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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.

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Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle is not a fluffball of peace, light and unicorns, though he wears his heart on his sleeve – and his jacket and his jeans. It can get messy. And at 68 his work isn’t getting any fluffier. Husband to six wives (one twice-married) and with three sons (his firstborn, Justin Towns Earle, died tragically in 2020), telling it like it is, both personally and professionally makes his work some of the most important in modern music history – Seven recently spoke to Steve at home in New York about life and his preparations for Bluesfest.

Choose your own (piano) adventure

The audience ‘chooses its own musical adventure’ determining the playlist from a selection of works by composers ranging from J. S. Bach, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy to George Gershwin, Bill Evans – and more. A list of musical choices will be made available on the day, and audience members can submit their choices via their phone.

Bluesfest performer’s triple GRAMMY win

Regular Byron Bluesfest performer Bonnie Raitt look out three gongs at yesterday's GRAMMY awards, bringing her a total of 13 across the span of her career.

Sydney’s hottest men in their brand-new show – live on stage at Mullum Ex-services

Welcome to the best hen’s night, bachelorette party or ultimate Girls’ night out. Get frocked up and come out for a girl’s night out, with strippers from London, Vegas, Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney. The current Sydney Hotshots show includes some of the sexiest men on stage.

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Swivel flop-flop

Not sure what Cr Swivel is doing. But while he appears to be providing support for both sides of...

James Wright – Lower House Candidate For Ballina

Mia Armitage & Hans Lovejoy

Voters in the Ballina electorate now have six candidates to choose from in the upcoming NSW election, with Keep Sydney Open and Sustainable Australia parties registering candidates late in the race.

Keep Sydney Open and Sustainable Australia join the Animal Justice Party, Country Labor, The Greens and the Nationals in fielding candidates across the northern rivers in the Tweed, Ballina and Lismore electorates.

James Wright is representing Keep Sydney Open in Ballina and says there is a ‘cultural emergency happening in NSW’.

‘It started half a decade ago with the introduction of the lock out laws in Sydney,’ he says, ‘and it is now extending to extreme pay-for-policing policies at music festivals and public events’.

Despite the party name, Mr Wright says Keep Sydney Open has 42 candidates across the state and is ‘now about keeping Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Alstonville, Federal, Mullumbimby, Byron, Newcastle and The Blue Mountains open’.

Sustainable Australia’s Ballina candidate Lisa Mcdermott

Sustainable Australia’s Lisa McDermott says her party’s policies include a ‘sustainable environment and population, affordable housing for first home buyers and renters, secure jobs via a more diverse economy and better planning to stop overdevelopment’. 

The Echo has ambitiously attempted to collate policies and pledges from the candidates for the seat of Ballina.


More on the NSW election:

NSW state election 2019

Voters in the Ballina electorate (Byron and Ballina Council areas) have six candidates to choose from. In order of the ballot and the above photo montage (left to right) they are: Keep Sydney Open’s James Wright, Animal Justice Party’s...

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NSW 2019 Ballina candidate policies

Echonetdaily has contacted all of the candidates for Ballina in the upcoming NSW election and have compiled their policies on a range of important issues.

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NSW 2019 Ballina candidate profiles

In order of the ballot, the Ballina candidates are: Keep Sydney Open’s James Wright Thirty-six-year old year old radio broadcaster, filmmaker, futurist and father of three, James Wright has been a resident of the Byron Shire for five years. Working in the...

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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

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.