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Fair Work blitz hits north coast

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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

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Historical truth

Some people choose to rewrite history when it suits them. Former mayor Simon Richardson has been telling people that...

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group A: Labor

The Echo asked all the Lismore election Councillor candidates to send in a bio. First cab off the rank was current Councillor Darlene Cook and Group A.

Telling girls they don’t like STEM halves their involvement at any age

Even children as young as six can develop ideas that girls don’t like computer science and engineering as much as boys – stereotypes that carry over into teenagerhood and contribute to gender gaps at university, according to a study published in PNAS.

Water security needed and that means we need to think beyond the traditional dam

As two professional engineers, each with over 40 years of experience in the water industry, we support Rous County Council’s decision to start tapping into underground water resources to meet the growing water supply needs of our region.

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by...

Entertainment in the Byron shire for the week beginning 1 December, 2021

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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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Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

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