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May 25, 2022

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Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

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Up to five times the average rainfall during 2022 in some areas says BOM

The formal record of the extreme rainfall and flooding was released today by the Bureau of Meteorology with some areas of south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales having five times their monthly average of rain. 

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.

Bittersweet announcement about koalas

Bitter in its necessity and sweet in the action it might prompt, it has been announced today that koalas have been listed as Endangered under the Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Lismore community

First let me say how incredibly proud, inspired and supported I feel as part of the Lismore and Northern...

Tibetan anniversary

May 23  marks 71 years since the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army invaded and commenced  the...

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.

With just over four weeks to go, local swimmers are gearing up for the 25th annual Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic and the Westpac Mini-Swim. The event is proudly sponsored by Echonetdaily.

The two events will happen on 6 May, and entry forms can be submitted online at www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au.

Should you wish to mail in your form, and either cheque or money order, you can pick up an entry form from the local Byron Bay Swimming Pool entrance, the Beach Hotel bottle shop or reception at Bay Royal Apartments.

The Winter Whales are on the Surf Club deck from 9.30 to 10.30am each Sunday morning should you like to drop by and enter there as well.

The Ocean Swim Classic is an approximately 2km swim from Wategos Beach, around The Pass and across the Bay to Main Beach and is open to 12-year-olds and over. The Mini-Swim is a fun event to introduce swimmers to the joys of ocean swimming, is around 800m from Clarkes Beach to Main Beach, and is open to swimmers from the age of nine years.


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Up to five times the average rainfall during 2022 in some areas says BOM

The formal record of the extreme rainfall and flooding was released today by the Bureau of Meteorology with some areas of south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales having five times their monthly average of rain. 

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

The postal vote that never arrived

At 91, there are many things that you can no longer do, but one of the things you still can do is have your voice heard in an election – but not for at least one Byron Shire resident.

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.