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Bay FM welcomes new president

One of the biggest volunteer organisations on the Northern Rivers has welcomed a new president.

Lennox Head Public School to receive second campus

Students at Lennox Head Public School are likely to start the new school year in demountable classrooms after the NSW education minister scrapped plans to build on-site.

Ballina’s lead mayoral candidate determined to ‘keep politics out of the council’ despite past links to The Nationals

The lead candidate for Ballina Mayor has objected to suggestions she could be influenced by party politics.

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

True non-partisan leadership of Ballina Shire Council over

A reign of non-partisan leadership in the Ballina Shire may well be over, with conservative independent Sharon Cadwallader leading the mayoral vote tally by lunchtime Tuesday.

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.

Outgoing Ballina independent speaks out against Dunoon Dam campaign

Outgoing independent Cr Sharon Parry has seldom contacted The Echo during her time on the council but says she felt honour bound this week.

Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

Ballina council votes for waterfront affordable and social housing

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to ask for state government commitment on waterfront affordable and social housing as part of a marina upgrade.

Ballina mayoral candidate calls for tighter holiday letting rules

Byron’s status as the only shire exempt from NSW holiday letting regulations could be under threat as a declared housing crisis on the Northern Rivers continues.

Former Nationals member echoes calls for Dunoon Dam in Ballina mayoral campaign

Support for the idea of new dam in Byron’s hinterland has again emerged as part of a Ballina mayoral campaign.

Ballina property owners left with road to nowhere after losing court appeal to council

A new precedent has been set in the NSW Land and Environment Court [LEC] that could give property investors and developers a reason to rethink project designs.

Labor mayoral candidates say email scam a ‘smear’ attempt

Labor Ballina Shire Mayoral candidate Keith Williams says a scam email using his name and sent to a party colleague was probably a smear attempt.

Volunteers sought to meet and greet tourists in Ballina

The resumption of the Northern Rivers' tourism industry has prompted the Ballina Shire Council to invite local residents to become volunteer ambassadors for the sector.

Ballina mayor determined to disappear into sunset after 34 years on council

Once described by an Echo reader as the mayor elected by divine right, Ballina Shire Councillor David Wright’s absence from this year’s local government campaign has been prophetic.

Cr Johnston echoes calls for Dunoon Dam option in new mayoral campaign

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Eoin Johnston says he’s long had a secret desire to become ‘some sort of a politician’ and the position of mayor is next on his agenda.

Ballina mayor hopeful loses bid for independent water science team a second time

Cr Cadwallader's second version of the motion came with an extra suggestion referring directly to the dumped option of a new hinterland dam in Dunoon.

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as part of Dunoon Dam campaign

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

Bay FM welcomes new president

One of the biggest volunteer organisations on the Northern Rivers has welcomed a new president.

Lennox Head Public School to receive second campus

Students at Lennox Head Public School are likely to start the new school year in demountable classrooms after the NSW education minister scrapped plans to build on-site.

Ballina’s lead mayoral candidate determined to ‘keep politics out of the council’ despite past links to The Nationals

The lead candidate for Ballina Mayor has objected to suggestions she could be influenced by party politics.

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

True non-partisan leadership of Ballina Shire Council over

A reign of non-partisan leadership in the Ballina Shire may well be over, with conservative independent Sharon Cadwallader leading the mayoral vote tally by lunchtime Tuesday.

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.

Outgoing Ballina independent speaks out against Dunoon Dam campaign

Outgoing independent Cr Sharon Parry has seldom contacted The Echo during her time on the council but says she felt honour bound this week.

Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

Ballina council votes for waterfront affordable and social housing

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to ask for state government commitment on waterfront affordable and social housing as part of a marina upgrade.

Ballina mayoral candidate calls for tighter holiday letting rules

Byron’s status as the only shire exempt from NSW holiday letting regulations could be under threat as a declared housing crisis on the Northern Rivers continues.

Former Nationals member echoes calls for Dunoon Dam in Ballina mayoral campaign

Support for the idea of new dam in Byron’s hinterland has again emerged as part of a Ballina mayoral campaign.

Ballina property owners left with road to nowhere after losing court appeal to council

A new precedent has been set in the NSW Land and Environment Court [LEC] that could give property investors and developers a reason to rethink project designs.

Labor mayoral candidates say email scam a ‘smear’ attempt

Labor Ballina Shire Mayoral candidate Keith Williams says a scam email using his name and sent to a party colleague was probably a smear attempt.

Volunteers sought to meet and greet tourists in Ballina

The resumption of the Northern Rivers' tourism industry has prompted the Ballina Shire Council to invite local residents to become volunteer ambassadors for the sector.

Ballina mayor determined to disappear into sunset after 34 years on council

Once described by an Echo reader as the mayor elected by divine right, Ballina Shire Councillor David Wright’s absence from this year’s local government campaign has been prophetic.

Cr Johnston echoes calls for Dunoon Dam option in new mayoral campaign

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Eoin Johnston says he’s long had a secret desire to become ‘some sort of a politician’ and the position of mayor is next on his agenda.

Ballina mayor hopeful loses bid for independent water science team a second time

Cr Cadwallader's second version of the motion came with an extra suggestion referring directly to the dumped option of a new hinterland dam in Dunoon.

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as part of Dunoon Dam campaign

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.
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