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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.

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Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Fresh faces for Council elections

A very distinct, black flat-cap has just been thrown into the ring for the upcoming Byron Council elections, pegged for September 4.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

John Scrivener, Main Arm

Trump is a loose cannon. With one fell swoop of its predator drones the US committed its gravest strategic blunder since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The extralegal execution of senior Iraqi and Iranian commanders by Washington has given the martyred ones glory in death and unified an invigorated alliance between Iraq and Iran.

Trump declared the assassinations were necessary to prevent imminent attacks against US facilities, but clearly they served to provoke an attack – not to prevent it.

This assassination has handed Iran an opportunity to legitimately target US bases. Whereas these US actions have been wholly without legitimacy, the Iranian response was measured and legal. Having clearly misjudged their opponent, team Trump appears crude, callous and incompetent by comparison.

America is an empire in decline, dependent on permanent war. Its resort to brutal, unlawful and strategically disastrous action betrays frustrated impotence. This crime has done nothing to benefit the people of Israel or the US.

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Fresh faces for Council elections

A very distinct, black flat-cap has just been thrown into the ring for the upcoming Byron Council elections, pegged for September 4.

Follow the buck$

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A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for maintaining her house in a...

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.