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August 9, 2022

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Top tips for feline friends this International Cat Day

Some silly humans think that it's money that makes the world go around – we all know it's cats!

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Splendour sinks

It’s a case of ‘Told you so!’ Splendour establishing itself at the present site drew huge resistance from locals. It...

A Green New Day – at the Byron Writers Festival

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will bring a fresh focus to the conversation on the environment with a wide range of sessions that will explore the real-world solutions we have available to us to address the climate crisis.

Cartoon of the week – 3 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Showing the beauty of the world

Celebrated local artist Hiske Tas Bain’s final day of exhibition 'Dreams and Memories' is tomorrow in Murwillumbah at the Small Works Gallery.

Party kits to celebrate sustainably

Ballina Shire Council and Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries have joined forces to offer reusable kids’ party kits, as part of their ongoing commitment to reduce single use items across the shire.

Ballina development application worries locals

A DA has just gone on public exhibition for a 15 unit, two storey complex in the midst of a large suburban block between Norton and Camden Streets, Ballina, not far from North Creek. Surrounding residents have a number of concerns.

Jo Faith, Newtown

In the spirit of public interest I‘m raising questions around the Byron bypass and bus station.

The bus interchange location and development keeps changing, and with the recent discovery of an Aboriginal midden, will Byron Council uphold its stated heritage commitments to First Nations People? The Byron Environment Centre (BEC) was accepted in Court, as a protective party of the Arakwal Native Title Claim, while Arakwal Native Title was nullified by Byron Council to make way for these roadworks.

What remedies does Byron Council propose?

Furthermore, what remedies does Byron Council have for the Butler Street community to address: 1) Destruction of Heritage zoning? 2) Lack of a clean air policy prior to development of the bypass and bus interchange?


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Appeal to locate woman missing from Ballina

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Base nurse finalist in NSW Health Excellence awards

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Be alert – koalas are on the move

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OS Community Garden launches food stall

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