a right-hand punch. Image: Steven Stubenrauch/Facebook.

Hunting trip had been organised for sick young man

Police ordered to pay compo under Racial Discrimination Act

An Indigenous family has won a racism court claim

YouTube star reveals he is deleting his YouTube channel

“YouTube is trying to kill my channel. It is clear."

Is Banksy in New Zealand taunting John Key?

A curious image of John Key has popped up overnight

The hipster nativity scene for today's baby Jesus

Joseph and Mary take a selfie with their newborn baby Jesus

The Qld spot where lightning strikes all the time

A guide shows off the rocks created by lightning strikes on Moreton Island.

Rock is evidence of repeated strikes in Queensland spot

Roma's so hot, they're frying eggs on the street

COOKED: Roma's streets are hot enough to cook an egg.

To see how hot it really is, we tried cooking an egg on the road.

Horrifying clip emerges of teen dangling from cruise ship

A video has emerged of a teen dangling from the side of a ship

OPINION: NRL pay dispute a disaster

Ashley Robinson at Alexandra Headland Surf Club.

OPINION: Tugboat gives his take on the NRL pay dispute

Police use Nickelback album to threaten drink drivers

Police are threatening criminals with Nickelback.

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Ricky Gervais: There's 'no point' marrying Jane Fallon

RICKY Gervais "doesn't see the point" in marrying Jane Fallon.

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks