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Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

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Developers request to build manufactured homes onsite in Tweed refused

Requests for a review of conditions in relation to the building and further development of manufactured homes at 30 Fraser Drive, Tweed Heads South were both refused at last week’s Tweed Shire planning meeting. 

Cartoon of the week – 11 May, 2022

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.

The shock of Lismore

As two Bendigoians, visiting Northern NSW over the past ten days, we quite expected to see flood damage in...

Multi-agency search continues for missing man

NSW Police say a search is continuing this morning for a man who went missing in a creek overnight.

Lismore Council votes on the Future Water Project 2060 – again

Looking at Lismore's the never-ending issue of water – not enough or too much – there was yet another vote about its future on Tuesday evening.

Spaghetti kids benefit from community support

If you haven’t heard of Spaghetti Circus, then you’re just not a local – and like many locals, the circus has suffered on many levels because of recent flood events.


The beautiful (if disease, low wages and environmental destruction are your thing) golden arches are coming to the gateway to Wollumbin – Murwillumbah – which will henceforth be known as Mc Murwillumbah. If this repulses you then the Caldera Environment Centre need your help – and quickly.

On the other hand thousands of people can stop for a McDoodle burger for the next thousand years as they drive toward the region’s most sacred site.

A McDonald’s is proposed for the gateway to Wollumbin, the entrance to Murwillumbah. It will have a negative cumulative effect on businesses, residents and visitors and we must stop it from going ahead, which is very hard if no-one knows about it.

This development can only be stopped by a massive outpouring of public dissent and submissions opposing this forwarded to the [Tweed Shire] council [by] 18 November.

So if you have environmentalist friends please make some calls as time is running out. Corporate greed never ends.

Thank you for your support in this regard.

Kim Thompson

[email protected]


Editors note: The application is on exhibition at Tweed Shire offices at Council’s Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centres. Inspection may be undertaken during ordinary office hours. Objections can be mailed to PO Box 816 Murwillumbah 2484 or emailed to [email protected].

Any submission objecting to the proposed development must state the grounds upon which such objection is made.

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