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Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

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Northern Rivers blacked out as Essential Energy ‘sheds load’

24,500 customers in Ballina, Lismore and surrounding areas experienced an unplanned power outage after Essential Energy was directed to ‘shed load to protect transmission security’.

Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Byron Writers Festival 2024: Bruce Pascoe Q&A

Byron Writers Festival guests Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood’s book Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a personal and beautiful reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on their farm. Here Bruce Pascoe answers some questions about the experience.

While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

Lismore youth crime prevention program North-Tracks Works secures $30,000 grant

Lismore-based North-Tracks Works has secured a $30,000 grant to expand its life-changing program to engage with more young people...

To Byron Bay Council, 

About three weeks ago, mid-January 2023, signs were placed and barricades erected on the Rainbow Bridge / Belongil Creek Bridge, and it appears some work was commenced.

The work has still not been completed, and the walkway appears to remain unsafe. It’s actually now even less safe than it was before, as there are now heaps of obstructions and objects for pedestrians to trip or fall over. Numerous star pickets have been placed, without protections on their tops to prevent injury to people. I’m sure there would be regulations covering this.

The original problem, where the wooden slats slowly drift downwards towards the creek, leaving large ‘ankle snapper’ holes, remains the same. Please get this fixed asap!

It remains a major risk to walkers, cyclists, parents with prams and all users of the bridge. Other than forcing foot traffic onto the road, this is the only walkway for pedestrian access from Sunrise, and the north side of Byron Bay.

Mark Reynolds, Byron Bay


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