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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Government fails to support dying at home in Northern Rivers

Approaching the subject of dying is always tricky, often awkward, and never easy. But when you are faced with caring for someone at the end of their life, it helps if you can find support from people who have already navigated the path.

Kingscliff man charged over rape allegations

Tweed Byron police have arrested a 35-year-old Kingscliff man over rape allegations.

Meet local firies and save lives, including your own

Meeting local firefighters and learning about home fire prevention is really important and more so in recent times and into the future.

Why do we destroy what we love?

Nan Nicholson, The Channon I have been an environmental activist for over 50 years (I started when I was a...

Native Title declared on Evans Head after 25-year fight

Last week the court met on Evans Head, where 52 small parcels of land covering a total of 7.2 square kilometres were given native title.

Working-Holiday-VisaAre you receiving the award wage? Or as an employer of a visa holder, are you paying them enough?

It’s a question that accompanied last week’s visit by Fair Work and sought to highlight the exploitation of young, vulnerable workers who work in the hospitality, agriculture or retail sectors. Fair Work is a federal agency that monitors and prosecutes employers that underpay workers.

Overseas Workers’ team director Carey Trundle told The Echo the visit was part of a year-long inquiry into the wages and conditions of overseas workers on 417 working holiday visa. ‘We are responding to allegations that some unscrupulous employers are exploiting backpackers on working holidays.’ To see if you are being paid award rates, and also to see what you should be paying staff, visit www.fairwork.gov.au.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

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