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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused river level rises along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers with the Wilsons...

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Liberal candidate for Tweed Council James Owen seeks ‘for better outcomes for our community’

James Owen is a Liberal Party candidate from Casuarina who has served on the Tweed Shire Council for five...

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Crossing Over

I miss travelling. I miss the thrill of going somewhere new. The last few years feels like we’ve had no adventures. No interesting and foreign lands to explore.  It’s been all about staying at home. Thanks to Annastacia Palaszczuk, going to Queensland feels a bit like going overseas. I’ve had to cross the border for work a few times lately. 

What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

Blockade Australia take fourth action in 24 hours at Newcastle’s coal port

Blockade Australia activists Zianna and Hannah climbed to the top of machinery and suspended themselves out of reach this morning causing the operations at the Newcastle Coal Port to stop for the fourth time in 24 hours.

Tripling water rights increases drought risks and degrades rivers

A key part of future planning both for agriculture, ecosystem resilience and where we put our population will be dependent on water – who has the right to access it and at what level.

Entertainment

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 15 September, 2021

Inception – Byron Theatre’s first post-lockdown live event Cancelled twice...

Retrospective

The end of fun: David Lovejoy concludes the story of the The Echo’s early years

While the drama of general manager Max Eastcott’s departure was playing out, The Echo passed its tenth birthday, and we marked the jubilee with a fourth awards night.

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Gladys just doesn’t get it? Bullshit.

The rules are lost to the dark art of time, but when I was younger, we used to play a card game called ‘Bullshit’...

Editorial – More Byron Shire council candidate Q&A!

Where do candidates stand on disused railways and pay parking? Are they to the left of Chairman Mao Zedong, or the right of Genghis Khan?

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Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra,...

The high cost of endometriosis

One in six women with endometriosis have lost their jobs due to the condition.

Letters

Why not both

The tender for the first section of the Rail Trail starting from Murwillumbah indicates that it is not more...

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by...

Biodiversity, not dogs

Alison Drover’s comment is a welcome reminder of what Byron Shire, at our core, is representing – biodiversity. How do...

Deconstructing the brand

It is noted that the nine houses on the seafront at Elements, Belongil have been approved by Byron Council....

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

Local News

World record-breaking sailor takes out SCU’s Alumnus of the Year Award

If you’re seeking a bit of inspiration in your life, look no further than Southern Cross University’s Alumnus of the Year, Lisa Blair.

Fatal crash – Alstonville

A man has died following a crash in Alsonville yesterday.

COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

Pryce Allsop seeks reelection for Tweed Council

Cr Pryce Allsop was a Conservative member of the previous Tweed Shire Council and hails from Murwillumbah.

Current Print Edition

Govt delays action on holiday letting

The desperately-needed 90-day cap on un-hosted holiday letting promised to Byron locals by the State Government has become ensnared in a web of departmental obstructions and delays.

Not wedging

Though it may be puzzling to some, I am...

Firefighters receive lifetime membership

During the 2019–20 Black Summer fires, we were reminded what a vital and important role the volunteers of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) play both in fighting fires, and bringing the community together. 

Byron’s new estate

Having just read in The Daily Telegraph of the...

Sport

Fijian rugby team moves into Lennox Head

Ross Kendall The Fijian Drua was traditionally and formally welcomed to their new base camp...

Local juniors make presence felt at major surf tournament

Ross Kendall Local surfers were among the winners in all four age divisions of the Surfer...

Wright nominated – NSW sports award

Ross Kendall Byron Bay surfer Owen Wright has been named as a finalist for the...

Local football team enters premiership division

Ross Kendall For the first time in 30 years the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club...

Good Life

Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim...

Calming Curry

Live music has been in short supply for a while, and like many other...

Byron Supper Club

Bryce Hallett The Byron Supper Club is set to return and transport audiences to a...

South East Canteen: just the good stuff

Simon Haslam South East Canteen is the new project from Tyler Preston, trained at Melbourne’s...
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Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group E: Our Sustainable Future

The Echo asked all the Lismore Councillor candidates to send in a bio. Led by current Councillor Elly Bird, the Our Sustainable Future team is Group E.

Lismore Residents Action Group say ‘no’ to Increased flight training

The Lismore Residents Action Group say they do not object to the future development of the airport, they say they are specifically concerned about the considerable increase in aircraft noise caused by flight training.

Cr Basil Cameron’s Mayoral choice

Cr Cate Coorey is my choice for mayor. I have...