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On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

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Comment: Why we need a federal ICAC

I’ve been thinking about very slow things. Thinking about very fast trains that are very slow coming. Thinking about the never-ending Ballina-Byron Airport upgrade – build a new entry, take it out. Build a new, new entry. Take it out. Rinse, repeat.

Lismore activist who blocked Sydney traffic has charges dismissed

This morning, twenty-two year old climate activist Mali Cooper faced court in Lismore, after blocking the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel during peak hour traffic in June, to protest inaction on the climate emergency.

Forever Diamond – Celebrating 50 years of Neil

Neil Diamond is a phenomenon who gives truly special and personal shows that legions of fans return to see...

Wahlburgers in Byron

Walking into Wahlburgers on Sunday arvo, the sun was shining, the staff were smiling, there was a nice vibe...

Editorial – Break out the bubbly for Budget Estimates

Budget Estimates is truly one of the most revealing and best educational services that the NSW government offers. MPs from the opposition grill ministers and agency bosses without mercy, for hours. 

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Blast Off champion Leihani Zoric. Photo Jack Barripp

Our local super groms had outstanding success down in Sydney at the 14th annual BL’s Blast Off with Byron Bay’s Leihani Zoric and Lennox Head’s Keke Brain winning their six-girls and eight-girls divisions respectively.

Byron Bay’s Henley Smith was runner-up to Brain in the eight-girls.

Ocea Curtis of Lennox Head was runner-up in the 10-girls.

The competition was held over four days with early rounds at Avalon Beach and finals day at Whale beach. 


Stu Kennedy from Lennox Head has turned his season around with a huge result in Portugal and has now leaped up the WSL QS ratings ladder after his runner-up finish at the QS10,000 EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira.

Kennedy was back to his best with fast, smooth and electric performances over the event.

The runner-up result and 8,000 points could turn his year around as he jumped 35 spots into 15th place on the rankings, with a good shot at cracking the top 10 with a big finish in Hawaii.

‘I can’t give up now if I’m making finals,’ Kennedy said.


Byron Bay’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has struck gold again with a win at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships held at Oceanside Pier in California.

Stewart has won the event three years in a row. 

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New digs for flood adaptation project

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