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Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

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Veteran-led flood recovery operation launched

Disaster Relief Australia, a veteran-led organisation, has launched a flood recovery operation in a bit to help Northern Rivers residents recover from catastrophic flooding.

Ballina knit-in for Wrap With Love

Yesterday a big group of knitters responded to Ballina Library's call for a knit-in to help the charity Wrap With Love keep people warm this winter.

Bundjalung Nghari – contemporary Bundjalung stories 

Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise features Rhoda Roberts AO and words by Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Ella Noah Bancroft, Daniel...

Lismore Council votes against supporting Assange

At Tuesday's Council meeting Councillor Guise proposed a motion that Council writes to the Federal Government, Prime Minister and relevant Ministers denouncing the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK and urging the Prime Minister to make a public statement denouncing the extradition.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

Kids Big Day Out at the Byron Writers Festival 2022

If you are a kid, or you know a kid who loves books, reading and creativity, then Byron Writers Festival’s ‘Kids Big Day Out’ on Sunday 28 August is the ultimate event for you!

Hamish Broome, Goonellabah

Note the tail of the second last par in the cover story by Eve Jeffery in the Byron Echo: ‘This closure further diminishes any claim they had to be a multinational providing local employment.’

That’s blatant opinion, it’s not attributed to anyone, and it’s untrue.

I am a local family man who has benefited from stable full-time work at The Northern Star and we are all local people doing our best to support the local community and report what’s important to them.

We encourage people to buy local and we ourselves are locals.

Don’t mind that you reported the closure of course – it’s news. But I don’t appreciate the tone of that line at all.

You are right – that sentence should not have slipped through. The loss of jobs with the closure of the APN print plant, on top of the recent cuts to local staff in APN’s local weeklies and the closure after 123 years of APN’s Tweed daily publication are of concern to the whole community. Even The Echo has had to close our Tweed weekly and move staff to our daily online publication, so those of us with jobs need to stay on the ball. – Ed


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