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One person is in ICU with covid in the Northern Rivers region

There is one person in ICU in the Northern NSW Local Health District and 23 people in hospital with COVID-19. 

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the...

North Coast Festival of Flavour

Organisers of the North Coast Festival of Flavour on 3–5 June 2022 say it’s not to be missed, as...

Inflated Scomo

During his term, Scomo made plenty of decisions that helped lead us to the inflation we face today. When...

Cartoon of the week – 25 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.

Pension protector?

Powerful Protector of the Pension? Well, not exactly… ABC Fact Check has looked closely at claims made by local MP,...

Race action at the TVSC Mother’s Day meet

A dedicated fleet of 13 boats took to the water for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s (TVSC) Winter series on Mother’s Day earlier this month.

A Wellbeing well-wisher

Your interviewer is a sweet person with potential, but when she ends up her story on the Starlight Festival by saying she’s from Melbourne and it’s not the sort of thing you’d see on your average street corner, she’s quite wrong. I’d say there is a new age event in a local town hall twice a month.

They’re not as good as Raym’s event – as he is an expert at putting these shows on and gathering a diverse group of healers, etc – but they really are everywhere. This girl has decided that, because they are not in her experience, then they are not there – quite untrue.

She probably does not know of our magazine either, albeit we’ve been in publication for 22.5 years now.

Elizabeth Jewell Stephens Editor

LivingNow magazine 

Editors note: In case readers missed it last the week, follow this link to view Nicole and Sharon Shostak’s coverage of the Expo.

Politics bad for mental health

The Gillard government has openly espoused that their last announced budget will hold great improvements for mental health care in Australia.  This declaration is a deception.

The truth is that from 1 November 2011 the number of Medicare-rebated psychology sessions (Better Access initiative) that an individual can access has now been slashed from 18 sessions per calendar year to 10 sessions per calendar year.  This leaves the most vulnerable people in Australia with very limited mental health care.

There is no doubt that increased suicide rates, risky behaviours and a rise in unemployment will be the product of such an irresponsible decision. This is a cost-cutting measure that is nothing short of callous and it constitutes a complete ruination of mental health services to the Australian people.

Andrea Haddock, Psychologist, Murwillumbah

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North Coast Festival of Flavour

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Organic avocados at the farmers markets

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Frida’s Field: nose-to-tail lunch

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Tweed Council ‘opt in’ to States agritourism – with conditions

The ‘confusing’ Agritourism SEPP was once again back on the table at last week's Tweed Council meeting as Cr Firth pushed to 'opt-out' over the State government's lack detail on conditions.