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February 9, 2023

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Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

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Pothole protest gets immediate results

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Tamara Smith promises CCTV for Ballina CBD

Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith says that if re-elected next month she is committed to funding CCTV cameras to help police combat a worsening crime situation in Ballina's CBD.

A big month in the House

Back by popular demand is the Moontide Ensemble in their farewell show before heading overseas. The Moontide Ensemble returns to the Brunswick Picture House to perform their highly regarded audiovisual show. 

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

Ballina hosts Far North Coast swimming carnival

The Ballina RSL Swimming Club combined with Grafton and hosted the Far North Coast Zone Carnival at the Ballina...

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

Touma Cameron surfed his way to the semis of Australia’s leading grommet series. Photo Ethan Smith/SNSW

Crystal Cylinders

Five local junior surfers featured prominently at the Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final competing against some of Australia’s best and most promising at Woonoona Beach south of Wollongong last week.

While our area was well represented the results didn’t flow as expected for our highly ranked juniors.

Byron Bay’s Touma Cameron had the most success with a semifinal finish in the 14-boys division and only missed out on a podium finish by 0.18 of a point.

In the 12-boys division Harry O’Brien from Lennox Head also had a semifinal finish.

Other Lennox locals Jai Glinderman and Dembe Ryan both had quarterfinal finishes in the 14-boys division.

Juniper Harper from Lennox Head impressed at her first Gromsearch National Final with a solid quarterfinal finish.

One of the favourites for a win, Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head, had a slow heat in the quarter finals after a strong heat win in the opening round and was eliminated.

The Rip Curl GromSearch Series runs in over 10 countries and has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers right across the globe.

The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a national final. Participants for the national final are determined from the GromSearch ratings, counting a surfer’s best two results across the series.


The World Surf League Championship Tour for 2019 will kick off at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast from April 3.

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

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A tribute for Richard Moloney

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