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Ten Tweed Community Clubs donate $32,000 for sick babies

New equipment to help provide urgent medical care for sick babies and infants has arrived at the Tweed Valley Hospital, thanks to a generous donation to Our Kids from Tweed Community Clubs.

NSW Drug Summit announced – finally

The NSW Labor government has finally delivered on their election promise to hold a NSW Drug Summit that will take place this year. 

Fingal residents reject controversial 10pm trading hours for Fingal Store site

The Fingal Store DA is back in front of Tweed councillors tomorrow and staff have recommended approval – but residents say a new DA is required due to the significant changes made to the DA.

The Lismore CBD is open and giving away $5,000

Businesses in the Lismore CBD are open and there is a sense of hope as they get back on their feet and the CBD again pulses with life. 

Not ‘hoons’ or ‘lazy’ say mullet fishers at Shaws Bay

Concerns were raised over the impact of the trucks brought onto the beach at Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay by fisher people during the mullet run.

Pre-dawn raid at Wallum blockade sees one protestor arrested – protestors remain

Around 40 private security guards descended on the peaceful Wallum protest vigil located at the edge of the contentious Wallum site in Brunswick Heads yesterday at about 5am. 

Campers question Ballina Council management of Flat Rock Tent Park

Visitors to the Ballina Shire and the Northern Rivers have contacted The Echo questioning the reason they have been excluded from the Flat Rock Tent Park between Lennox Head and Ballina. 

Butterfly and bee highways created by local schools

Northern Rivers students have created a ‘B&B Highway’ for bees, birds, and butterflies to support threatened pollinators in the region.

Bruns garden for community under threat

Bruns local Toni Storer thought one way to help her neighbours and other locals to survive the economic downturn was to stop mowing and weeding the Council strip at the front of her house and to pop in a veggie garden.

MP and Cr call for inclusion of social housing in Ballina

Ballina Shire Council will receive $210,000 through the NSW government’s $100 million Resilient Lands Program to help support the delivery of a range of housing options across the Ballina Shire.

No ‘key worker’ or ‘affordable housing’ for Ballina Council’s Wollongbar development

On the second last piece of Ballina Shire Council-owned residential land they have decided to develop the land with no affordable or public housing components. 

Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped across from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

Mullet fishers destroy dunes and native plants at Gawandii Beach, Shaws Bay

Locals and Tuckombil Landcare have expressed concerns over damage to the dunes at Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay by fisher people who are accessing the beach for the mullet harvesting season. 

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.

Help save the Big Scrub rainforest with science

There is only one per cent of the Big Scrub rainforest in Northern New South Wales remaining. This has left what were once mighty rainforests now critically endangered and facing the threat of extinction because of a serious lack of genetic diversity.

Stick to the sand – Tweed Councillors reject Kingscliff DA to change fill on floodplain

Tweed Council has insisted that a Turnock St development use court-ordered sand to protect rainforest, and a rare snail, rejecting the developer’s attempt to vary the conditions.

Pottsville Tavern gets extended hours as Cr Owen dismisses objections

Pottsville Tavern again applied for extended hours for the tavern which was approved, despite local opposition, to extend opening hours from 10pm, by an hour, till 11pm Monday to Sunday. 

There are challenges ahead, but there is still hope

In 2023, scientists from around the world said that action needs to be taken on climate change before it is too late.

Iron Gates appeal over DA refusal continues with cultural heritage contention

The Iron Gates development site in Evans Head is surrounded by Crown Lands  to the north, east and south which have been Native Title recognised and at Ballina Court on Tuesday, 4 June who was an expert on the cultural heritage of the site was in question. 

Another six months for Kingscliff pods? Why has Reconstruction Authority failed flood victims?

In February at a community meeting the NSW RA admitted that they had failed to assist flood affected people in the temporary pods to get back on their feet – now they are asking for another six months.

Future unclear for gutted Mullum railway station after fire

At around midnight on April 21, the old Mullumbimby railway station building, used by a range of community groups, was gutted by fire. 

Ten Tweed Community Clubs donate $32,000 for sick babies

New equipment to help provide urgent medical care for sick babies and infants has arrived at the Tweed Valley Hospital, thanks to a generous donation to Our Kids from Tweed Community Clubs.

NSW Drug Summit announced – finally

The NSW Labor government has finally delivered on their election promise to hold a NSW Drug Summit that will take place this year. 

Fingal residents reject controversial 10pm trading hours for Fingal Store site

The Fingal Store DA is back in front of Tweed councillors tomorrow and staff have recommended approval – but residents say a new DA is required due to the significant changes made to the DA.

The Lismore CBD is open and giving away $5,000

Businesses in the Lismore CBD are open and there is a sense of hope as they get back on their feet and the CBD again pulses with life. 

Not ‘hoons’ or ‘lazy’ say mullet fishers at Shaws Bay

Concerns were raised over the impact of the trucks brought onto the beach at Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay by fisher people during the mullet run.

Pre-dawn raid at Wallum blockade sees one protestor arrested – protestors remain

Around 40 private security guards descended on the peaceful Wallum protest vigil located at the edge of the contentious Wallum site in Brunswick Heads yesterday at about 5am. 

Campers question Ballina Council management of Flat Rock Tent Park

Visitors to the Ballina Shire and the Northern Rivers have contacted The Echo questioning the reason they have been excluded from the Flat Rock Tent Park between Lennox Head and Ballina. 

Butterfly and bee highways created by local schools

Northern Rivers students have created a ‘B&B Highway’ for bees, birds, and butterflies to support threatened pollinators in the region.

Bruns garden for community under threat

Bruns local Toni Storer thought one way to help her neighbours and other locals to survive the economic downturn was to stop mowing and weeding the Council strip at the front of her house and to pop in a veggie garden.

MP and Cr call for inclusion of social housing in Ballina

Ballina Shire Council will receive $210,000 through the NSW government’s $100 million Resilient Lands Program to help support the delivery of a range of housing options across the Ballina Shire.

No ‘key worker’ or ‘affordable housing’ for Ballina Council’s Wollongbar development

On the second last piece of Ballina Shire Council-owned residential land they have decided to develop the land with no affordable or public housing components. 

Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped across from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

Mullet fishers destroy dunes and native plants at Gawandii Beach, Shaws Bay

Locals and Tuckombil Landcare have expressed concerns over damage to the dunes at Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay by fisher people who are accessing the beach for the mullet harvesting season. 

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.

Help save the Big Scrub rainforest with science

There is only one per cent of the Big Scrub rainforest in Northern New South Wales remaining. This has left what were once mighty rainforests now critically endangered and facing the threat of extinction because of a serious lack of genetic diversity.

Stick to the sand – Tweed Councillors reject Kingscliff DA to change fill on floodplain

Tweed Council has insisted that a Turnock St development use court-ordered sand to protect rainforest, and a rare snail, rejecting the developer’s attempt to vary the conditions.

Pottsville Tavern gets extended hours as Cr Owen dismisses objections

Pottsville Tavern again applied for extended hours for the tavern which was approved, despite local opposition, to extend opening hours from 10pm, by an hour, till 11pm Monday to Sunday. 

There are challenges ahead, but there is still hope

In 2023, scientists from around the world said that action needs to be taken on climate change before it is too late.

Iron Gates appeal over DA refusal continues with cultural heritage contention

The Iron Gates development site in Evans Head is surrounded by Crown Lands  to the north, east and south which have been Native Title recognised and at Ballina Court on Tuesday, 4 June who was an expert on the cultural heritage of the site was in question. 

Another six months for Kingscliff pods? Why has Reconstruction Authority failed flood victims?

In February at a community meeting the NSW RA admitted that they had failed to assist flood affected people in the temporary pods to get back on their feet – now they are asking for another six months.

Future unclear for gutted Mullum railway station after fire

At around midnight on April 21, the old Mullumbimby railway station building, used by a range of community groups, was gutted by fire. 
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