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April 23, 2021

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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

The Channon resilient after disaster

Northern Rivers communities are nothing if not resilient and The Channon community is preparing to take a proactive stance when it comes to disasters in the area.

Increase in remote access scams

Local financial institutions say there has been an increase in remote access scams experienced by customers recently.

When we tire of cooking up inaccurate, sensationalist headlines, some of us at The Echo like to nibble on Puremelt Chocolate Lounge vegan paleo cookies from their Stuart Street shop in Mullumbimby. As of today they are legally being produced with hemp oil instead of sunflower oil. Gradually, the heart-shaped cookies with the new ingredient will spread through their other stockists such as Santos, Pighouse Flicks, Green Coast Café in Ballina, the espresso bar in Ocean Shores and Pachamamas in Melbourne. Hemp foods, known for their high nutritional value but containing no THC, are finally legal for human consumption in Australia. Apparently, you don’t get high on them, not that we’d notice. And we’re not changing the headline.

Sarah and the heart-shaped cookies at Puremelt Chocolate
– photo by Cristina Sharratt


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Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

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East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.