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Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Call to extend Job Keeper for live music industry

Blues Festival organiser Peter Noble has joined calls for the government to step forward and Save our Stages and support musicians and workers in the live music industry as they struggle to make ends meet.

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Sol of Mullumbimby

I love walking through cemeteries. I love to read the gravestones. They are like the first and last page of a novel whose contents I will never know. Here lies many from my community; they were born, lived, and then lost. They were loved. This evening I am walking with my 11-year-old daughter and my husband through Mullumbimby’s cemetery. It is a quiet and beautiful place. I feel the stories rumbling under our feet. I never understand why people see these places as creepy. They are places of reverence and remembering.

Ballina News

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

From Young to Ballina: the Eoin and Barry story

Ballina councillor Eoin Johnston and local legend Barry Saxby have a long history together, as Echonetdaily discovered when Barry's race-walking champion daughter Kerry Saxby-Junna was honoured in Ballina last week.

Access to capital critical for small business

Many businesses and in particular small business, have been really struggling under the weight of COVID-19 and with the rollback of Jobkeeper, things have just gotten tougher.

Three day lockdown for Greater Brisbane announced

The Queensland Government has announced that Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to ensure the UK strain of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community.

PM Morrison on vaccine rollout plan

The Australian Government has again brought forward the proposed rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Entertainment

Interview with Austen Tayshus

Austentayshus is one of our fiercest satiricists. Speaking the unspeakable, the unflappable self-confessed provocateur is back for three shows in the New Year. 

Interview with Michael Cormick

One of the great unexpected gifts of COVID-19 is that it grounded so many incredible artists. People who would usually be overseas working or touring nationally. Many of them have had to reimagine their creative outputs in a much smaller setting. One such person is Michael Cormick.

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.

Suffolk bike track project maintains trajectory

Almost every Council meeting throws up hard decisions that must be courageously tackled, such as resolving competing community uses of public land.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Sol of Mullumbimby

I love walking through cemeteries. I love to read the gravestones. They are like the first and last page of a novel whose contents I will never know. Here lies many from my community; they were born, lived, and then lost. They were loved. This evening I am walking with my 11-year-old daughter and my husband through Mullumbimby’s cemetery. It is a quiet and beautiful place. I feel the stories rumbling under our feet. I never understand why people see these places as creepy. They are places of reverence and remembering.

Make Politics Boring Again

The new year is still looking awfully like 2020 Part II: The Suckening.

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Cartoon of the week – 23 December, 2020

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Lismore a ‘natural disaster area’ and Northern NSW get disaster assistance

The prime minister has declared Lismore a natural disaster area and councils throughout the Northern Rivers have been provided with disaster assistance.

Cartoon of the week – 16 December, 2020

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Letters

Of concrete & canals

Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay A sharp-eyed observer sent me a link to a paywalled article advancing the conversion of the...

Mullum gravity mains

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The Water & Waste Sewer Advisory Committee (WWSAC) submitted to the elected council that a five-year...

Growing underclass

Jo Faith, Newtown According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every single human has a right to be housed....

Cartoon of the week – 20 January, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Nice try Anastasia!

Graham Mathews, Possum Creek  I read with interest Anastasia’s insistence that the recent Qld outbreak of the new ‘super strain’...

Holiday let reality

Doug Luke – Coordinator VOHL, Woodburn John Gudgeon, president of the Holiday Letting Organisation Byron, can’t face the reality that...

Local News

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Be alert for tick fever

Following the confirmation of tick fever in cattle on two properties in the Tweed area, North Coast Local Land Services and NSW Department of Primary Industries are reminding producers to be alert to the risk and practice good farm biosecurity.

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as...

From Young to Ballina: the Eoin and Barry story

Ballina councillor Eoin Johnston and local legend Barry Saxby have a long history together, as Echonetdaily discovered when Barry's race-walking champion daughter Kerry Saxby-Junna was honoured in Ballina last week.

Print Edition

DA approval raises concerns over landslips and flooding

Council’s willingness to defend residents’ amenity and properties has been raised by concerned locals and residents following the outcome of the land and environment court case in Bian Court, Ocean Shores.

From high fashion to flowers, fruit and veggie farming

Briana Atkins was only two weeks old when her...

Did Reflections hire police to shut down the drum circle?

Locals gathered at the regular drumming circle at Torakina Park in Brunswick Heads on January 3 were disappointed but not surprised when the police arrived.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 20 January, 2021

Australia's adopted son, Arj Barker, says ‘Come revel in a positive and nurturing, almost womb-like comedic experience! Together we’ll create an environment where I know it’s okay to fail, because of your unconditional acceptance. And therefore I can take chances, and come up with brand new insta-classics, unhindered by fear and insecurity. Join me, special friend, and become part of The Process.’
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Sport

Lismore Thistles sign Coach of the Year to lead Premier League team

Lismore Thistles have signed 2020 Northern NSW Coach of the Year, Chris Layland, to take charge of the men’s Premier League team for the upcoming 2021 season.

Re-booted academy for elite footballers looking forward to a big year

The Northern Rivers Football Academy is fielding more teams this year and is set to go from strength to strength according to senior coach Gavin Whitney.

Mikey wins Coffs Harbour Open

Ross Kendall Lennox Head surfer Mikey McDonagh won the inaugural Coffs Harbour Open – stop...

No stopping croquet at Cherry Street

Ross Kendall The Ballina Cherry Street Croquet Club has had a busy and successful membership...
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Good Life

Three young blokes having a crack at a dream

Story & photos Eve Jeffery Going into business can sometimes be hard work on top...

From high fashion to flowers, fruit and veggie farming

Briana Atkins was only two weeks old when her parents decided to leave Brisbane...

At Esperanza Farm you can taste the difference

Story & Photo Melissa Butters Down at Esperanza Farm, you’ll find Jerrod and Susana Henderson...

The big gardeners bringing the good goods to markets

Story & photo Melissa Butters Maree and Kenrick at Wiccawood supply certified organic vegetables, edible...
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Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

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Jeff Rake, Byron On the front page of last week’s...

Make Politics Boring Again

The new year is still looking awfully like 2020 Part II: The Suckening.