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Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

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Primex 2022 postponed due to floods and weather

The Primex 2022 Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo due to take place 19 to 21 May has been postponed following both the recent flooding and predicted adverse weather conditions. 

A passion for oysters

Almost all our community have been affected by the floods in one way or another, but oyster farmers are particularly vulnerable to flooding. When you’re an oyster farmer, the rain only has to reach 30mm in 24 hours before a 21-day closure period is put in place. Even then, the water testing has to meet the highest standards for ensuring freedom from pollutants before you are allowed to continue.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, Rob Marks

Rob Marks lives in the Tweed Shire, owns a small business and is running on Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party ticket for the federal seat of Richmond.

One from the Heart bringing people together

With a lineup including Grinspoon, Lime Cordiale, Paul and Dan Kelly, Sheppard, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, Lismore's One from the Heart concert went ahead yesterday in patchy weather and mud, mud and more mud.

Mystery surrounds One Nation candidate for Richmond

Less than a week out from a Richmond Meet the Candidates forum to be held in Byron Bay next Monday, mystery surrounds the One Nation candidate and her connection to the electorate.

About that insert last week…

Regarding the eight page pamphlet inserted into last week’s newspaper by advertiser Tom Barnett; it was not produced by The Echo.

Simon Haslam

Byron’s marketing message does influence the sort of people we attract, hopefully the sort of tourists that will respect and benefit our region.

Unfortunately for the planet, no-one has arrived in the Byron region by hand-hewn balsawood raft since 1973, with most driving or, worse still, flying and driving.

However, anyone who is driving to Byron in a Tesla has at least invested a significant amount of their own money (they cost $100,000+) into helping to save the planet, so who wouldn’t want more of those people around? The Byron at Byron resort’s patrons can charge their Teslas free of cost, courtesy of their two 22kW Tesla connectors.

The resort’s Heath Batterham said, ‘Most of the Teslas currently reach us from the local area, Brisbane or the Gold Coast, because of the range restrictions but the great news is that we have helped create a network that would allow drivers to reach us from Sydney or Melbourne in the south or the Sunshine Coast in the north.

We are very excited to be part of the important future of our planet.’

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COVID-19 update: May 16

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2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.