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December 3, 2021


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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

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Calming Curry

Live music has been in short supply for a while, and like many other things you may not have...

Which values are important for the region?

Public opinion sure is divided about the Dunoon Dam (the DuD). Clearly it does not have sufficient social licence...

Nothing cute about the Frogbit alien invasion

Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) is an invasive, smothering waterweed that poses a serious environmental threat which has been found in the Richmond River and at Chinderah.

Pryce Allsop seeks reelection for Tweed Council

Cr Pryce Allsop was a Conservative member of the previous Tweed Shire Council and hails from Murwillumbah.

Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are...

Election week sees Vanessa Ekins doing her blocky

Enjoying a few precious minutes break in an election week is a real luxury and Lismore mayoral candidate and current Mayor Vanessa Ekins managed to fit an Echo interview in between her TAFE Auslan course and the pre-poll station on Woodlark Street.

New Years Eve is celebrated in many individual ways. Some ignore it, some welcome the chance for silent reflection, some seek to enhance the moment by going to the top of the mountain or a lighthouse; some like a community celebration; and some won’t be satisfied until they’ve spent two days with celebrities snorting cocaine off each other’s naked bodies.

If you’ve come to Byron from the ‘big city’ for the holidays, you’re probably going to be in the more laidback mode, though there’s plenty of stylish entertainment around here to help you to make a night of it. But if you’ve rented out your Wategos pad to holidaymakers and are looking for some way to (legally) spend all that money, Pier One Sydney Harbour has a deal for you.

With ‘uninterrupted views of Australia’s famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-renowned New Years Eve fireworks, for only $499, the all-inclusive ticket will give partygoers access to all you can eat street-food-style stalls and drinks all night from the selection of pop-up bars. With Sydney’s best music providing the soundtrack to your night, New Years Eve at Pier One is going to be the party to end all parties!’ they say.

Photo by Jarrad Seng.
Photo by Jarrad Seng.

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