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Murwillumbah mega-school – consultation done says Minister’s office

The challenge to the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell that she had sprung the Murwillumbah mega-school on the community with no consultation and needed to seek further genuine consultation with the Murwillumbah community has been rebuffed.

Some insights from Malcolm Turnbull

From the deceptive and underhanded conduct of our current Prime Minister ScMo, to the destructive impact of Tony Abbott and the far right of the Australian political and media scene, A Bigger Picture, by Malcolm Turnbull, provides an interesting insight into how he perceives the Australian political landscape.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

DA for Lismore’s biggest, and most contentious, development open for submissions

The development of the North Lismore Plateau has been creating community division for many years with local Bundjalung Elder, Mickey Ryan having led the opposition to the unfettered development of the plateau.

Drug tests taken over Nimbin MardiGrass weekend ‘invalid’ says MP

The validity of the roadside drug tests (RDT) conducted over the Nimbin Mardi Grass weekend in early May has been questioned after police were recorded breaching testing protocols during the weekend blitz.

Recession motion in over approval for fill from M1 for Kingscliff development site

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council approved the haulage route from Crescent Street and Tweed Coast Road to Turnock Street in Kingscliff (DA20/0860) to use to fill from the M1, however, a rescission motion has now been filed to seek further information on flood impacts.

Reality Check Campaign seeks to assist low cost housing

A sense of frustration and helplessness is being felt by many in the community as they or their friends become homeless as the housing and rental prices continue to increase. But local Liz Friend has decided that it is time to take action.

Labor call for social housing, declines to commit on climate

Labor were out in force in Byron last Friday highlighting that action is needed to tackle the ongoing housing crisis.

‘No more gas, no more oil. Keep our carbon in the soil’

The message was clear. They want change, they want action and they are prepared to get out on the streets and hold their governments accountable whether they can vote or not.

Byron Writers Festival is back in full swing

The Byron Writers Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is excited to be making a comeback and has announced its first authors and the discounted Sunday Locals’ Passes for Northern Rivers residents.

CWA Bruns helps young people negotiate respectful relationships

There is no excuse for violent relationships and the Love Bites program is actively working to change attitudes, norms and behaviours.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op board, and Chair Ross Tucker,...

Shareholders question ‘direction’ of Mullum Rural Co-op

The board’s management of the Mullumbimby Rural Co-op has been called into question by shareholders, who have called a public meeting for this Wednesday

What are you prepared to do for the future?

As the Australian government touted its allegedly green credentials at US President Joe Biden’s climate summit last week, it only became clearer that our conservative politicians have been left behind on climate action.

Exploring the tenure of Byron’s outgoing Mayor Simon Richardson

The Echo explores the tenure of Byron Mayor, Simon Richardson, following his resignation on Friday

Shareholders question new ‘direction’ of Mullum Rural Coop

Shareholders of the Mullumbimby Rural Coop have called into question the board’s management of the Coop and have asked the board to attend a shareholder's meeting this Wednesday, 28 April to explain.

Murwillumbah mega-school – consultation done says Minister’s office

The challenge to the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell that she had sprung the Murwillumbah mega-school on the community with no consultation and needed to seek further genuine consultation with the Murwillumbah community has been rebuffed.

Some insights from Malcolm Turnbull

From the deceptive and underhanded conduct of our current Prime Minister ScMo, to the destructive impact of Tony Abbott and the far right of the Australian political and media scene, A Bigger Picture, by Malcolm Turnbull, provides an interesting insight into how he perceives the Australian political landscape.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

DA for Lismore’s biggest, and most contentious, development open for submissions

The development of the North Lismore Plateau has been creating community division for many years with local Bundjalung Elder, Mickey Ryan having led the opposition to the unfettered development of the plateau.

Drug tests taken over Nimbin MardiGrass weekend ‘invalid’ says MP

The validity of the roadside drug tests (RDT) conducted over the Nimbin Mardi Grass weekend in early May has been questioned after police were recorded breaching testing protocols during the weekend blitz.

Recession motion in over approval for fill from M1 for Kingscliff development site

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council approved the haulage route from Crescent Street and Tweed Coast Road to Turnock Street in Kingscliff (DA20/0860) to use to fill from the M1, however, a rescission motion has now been filed to seek further information on flood impacts.

Reality Check Campaign seeks to assist low cost housing

A sense of frustration and helplessness is being felt by many in the community as they or their friends become homeless as the housing and rental prices continue to increase. But local Liz Friend has decided that it is time to take action.

Labor call for social housing, declines to commit on climate

Labor were out in force in Byron last Friday highlighting that action is needed to tackle the ongoing housing crisis.

‘No more gas, no more oil. Keep our carbon in the soil’

The message was clear. They want change, they want action and they are prepared to get out on the streets and hold their governments accountable whether they can vote or not.

Byron Writers Festival is back in full swing

The Byron Writers Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is excited to be making a comeback and has announced its first authors and the discounted Sunday Locals’ Passes for Northern Rivers residents.

CWA Bruns helps young people negotiate respectful relationships

There is no excuse for violent relationships and the Love Bites program is actively working to change attitudes, norms and behaviours.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op board, and Chair Ross Tucker,...

Shareholders question ‘direction’ of Mullum Rural Co-op

The board’s management of the Mullumbimby Rural Co-op has been called into question by shareholders, who have called a public meeting for this Wednesday

What are you prepared to do for the future?

As the Australian government touted its allegedly green credentials at US President Joe Biden’s climate summit last week, it only became clearer that our conservative politicians have been left behind on climate action.

Exploring the tenure of Byron’s outgoing Mayor Simon Richardson

The Echo explores the tenure of Byron Mayor, Simon Richardson, following his resignation on Friday

Shareholders question new ‘direction’ of Mullum Rural Coop

Shareholders of the Mullumbimby Rural Coop have called into question the board’s management of the Coop and have asked the board to attend a shareholder's meeting this Wednesday, 28 April to explain.
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