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June 13, 2024

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Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

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Community search for Gage Wilson to continue

A community search is to continue today for missing 31-year-old Mullumbimby man Gage Wilson.

Mullum students off to parliament

During the April Easter school holidays, three Mullum High students represented the local electorates in the prestigious NSW Youth Parliament program camp.  

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Spoonful of Sugar Really Does Help The Medicine Go Down

Making people fat is big business. Just ask the sugar industry. Making people not fat is potentially even bigger.

Keep funky Mullum

In response to the comments of Ed Ahern in last week’s Echo. I would like to say that the...

Police make arrest over Wallum protests

Save Wallum protectors, a NSW MLC and a retired magistrate have questioned the use of police resources after those supporting efforts to save rare ecological heathland in Brunswick Heads from urban development were contacted by Tweed-Byron Police Detectives.

Bringing the ‘Funky Bus’ to town

Louey Howell and the Funkatu Collective are an original psychedelic, bush funk band who combine an eclectic fusion of reggae, soul, ska and hip-hop into a delightfully delicious explosion of funky goodness guaranteed to get your booty shakin’.

Sadly, there has been overly negative reporting of Jim Chalmers’ 2024/25 budget in this newspaper, and it’s ongoing.

When the Albanese Labor government came to power in 2022 they inherited a fiscal disaster, with national debt approaching $1 trillion with little to show for it; no meaningful action on the climate emergency; aged care in crisis; wages stagnation; rapidly increasing inflation; rapidly increasing cost-of- living; a housing and rental crisis; rampant Coalition corruption.

These shocking results were the cumulative effects of nine years of Coalition incompetence and can’t be rectified immediately. After two years in government the Albanese Labor government has: wiped $3 billion in student HECS debt and fixed indexation; invested in additional bulk-billed Medicare Urgent Care Clinics; kickstarted the construction of over a million homes across Australia; paid superannuation on top of paid parental leave; delivered tax cuts to every taxpayer and back-to-back budget surpluses; established the National Anti-Corruption Commission; provided cheaper medicines and child care; implemented ten days of domestic violence leave and given women leaving violent relationships up to $5,000; wiped $3 billion off student debt and delivered fee-free TAFE places. They are driving a generational shift towards protecting the environment; transitioning towards renewable energy and a low carbon economy; getting wages moving again and fixing the industrial relations system and, last but not least, giving every household a $300 energy rebate, something the Echo’s editor singled out to vilify. In the interests of being a balanced community newspaper, the Echo should drop the constant negativity of all things Labor and give some credit where it’s due.

Keith Duncan, Ballina Branch NSW Labor


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Ballina Council join study to understand water use

Ballina Council has joined Bathurst, Dubbo and the Murray River Council areas to participate in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that aims to identify how people use water across regional NSW. 

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Police make arrest over Wallum protests

Save Wallum protectors, a NSW MLC and a retired magistrate have questioned the use of police resources after those supporting efforts to save rare ecological heathland in Brunswick Heads from urban development were contacted by Tweed-Byron Police Detectives.