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$10 million-dollar Resilient Kids program for Northern Rivers

Thousands of Northern Rivers youth and at least 75 schools are expected to benefit from a $10 million-dollar federal government grant aimed at strengthening community resilience.

Ballina rally against domestic violence this Friday

Police and Rotarians are inviting people on the Northern Rivers to wear purple and join them in speaking out against domestic violence this Friday in Ballina.

Byron Council dependent on government grants for survival, audit shows

Byron Council continues to rely heavily on State and Federal Government grants for its financial sustainability, a financial audit has shown.

Red imported fire ants in South Murwillumbah update

Following the eradication of the five red imported fire ants nests at South Murwillumbah on the weekend, the State Government says it has been further implementing its fire ant plan by focusing on tracing, surveillance and educating local businesses and the community.

Joel Taylor crowned parasurfer champ

Lennox Head parasurfer, Joel Taylor, has been crowned World Champion (prone division) after dominating a week of surf- ing against an international field at California’s Hunting- ton Beach.

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: End Patriarchy. End Violence.

When I was six years old my father was killed in a car accident. By then I had witnessed countless incidents of domestic violence. I had seen my father physically and verbally abusing my mother. I had been locked in a room for safety, only to have the door smashed in with a chair. I’ve seen my mother pushed. I’ve seen her punched. I’ve heard her crying and begging. I’ve felt the fear. I’ve heard people whispering about me. I’ve felt the shame. 

Retrofit now for looming heat waves

With the warmest week being recorded globally, RMIT’s Dr Trivess Moore is encouraging home owners to prepare.

Plastics consumption feeding climate crisis

Groundbreaking research into the climate costs of Australia’s plastic addiction shows that the plastic consumed across the nation in just one year produces more greenhouse gas emissions than one third of our car fleet.

Tong stands with Torres Strait over climate action

Former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has been visiting communities in the Torres Strait between to stand alongside Uncle Paul Kabai on Saibai island and Uncle Pabai Pabai on Boigu island as they bring the landmark Australian Climate Case against the Australian government.

Entertainment

Interview with Jack Johnson: A career worth having

Ahead of his Bluesfest 2024 show, last week Seven spoke to Jack Johnson from his home in Hawaii.

Celebrating 30 years of Byron Community College

It’s fair to say that Byron Community College is a bit of an institution and a much-loved asset for the local folks of the Byron Shire. With over three decades dedicated to education, creating opportunities and fostering resilience in the Northern Rivers, it’s a collaborative achievement made possible with the support and generosity of the wonderful local community.

Retrospective

The end of fun: David Lovejoy concludes the story of the The Echo’s early years

While the drama of general manager Max Eastcott’s departure was playing out, The Echo passed its tenth birthday, and we marked the jubilee with a fourth awards night.

$10 million-dollar Resilient Kids program for Northern Rivers

Thousands of Northern Rivers youth and at least 75 schools are expected to benefit from a $10 million-dollar federal government grant aimed at strengthening community resilience.

Editorial– Byron Council’s $250k deficit

Among the many pressing issues on the agenda are budget adjustments, which are proposed by James Brickley, Council’s Manager Finance. 

Will Albo go to an early election?

Will Albo go to an early election? Anthony Albanese has been ‘hoist by his own petard’, meaning he is about to be blown up by the [political] explosives that he planted. 

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Ballina rally against domestic violence this Friday

Police and Rotarians are inviting people on the Northern Rivers to wear purple and join them in speaking out against domestic violence this Friday in Ballina.

The secret love life of the echidna

How do echidnas make love? Carefully… of course!

Byron Council dependent on government grants for survival, audit shows

Byron Council continues to rely heavily on State and Federal Government grants for its financial sustainability, a financial audit has shown.

Letters

Doesn’t pass pub test

The Scarrabelotti family donated to Council a special corner of their land at Coorabell. It’s so everyone could enjoy...

Flood preparation

Isn’t it important to give people in Lismore some straightforward advice on what to do when the next floods...

4WD access at South Ballina Beach

It has come to my attention that at the next Ballina Council meeting on Thursday, November 23, there will...

‘Ceasefire Now’ rally

I am writing to express my concern regarding the recent ‘Ceasefire Now’ rally held at Main Beach, Byron which,...

Cartoon of the week – 22 November 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Our values on Gaza?

‘This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make...

Local News

Dangerously Poetic launches ‘Paper People’

Dangerously Poetic Press is launching their 16th publication, Paper People, by Kathryn Boorman. 

Win for Cabbage Tree Island community

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has secured a review of the NSW Labor Government’s decision which dispossessed the Aboriginal community of Cabbage Tree Island from their traditional lands, with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris now committing to a 'future on the island' for residents.

Zonta Orange Ladies coming to the Northern Rivers

Eliminating violence against women is the focus of Zonta’s upcoming 16-days of activism that will see Zonta Orange Ladies in key locations around the Northern Rivers.

Water restrictions delayed across Lismore, Ballina, Richmond Valley and Byron Shires

November rains have delayed activation of Level 1 water restrictions for the region, say water utility Rous County Council.

Current Print Edition

Height increase repeat for Byron Bay CBD?

Just two weeks after Byron Council took a stand against developers repeatedly applying for incremental height breaches in Byron Bay, another proponent is trying its luck with a similar application.

Editorial– Byron Council’s $250k deficit

Among the many pressing issues on the agenda are budget adjustments, which are proposed by James Brickley, Council’s Manager Finance. 

Doesn’t pass pub test

The Scarrabelotti family donated to Council a special corner...

New local whisky aged in viognier casks

The third whisky released by local distillers Brookies, Viognier...

Sport

Big season finish for Byron Bay cyclists

Mat Johnson The Byron Bay Cycling Club (BBCC) wrapped up its competitive racing calendar for...

Front runners emerge in Coastal Cricket league

Byron Bay second-grade cricketers continued their winning streak last Saturday and are now just...

Marisa takes on 621km Melanoma Walk

Margaret Pierce Ballina’s Marisa Worling is about to undertake a marathon walk from Merimbula on...

Local Pararoo ready for the World Cup

Local Benny Roche played with the Australian Pararoos in the recent Asia-Oceania Championships in...

Good Life

Byronian wanders down street

After a ten-year hiatus, iconic Byron cafe The Byronian (est. 1978) has returned with...

Kangkung and Ceylon spinach

Victoria Cosford I’d never heard of kangkung until Ryan Bruin mentioned it to me. This...

Celebrate a native food Christmas with Mindy Woods & Santos Organics

A time for culture and connection at the table – Santos Organics are excited...

New local whisky aged in viognier casks

The third whisky released by local distillers Brookies, Viognier Cask has a deep hue...
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$10 million-dollar Resilient Kids program for Northern Rivers

Thousands of Northern Rivers youth and at least 75 schools are expected to benefit from a $10 million-dollar federal government grant aimed at strengthening community resilience.

Next wave of authors put pen to paper

This month, four lucky participants embarked on a five-day writing adventure, the Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship 2023. 

Dangerously Poetic launches ‘Paper People’

Dangerously Poetic Press is launching their 16th publication, Paper People, by Kathryn Boorman.