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Lismore residents alarmed by subdivision DA adjoining Wilson Nature Reserve

A proposal for twelve new lots in the buffer zone between Wilson Nature Reserve and existing houses on City View Drive, East Lismore, has local residents worried.

Acting Prime Ministers

Last week, Acting PM Michael McCormack managed the tricky feat of making the absent Scott Morrison look good, at least by comparison. Perhaps that's now the Nationals' role in the Canberra circus?

Refugee rally in Lismore this week

The Lismore office of the Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, will be the site of a rally this week to protest the passing of the new Migration Amendment Bill.

More bullying stories emerge in Lismore

Since local woman Sally Flannery decided to quit the Lismore City Council race, more stories of harassment and attacks have emerged, affecting councillors and others across the political spectrum.

Young animators shine on Ballina’s big screen

A group of up and coming local indigenous animators were excited to see their first films on the big screen at Ballina Fair Cinemas on Tuesday night.

Healthy Minds Club powering ahead

Since The Echo last spoke to Lennox Head's Jackson Connellan, from The Healthy Minds Club, things have become even busier. Formed originally in response to...

Big donation and new poetry competition for BR4R

Local community group Ballina Region for Refugees is having a big month, with a major anonymous donation amongst other news.

Lismore Lantern Parade call-out for volunteers

The organisers of the Lismore Lantern Parade (which is happening on Saturday, 19 June) are seeking volunteers to help with the event, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

Ballina’s Mariann Lloyd-Smith and her mission to stop toxics in the environment

Living quietly in beautiful Ballina is one of the global heavy-hitters in the fight to eliminate and control toxic chemicals, Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith.

Ballina’s local legend Danny Singh honoured

The Cove Restaurant's Danny Singh is now a Paul Harris Fellow. This award is named for the founder of Rotary International, 'in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.'

Ballina’s Old Quarter Coffee paves road to success

A fundraiser to help build a road for farmers in Sumatra whose premium coffee supplies the Northern Rivers is well on its way to reaching its target, but still needs more support.

Battle of the bands with a difference

Thanks to Resonator Music in Ballina, the first Battle of the Concert Bands is coming to the Northern Rivers for #MakeMusicDay2021 on Sunday 20 June.

Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen. For starters, it’s abundant. Hydrogen can store excess renewable power. When liquified, it’s more energy intense than fossil alternatives. In a fuel cell, it can generate electricity. When it’s burned, the only by-product is water.

Miracles left, right and centre?

It's emerged Scott Morrison had used a taxpayer-funded VIP jet to attend a Pentecostal conference on the Gold Coast.

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They...

Rous Chair talks underground water

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They are currently seeking feedback from people living in the four constituent councils of Richmond Valley, Byron, Ballina and Lismore.

Ballina Council – April wrapup

Ballina Shire councillors managed to cover a lot of territory at their last meeting, which finished before a very late lunch.

Corporate welfare gone mad? $10.3 billion to prop up fossil fuels

According to new research from the Australia Institute, fossil fuel subsidies cost Australians a staggering $10.3 billion in financial year 2020-21, with one Commonwealth tax break alone exceeding the $7.82 billion spent on the Australian Army.

Byron Bay Interchange Station opened, local member snubbed

The new $8.4 million Byron Bay Interchange Station is now complete, with the aim of providing increased accessibility and safety for public transport customers.

Ballina council debates South Ballina Beach 4WD access, again

An attempt to enlarge the list of approved 4WD beach users allowed to access South Ballina Beach failed to get the numbers to progress at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Water Q&A with Austin Curtin from Our Future Northern Rivers

Since Rous County Council voted to abandon the Dunoon Dam as a potential solution to the future water needs of the Northern Rivers, a new group has emerged called Our Future Northern Rivers.

Lismore residents alarmed by subdivision DA adjoining Wilson Nature Reserve

A proposal for twelve new lots in the buffer zone between Wilson Nature Reserve and existing houses on City View Drive, East Lismore, has local residents worried.

Acting Prime Ministers

Last week, Acting PM Michael McCormack managed the tricky feat of making the absent Scott Morrison look good, at least by comparison. Perhaps that's now the Nationals' role in the Canberra circus?

Refugee rally in Lismore this week

The Lismore office of the Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, will be the site of a rally this week to protest the passing of the new Migration Amendment Bill.

More bullying stories emerge in Lismore

Since local woman Sally Flannery decided to quit the Lismore City Council race, more stories of harassment and attacks have emerged, affecting councillors and others across the political spectrum.

Young animators shine on Ballina’s big screen

A group of up and coming local indigenous animators were excited to see their first films on the big screen at Ballina Fair Cinemas on Tuesday night.

Healthy Minds Club powering ahead

Since The Echo last spoke to Lennox Head's Jackson Connellan, from The Healthy Minds Club, things have become even busier. Formed originally in response to...

Big donation and new poetry competition for BR4R

Local community group Ballina Region for Refugees is having a big month, with a major anonymous donation amongst other news.

Lismore Lantern Parade call-out for volunteers

The organisers of the Lismore Lantern Parade (which is happening on Saturday, 19 June) are seeking volunteers to help with the event, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

Ballina’s Mariann Lloyd-Smith and her mission to stop toxics in the environment

Living quietly in beautiful Ballina is one of the global heavy-hitters in the fight to eliminate and control toxic chemicals, Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith.

Ballina’s local legend Danny Singh honoured

The Cove Restaurant's Danny Singh is now a Paul Harris Fellow. This award is named for the founder of Rotary International, 'in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.'

Ballina’s Old Quarter Coffee paves road to success

A fundraiser to help build a road for farmers in Sumatra whose premium coffee supplies the Northern Rivers is well on its way to reaching its target, but still needs more support.

Battle of the bands with a difference

Thanks to Resonator Music in Ballina, the first Battle of the Concert Bands is coming to the Northern Rivers for #MakeMusicDay2021 on Sunday 20 June.

Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen. For starters, it’s abundant. Hydrogen can store excess renewable power. When liquified, it’s more energy intense than fossil alternatives. In a fuel cell, it can generate electricity. When it’s burned, the only by-product is water.

Miracles left, right and centre?

It's emerged Scott Morrison had used a taxpayer-funded VIP jet to attend a Pentecostal conference on the Gold Coast.

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They...

Rous Chair talks underground water

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They are currently seeking feedback from people living in the four constituent councils of Richmond Valley, Byron, Ballina and Lismore.

Ballina Council – April wrapup

Ballina Shire councillors managed to cover a lot of territory at their last meeting, which finished before a very late lunch.

Corporate welfare gone mad? $10.3 billion to prop up fossil fuels

According to new research from the Australia Institute, fossil fuel subsidies cost Australians a staggering $10.3 billion in financial year 2020-21, with one Commonwealth tax break alone exceeding the $7.82 billion spent on the Australian Army.

Byron Bay Interchange Station opened, local member snubbed

The new $8.4 million Byron Bay Interchange Station is now complete, with the aim of providing increased accessibility and safety for public transport customers.

Ballina council debates South Ballina Beach 4WD access, again

An attempt to enlarge the list of approved 4WD beach users allowed to access South Ballina Beach failed to get the numbers to progress at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Water Q&A with Austin Curtin from Our Future Northern Rivers

Since Rous County Council voted to abandon the Dunoon Dam as a potential solution to the future water needs of the Northern Rivers, a new group has emerged called Our Future Northern Rivers.
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