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May 20, 2022


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Richmond candidates 2022: The Greens, Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan needs little introduction to most readers of The Echo, where she has a weekly column. She is a comedian and journalist running as a candidate for The Greens in the federal seat of Richmond.

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$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round. 

Opinion: It’s time to kick Morrison out

'Grifters come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of background. This one is used to skipping just a step ahead of impending disaster and exposure. Many times in marketing and politics, which he sees as identical pursuits, his nimble lies have saved his career.' 

Police appeal for missing woman

Lismore Police are appealing to the public for assistance in locating Missing Person, Emily Eden Lazzaroni.

Rorts unlimited

Commuter car park rorts, sports rorts, emissions reduction scheme rorts (that don’t reduce emissions) and bike track rorts. The...

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Final foreshore picnic?

Brunswick Heads residents are gathering at Ferry Reserve Foreshore next Sunday 27 November at 10.30am to highlight encroachment issues and the impact of road closures by Ferry Caravan Park management.

Michele and Sarah will walk, talk, discuss and answer questions about the issues and our options for retaining the foreshore as open recreational space for future generations.

This may be our last chance to picnic and play on the Ferry foreshore as the compulsory acquisition of road reserves deadline is 29 November.

There is no-one else but us to save these parks and reserves for our community!

Michele Grant

Foreshore Protection Group



Help at hand for library plan

If you’re confused about the Regional Library, you’re not alone. This Lismore City Council takeover must be downright baffling to readers and library card-holders alike.

Even councillors in all four Regional Library councils are obviously struggling to come to grips with the history, complexity and the reams of Lismore spin flying around.

One local councillor, not even a member of the Library Committee, Ballina’s Cr Jeff Johnson, has met the problem with head-on common sense that is both simple and elegant. Jeff contacted the NSW State Library directly, the department responsible for the administration of all libraries in NSW, to ask for help in finding a way forward.

By showing real initiative, he found out that the State Library will happily provide written advice to any of the four Regional Library councils free of charge. All that has to be done is to ask officially.

As a result Jeff has lodged a Notice of Motion to Ballina Council’s next meeting to officially ask the State Library ‘to advise (Ballina Council) on the future structure and management options available to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library’.

Yes, why not? I think that’s a pretty darn good idea. Get some free professional advice, right from the top.

I don’t know why the other three councils don’t do the same; after all, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Well done, Cr Jeff. I hope your Ballina colleagues take advantage of your good idea and support it unanimously this Thursday.

Alan Rich

Lennox Head


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