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Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

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Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

This year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closed on March 21. Essential Energy says its thoughts are now turned toward to the 2024-25 season, and it has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Anti-Israel bias

Many locals have approached me to say how shocked they are at the extreme anti-Israel bias that is expressed...

Some spending cannot be questioned

The euphemisms were flying when Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles announced last week that an extra $50 billion would be spent on our military over the next decade, and that $72.8 billion of already announced spending would be redirected.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.

What’s happening in the rainforest’s Understory?

Springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays, Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre.

Not enough letters like this about Gaza in The Echo?

The Echo’s studied indifference to the plight of the Palestinians and its reluctance to publish letters on the subject...

The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell offers north coast theatregoers the chance to see Australian icon, Max Gillies, and TV favourites Samuel Johnson and Michala Banas like they’ve never seen them before.

Straightjacket Production co-founders, AFI award-winning actor Samuel Johnson and director Lucy Freeman, fell in love with The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell the first time they read it, and they believe Australian theatre audiences will too. The 2013 tour is a remount of the company’s highly successful 2011 production in Melbourne, which featured John Wood in the title role.

A suburban hermit’s life unravels when confronted by his own dark secrets in this suspenseful, and often hilarious, drama.

Under an ochre sky something happened at Mt Ragged. Celebrated bush poet Daniel Gartrell’s most analysed poem is missing its final verse and the events that occurred at Mt Ragged are a mystery. Now an enigma, Gartrell lives as a recluse in the suburbs and his only contact is with his daughter.

Gartrell is at home, thinking very oblique thoughts when an emerging actor from Bondi knocks on his door. Ambitious and optimistic, he has been cast to play Gartrell in a biographical movie, and in his research for the role, is ready for anything… or so he thinks. Gartrell leads him on a merry chase, evading inquiries and playing unhinged mind games. The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell is a humorous, thought-provoking and quintessentially Australian story that presents a different journey from the one you imagined.

Haunting of Daniel Gartrell is coming to NORPA at Lismore City Hall Friday August 23 & Saturday August 24, 7.30pm. Tickets: $20–$47.

For more information or to book go to http://norpa.org.au/events/the-haunting-of-daniel-gartrell/. 


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Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

This year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closed on March 21. Essential Energy says its thoughts are now turned toward to the 2024-25 season, and it has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she implied that it may largely...