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February 8, 2023

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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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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.

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.

It’s not the fossils, it’s the fools 

Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.

Ballina hosts Far North Coast swimming carnival

The Ballina RSL Swimming Club combined with Grafton and hosted the Far North Coast Zone Carnival at the Ballina...

Protest gets results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood?

Protesters stop logging at Doubleduke

The latest in a series of actions to save trees and habitat, native forest logging has been halted this morning by protests in Doubleduke state forest, between Grafton and Casino.

At least some people in Mullum haven’t lost their sense of humour. Photo Simon Haslam.

In response to the devastating floods in the area, last week The Echo started a flood appeal to get money where it is needed ASAP. As at 3pm on Monday 7 March the fund had raised almost $15,000 and has already transferred $13,500 to the bank accounts of grassroots organisations: $4,000 to local flood recovery services in Mullumbimby, $2500 in Ballina, $4000 in Lismore and $3000 in Murwillumbah.

The Echo General Manager Simon Haslam said that the fund will distribute further monies raised as quickly as possible, after consultation with community organisations actively helping people affected by the 2022 flooding.

The Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre is setting up the flood recovery centre in the Civic Hall as they prepare to support the next phase of the flood recovery. Photo Aslan Shand

Last week the fund supported the Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre with $2,000 and then another $2,000 this week.

Mr Haslam said The Echo has been established for over 30 years in this community and will distribute 100 per cent of donations without any deduction.

‘We will prioritise organisations who also directly distribute these monetary donations without charging any fees.’

To donate to the appeal visit the GoFundMe page.


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