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Tweed local council candidates told to obey signage rules

With less than four weeks to go until the NSW Local Government election, candidates and their supporters are being reminded that they must comply with State and Council regulations when erecting signage.

Roundup of lower house seats in the Northern Rivers

Considering the way the northern NSW electorates of Lismore and Ballina voted, many local voters were disappointed to see the Liberal/National coalition re-elected for four more years in the recent NSW election.

Environment and preferencing key to winning seat of Lismore

The seat of Lismore changed hands from the Nationals to Labor in the recent NSW state elections with two key elements coming into play to create the shift.

Trend bucked, again

Congratulations Rupert Murdoch, Alan Jones, Gina Rinehart and their army of developers, bureaucrats and sycophants who were re-elected to rule over NSW last Saturday.

Koalas, energy, Murray-Darling – how do the parties stack up?

The Nature Conservation have given the three major parties running in the NSW election a quick report card on the major issues that their constituents are most concerned about and the Liberal Party are not happy.

Sustainable Australia calls to redefine the norm

Those who have read the 2017 book Game of Mates may be interested to know that one of its authors, Cameron Murray, is running as a QLD Senate candidate for the Sustainable Australia Party.

Editorial: Let’s all hold our noses and vote

The Party Animals (oops, the Animal Justice Party) candidate Cathy Blasonato admitted at the meet the candidates forum on Monday that she didn’t really want to get elected.

Ballina Nationals candidate fails to reply to resident survey

All state candidates have replied to detailed yes or no questions regarding local planning issues except Ben Franklin (Nationals).

Let’s delve into the last eight years of the NSW Coalition’s reign

Many political actors rely on voters to forget their terrible past by distracting them with rapid-fire pork barreling and non-binding pledges just prior to an election. With that in mind, the following is a potted history of The Echo’s reporting since Liberal Mike Baird was elected premier in 2011.

Early voters are taking the plunge

If you want to vote early then tomorrow is you last chance to take advantage of the early voting that has been available over...

Minimising harm from drugs – and pollies

From the injustice of the random drug testing (RDT) to the Liberal/National state government’s obsession with ensuring people die at festivals by refusing sensible and proven pill and drug testing, the current state elections have brought a focus on the draconian and outdated attitudes of the current government towards drugs.

NSW 2019 Tweed candidates

As Saturday draws ever closer and we sharpen our little tiny pencils, it’s important to remember that your votes count, and you need to know who you’re voting for –  then it will all be over and we wait to see what fate and vote and given us.

NSW 2019 Lismore candidates

As Saturday draws ever closer and we sharpen our little tiny pencils, it’s important to remember that your votes count, and you need to know who you’re voting for –  then it will all be over and we wait to see what fate and vote and given us.

Jeremy giving the big ‘L’ the thumbs up

Having moved on from the Greens, Independent MP Jeremy Buckingham launched Group L in Byron Bay yesterday.

What will Ballina candidates do for your vote?

While the party animals (I mean the Animal Welfare League) candidate Cathy Blastonata admitted that she didn’t really want to get elected most of candidates for the seat of Ballina were able to deliver a clear message of their priorities at last nights Meet the Candidates in Byron.

Bentley farmer cuts up Nationals membership card

A Bentley farmer who says she has had enough of the National party, is cutting up her voting card, and her membership, in disgust over the party's policies.

Two new candidates join Ballina race

Voters in the Ballina electorate now have six candidates to choose from in the upcoming NSW election, with Keep Sydney Open and Sustainable Australia parties registering candidates late in the race.

NSW state election 2019

Voters in the Ballina electorate (Byron and Ballina Council areas) have six candidates to choose from. In order of the ballot and the above...

NSW 2019 Ballina candidate policies

Echonetdaily has contacted all of the candidates for Ballina in the upcoming NSW election and have compiled their policies on a range of important issues.

NSW 2019 Ballina candidate profiles

In order of the ballot, the Ballina candidates are: Keep Sydney Open’s James Wright Thirty-six-year old year old radio broadcaster, filmmaker, futurist and father of three,...

Ballina candidates’ preferences – where do they flow?

Elections in the Ballina electorate have been so close in the past that the preferences have often determined outcomes in the Legislative Assembly, or lower house. 

Can Labor win back Tweed?

It seems like ancient history now but a seat often referred to as National Party heartland was held by Labor in the early years of this century. The question is, can they win it back in 2019?

What are you asking for from your NSW state candidates?

In less than two weeks our vote in the NSW state election could really cement lasting, positive change in the region, according to COREM co-founder and project manager Dave Rawlins.

Roads to riches – or more of the same?

In what many might think of as a contradiction in terms, the NSW Greens have pledged more money to fix Byron Shire’s roads than the ALP and Coalition combined.

Lismore set to be a three-cornered contest

The state seat of Lismore looks increasingly like a three-way tussle with National Party support in the district plummeting, according to poll results announced today.

Labor calls for clarity on Brunswick’s holiday parks

Labor challenges Nationals Liberal coalition to come clean on PoMs for caravan parks in Brunswick Heads and say they will scrap the legislation that allows ministers to sell of crown land without community consultation.

Greens Adam Guise to join ‘progressive’ Lismore council

Greens candidate Adam Guise has been elected to one of the final positions on the Lismore City Council, meaning that Lismore's new mayor Isaac Smith will lead a majority of so-called progressives.

Smith the mayor of Lismore, as Wright retains Ballina

Country Labor's Isaac Smith is the new mayor of Lismore after defeating Greg Bennett, a member of the Shooters and Fishers Party. Meanwhile, David Wright has been re-elected mayor of Ballina by a margin of 1,254 votes ahead of former Greens councillor and now independent Jeff Johnson.

Lismore still waiting to know who is mayor

UPDATE: The Lismore mayoral vote will not continue today but instead will resume in the morning. The returning officer in charge of the Lismore election...

Simon Richardson set for second term as Byron’s mayor

Byron Greens mayor Simon Richardson has been entrusted with a second term after almost half of the shire's voters gave him their first preference. But things are not so clear-cut in neighbouring Lismore and Ballina.

Lismore City Council election 2016 – candidate profiles

These candidate profiles feature the leader of groups, independents and mayoral candidates and are written by the candidates themselves and are provided here as a service to our readers.

Which candidates support fluoride in your electorate?

Anti-fluoride campaigners are calling on voters to consider which of their council candidates support the ongoing fluoridation of water supplies in Ballina and Lismore electorates.

Don’t forget to vote for your new council on Saturday

The 2016 Local Government Election is on this Saturday for all councils in the northern rivers area except for the Tweed. Voting is compulsory for all people enrolled in the Ballina, Byron and Lismore electorates and fines do apply for not voting.

Lismore mayoral candidate vows to bully his ‘stalkers’

Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob used his radio segment on Richmond Valley Radio last night to warn some of his critics that he would bully them next week by targeting them and the businesses they work for.

Lismore’s positive momentum at risk

Cr Simon Clough, deputy mayor, Lismore City Council Councillor Greg Bennett of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and a climate change sceptic has made...

Train supporters welcome council candidates’ support

A northern rivers group lobbying to have the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line reopened has welcomed support from a number of candidates in the upcoming local government election.

Vote for sensible development in Lismore

Cr Simon Clough, Deputy Mayor and leader of Our Sustainable Future, Lismore City Council In the last four years with a majority of progressive councillors Lismore...

Fluoride still a divisive issue in Lismore election

The deep divide in the community over water fluoridation has been reflected in replies to a questionnaire from Fluoride Free Northern Rivers to all Lismore City Council mayoral candidates.

Council pre-polling stations open

Ballina, Byron and Lismore residents can now cast their vote in the upcoming council elections, with pre-polling stations across the three LGAs opening yesterday. Tweed shire residents will have to wait a little longer.

Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.