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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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COVID update: two new cases in Lismore and fragments in Byron’s STP

The Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, today say that two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for the District to 8pm, 23 October.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Masters of disasters

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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

Black bellied whale sighted at Ballina dubbed ‘Liquorice’

For years southern waters whale watchers have been keeping their eyes keen for Migaloo and his offspring, but just...

Rancho Relaxo

Although Jane Boniface says that everything she does is ‘a mistake’, she seems to have the knack of turning...

Wilf Sprengel, Ocean Shores

It’s time we ratepayers have our say and not have a council that carries on like the proverbial pork chop.

The Tyagrah nude beach dispute saw our mayor cast his vote in favour of the misbehaving nudists to carry on, not giving any thought to the majority of Tyagarah residents who pleaded for its closure.

It’s time that those councillors who voted against its closure are designated to the dustbin at the next Council election. Once this Shire was divided into wards – like the current Gold Coast Council – and we in Ocean Shores, like them, had councillors who pulled their weight behind positive popular ward wants and needs. Today our needs are still not listened to.

Several years ago when the NSW government was encouraging Shires to merge, at Ocean Shores we applied to the Tweed Council to take on board the section of Byron Shire north of the Brunswick River. After inspection the mayor of Tweed, Mr Boyd, publicly announced that they could not afford to take us on board as our infrastructure was that poor.

Nothing has changed, it is still disgusting that we are considering a name change to ‘Pot Hole Shores’.

We are sick of petty fighting and pointless arguments. We are sick of Greens encouraging nude beaches, swimming and bike rides, and to cap it all off trying to introduce a nipple day. I would not be surprised if the next move will be for a prick day.

So at the next Council elections let’s see candidates who will remember they are the servants of the people.


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