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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Call for NRRC to intervene in housing market to ensure fair housing outcomes for flood victims

Around 50 people gathered outside the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation’s office in Lismore this morning to call for action for flood victims.

NSW Greens commit to Truth and Treaty to mark 235 years since invasion

The Greens have announced their plans for Truth-telling, Treaty and dedicated seats in both houses of the NSW Parliament ahead of the 235th anniversary of British invasion in NSW. 

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Man dies after being pulled unconscious from surf near Crescent Head

A Queensland man has died while swimming at a beach near Crescent Head yesterday afternoon.

Protecting remnant Gondwana species at Grandpa’s Scrub today

Community and experts are uniting this afternoon to protect what they say is remnant Gondwana species at Grandpa’s Scrub.

What’s next for Ballina? Mayor Sharon Cadwallader’s view

This is part two of an in-depth interview with Ballina's Mayor Sharon Cadwallader. The first part examined what's happened since she was elected in 2022. The Echo also asked Cr Cadwallader what she sees coming along the road for Ballina in 2023, and beyond.

Bill Ashford, East Ballina

That serial left-wing fool obviously dislikes Morrison but sings the praises of Kevin Rudd as having approached Pfizer for a supply increase.

If he is intending to throw shit, then he should have had actual facts to hand.

Anything from this biased left-winger is rubbish and I can’t wait for his comments after the next election.

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  1. Well, it appears that someone locally has really got under the skin of a biased right-wing fool, and severely scratched a bias right-wing nerve, if not completely severing it. What else could lead to such an unprovoked vicious attack on someone’s person? the pain must have been excruciating. Now who could have been the target of this venomous spray by biased Bill, and what could they have possibly done to deserve it, or is biased Bill just lashing out indiscriminately? Maybe poor old Bill suffers from recurring nightmares, or has he suddenly noticed the most recent Newspoll result and lapsed into a massive panic attack? I really hope biased Bill can overcome this painful episode, as there is more news coming for him, and it’s mostly bad. Watch this space.

  2. Good to see a letter writer not calling people names, must be a religious conservative, who else calls people names. You really think are prime minister is doing a good job: confusing vaccine comments, poor organisation of vaccine buying, buck passing, no responsibility for him or his ministers, no records for businesses receiving assistance but chasing up the workers. The list goes on and on and let’s not start on rotting and climate change!

  3. Keith. You could probably calm him down a bit if you were able to back up your assertion that Kevin Rudd is actually responsible for the expedited procurement of the Pfizer vaccine. I don’t think you can.

  4. Oh David you are slipping, I have nothing to prove, I never said “Kevin Rudd was responsible for the expedited procurement of the Pfizer vaccine”; what I did say was “Kevin Rudd had to intervene by contacting, on behalf of Australian businesspeople, the head of Pfizer in an effort to increase supply”, which he did. And why would I possibly want to calm Bill down for? I like him just how he is, the more he opens his mouth, the bigger the target he becomes.

  5. You could ‘cool it’ Bill simply by accepting the truth that Rudd bought into the issue
    in a reasonable way – it wasn’t a big deal. A bit of calmness goes a long way. We all
    know the ‘vax’ is in short supply. All our problems lie there.

  6. Keith. Clumsy game of deceit. Say and imply something without actually saying it. Didn’t work for Kev, not working here. ” Keith from marketing”.

  7. It’s more like fishing David, to catch certain fish one has to use the right bait, there are always plenty of bites around here.


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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.