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March 31, 2023

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Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

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We’re coming to cycle

Our small cycling group is headed your way (20-24 March) to experience the newly-opened Northern Rivers Rail Trail and...

Lismore Council wants you to have your say

Lismore City Council is inviting residents and members of the community to contribute to Your Say Lismore, an innovative online platform that creates a two-way conversation between the community and Council. 

Cartoon of the week – 29 March 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.

Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A fluid God

Why is the ultra-right targeting trans kids? Opportunistic neo-Nazis are using transphobia as their PR exercise. Like abortion, trans issues, and in particular issues around schools and the rights of trans kids, are emotionally charged. For those who have chosen bigotry and fear over acceptance and inclusion, polarised viewpoints create ignition points for hate and violence.

Byron Shire has 200 road projects in waiting

The incoming NSW Labor government says it will spend billions on the state’s roads, but will some of the cash find its way to the hundreds of flood-ravaged roads in the Byron Shire?

The Byron Bay Winter Whales are understandably proud that this year’s Byron Shire Community Event Award went to their annual Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic. Held on the first Sunday in May each year this event, along with the shorter Westpac Mini-swim, is not only a great ocean swim event but the money raised from it is distributed to selected charities and local organisations. These include local water-based clubs, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, The Salvos, Cancer Support Groups, Ambo’s etc. who have to-date benifited from the distribution of some 434,000 odd dollars.

Event Co-ordinator, Rob Elvy, was quick to praise the small band of Winter Whales who have conducted this event 24 times so far and noted that it could not have happened so successfully each and every one of those times without the support of the Byron Bay Surf Club on the water and the Swimming Club in the registration area on the day.

‘Our list of sponsors, most of them long-term, are a valuable asset to the results we achieve each year. The participation of the ocean swimming community from the local area, the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and inceasingly more from Sydney and Melbourne is also testiment to the committment of the organisers and for this award to be granted to our event is further validation of the original idea, back in 1988, to run an annual charity swim in the Bay.’

Registrations are open for this year’s event. Go to their website to download an entry form.

Echonetdaily is a proud sponsor of the Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic.


Image: The Elite Superfish look to Main Beach while waiting for the start of the Swim Classic’s ultimate event in 2010. Photo Tree Faerie.

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