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Tweed Council seeks businesses to join it’s rail trail ‘Connect Program’ 

Paying for the maintenance and providing an engaging visitor experience for the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a key aspect of Tweed Shire Council’s (TSC) Connect Program. 

Other News

Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra is a Real Gem

Season two of the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra sees performances of Classical Gems conducted by Chen Yang in two shows with concert one on Sunday, 24 September at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre and concert two on Sunday, 8 October at Bond University.

Search to resume for missing swimmer at Tallow Beach

NSW police say that the search for a missing swimmer will resume at 8am at Tallow Beach.


I cannot believe the Labor government wants to put through a bill to stop free speech. This is a...

Tweed Council receive $197,000 for Black Cockatoos and Bush Stonecurlews

Tweed Shire Council accepted a $197,044 grant at their 7 September meeting to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of the habitats of the endangered Bush Stonecurlew and vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Labor’s budget falls short on flood funding: MP

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Disaster Relief Spokesperson, has welcomed an additional $150m in funding for the Northern Rivers and Central West flood recovery in Tuesday’s NSW budget.

Partial closure of Wollumbin Street bridge from Sept 25

Tweed Shire Council is urging motorists to plan ahead and seek alternative routes between the CBD and South Murwillumbah for up to four weeks from 25 September when essential works to upgrade the town’s main sewer main are undertaken.

About The Echo

The Echo: online daily news source Echonetdaily
and free weekly newspaper The Byron Shire Echo.


Echonetdaily is your independent source of local news on the NSW north coast, covering the Northern Rivers including the Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, Lismore and Ballina Shire.

Launched in August 2011 and drawing on over 28 years of experience producing the iconic Byron Shire Echo and other publications, Echonetdaily is the best place to get your local news, national news, world news and informative articles. We have thought-provoking columns, entertainment news, the most comprehensive gig guide showing what’s on in the north coast, and an archive of entertaining and compelling local videos. We also have an online restaurant guide to Byron and the region called The Good Life, covering food, wine and travel, service directory, classified ads and more.

From Byron Bay to Murwillumbah, Nimbin to Lennox Head, Kingscliff to Mullumbimby, Tweed Heads to Bangalow, Ballina to Coolangatta, Lismore and beyond, Echonetdaily has you covered!

In August 2013 Echonetdaily revamped its website with a new format improving functionality and compatibility with mobiles and other devices. More detailed information on the new website can be found in About the new Echonetdaily.

The Byron Shire Echo

The first edition of The Echo.

The Byron Shire Echo is a free weekly independent tabloid newspaper that is published in the Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia.

The Brunswick Valley Echo, as the newspaper was first known, was founded in 1986 as a result of marijuana raids by the NSW Police in the valleys behind Mullumbimby. Despite reports that the police were acting aggressively and illegally, news media refused to cover the story, so local resident Nicholas Shand founded the paper as a civil rights watchdog. Co-founder David Lovejoy continued that policy after Shand’s death in 1996.

The Echo has consistently campaigned in favour of the environment and against developer-driven government, local and state, which so often proves to be corrupt. Along the way it has always stood for free speech and personal liberty, scorning the war on drugs and mocking the war on terror. Although the newspaper has strong policies of factual accuracy and openness to correction, it allows a wide variety of unorthodox opinion to be aired.

Over the last three decades The Echo has grown steadily and currently distributes 24,500 copies every Wednesday. More information on the Byron Shire Echo can be found on our About The Byron Shire Echo page.

In 1991 Shand, Lovejoy and photographer Jeff Dawson ventured south of Byron Shire to create the Lismore Echo. This paper was subsequently sold to its employees and renamed the Northern Rivers Echo. It was purchased by Australian Provincial Newspapers in December, 2008.

The Echo published another newspaper in the Tweed Shire from August 2008 to January 2012. The Tweed Shire Echo was similar in format and outlook to its sister paper.

The first version of Echonetdaily.
The first version of Echonetdaily.

August 2011 saw the launch of The Echo‘s online daily newspaper, Echonetdaily, which is a weekday news service, also emailed to subscribers,  covering the Northern Rivers region.

Only a few independent country newspapers still survive in individual or family hands. Most weeklies are owned by corporations whose interests do not coincide with those of the residents in their area. The Echo, through the commitment of its staff and writers, endeavours to maintain the tradition of quality journalism with a social conscience both in its weekly free newspaper and its daily online news service.

The Echo is totally owned by people who live in Byron Shire. The shareholders are: the Shand family estate 43%, David Lovejoy 36%, Jeff Dawson 10%, Ziggi Browning 5%, Ewan Willis 2.5%, Simon Haslam 2.5%, Renee Fernley 1%.


Facelift for Cape Byron walking track – but not everyone happy

The Cape Byron walking track that leads from Wategos Beach towards the Byron lighthouse has been given a ‘facelift’ by NSW National Parks. But not all users are happy...

Varroa mite here to stay as NSW pivots from eradication to management of costly invasive species

The Varroa Mite ‘(Varroa destructor and Varroa jacobsoni) is a parasite of adult honey bees and honey bee brood. It weakens and kills honey...

Cycling race in Lismore this weekend to raise money for Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Whether it is getting on the track or watching the cyclists there are plenty of ways to get on board with the Lismore 2023 – Byron Bay Cycle Club Road Race this Sunday 24, September in Lismore’s CBD.

Labor’s budget falls short on flood funding: MP

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Disaster Relief Spokesperson, has welcomed an additional $150m in funding for the Northern Rivers and Central West flood recovery in Tuesday’s NSW budget.