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Power from the barrel of a gun

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's immediate reaction to the assassination attempt on US presidential candidate Donald Trump was that there was 'no place for violence in the democratic process', but this is the latest in a very long line of incidents which prove otherwise.

National NAIDOC Week – Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud

This year’s National NAIDOC Week theme honours the enduring strength and resilience of First Nations peoples and culture.

Fingal residents celebrate Cubby Bakehouse backdown over illegal development

The illegal development of the Fingal General Store into a commercial bakery was ended on Tuesday when Cubby’s development application (DA) was modified to remove the commercial bakery.

Remembering those who served, July 11 

The Byron Bay war memorial has witnessed its fair share of commemorations over the years – from ANZAC Day ceremonies to Vietnam Veterans Day services and many in between.

Coopers Shoot wedding venue proposed 

Another local holiday accommodation operator is looking to cash in on the lucrative rural wedding market, this time in Coopers Shoot. 

Tweed Council wants feedback on Crabbes Creek Community Hall upgrade

The Crabbes Creek Community Hall is heading towards. major upgrade and Tweed Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan for the work to make it a safer and more inclusive space for gatherings, events and activities.

NAIDOC WEEK: Bundjalung art on show

Coinciding with NAIDOC week celebrations, Longstanding will be at the Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Library until August 17.

Residents face being cut from Mullum’s water 

Dozens of Mullumbimby residents located close to the town’s local water source at Lavertys Gap Weir in Wilsons Creek are uniting against a recommendation by Byron Shire Council staff to disconnect the town’s local water supply.

72 house-raises and retrofits announced  

Seventy-two homeowners in the Ballina electorate will receive government funding to raise and retrofit their flood-affected homes, says local NSW Greens MP, Tamara Smith. 

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

A fairytale end to Skullcandy Oz Grom Open

Organisers of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open say yesterday's final event was a fairytale finish to the competition with a day of huge stories,...

Cartoon of the week – July 10, 2024

Letters to the editor The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers...

Affordable housing key to Ballina Greens, Kiri Dicker’s, Mayoral campaign

Lennox local and sitting councillor Kiri Dicker is running for Mayor of Ballina Shire Council in the upcoming council election on September 14 and is putting affordable housing for key workers as front and centre of her campaign.

Northern Rivers blacked out as Essential Energy ‘sheds load’

24,500 customers in Ballina, Lismore and surrounding areas experienced an unplanned power outage after Essential Energy was directed to ‘shed load to protect transmission security’.

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.

RDAA celebrating all that is Blak

The Rural Doctors Association Australia (RDAA) is encouraging members to show their support and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, not only during NAIDOC week, but through their medical practice all year round.

New Byron fire station afoot

The NSW Labor government has allocated $8.2 million in its 2024–25 budget for a new Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) station in Byron Bay.

Tweed farmers encouraged to apply for $4,000 funding

Tweed Shire Council is once again offering the Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Program, designed to encourage best practice and inspire environmental creativity in agricultural activities across our community.

AMBER ALERT: Missing Children, Paradise Point

The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a 3-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old boy who went missing from Victor Avenue in Paradise Point at 4pm yesterday, who may be at significant risk.

What price conscience?

Senator Fatima Payman's abrupt departure from the Labor Party after crossing the floor over the issue of Palestinian statehood was a very public demonstration of the tensions between party cohesion and individual conscience in the Australian political system.

Day 4 of Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head

On the fourth day of competition at Lennox Head, Skullcandy Oz Grom Open age division competitors welcomed a change in conditions as light cross-shore winds coincided with mellow three-foot waves.

Winter Whales swim raises $34k

One of Byron Shire’s biggest yearly events – The Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim – have announced the beneficiaries of their 2024 fundraising efforts. 

Stop-work injunction at Wallum Estate in Brunswick Heads

A Federal Court injunction was issued last night to stop any further work by developer Clarence Property or its contractors at the Brunswick Heads, Walllum Estate site. 

Heritage-listed Bangalow property approved as wedding venue

Having an outdoor wedding venue next to a cemetery might seem a strange union at first glance. But perhaps in the case of Bangalow’s Hinterland House, it will turn out to be a match made in heaven.

4WD access to Seven Mile Beach to be phased out

Ballina Shire Council will phase out 4WD access to Seven Mile Beach. From 1 July only half-year and full-year permits are available.

Zionism, antisemitism and Israel

Byron Shire Council passed a rather messy but nevertheless important motion last week on Gaza and Israel.

Humpback freed off Evans Head

A whale that was badly enmeshed in commercial fishing gear was freed off the coast of Evans Head earlier this month, following a major community rescue effort.

Seaside villages get mapped resilient 

The South Golden Beach-New Brighton-Ocean Shores Community Resilience Team have recently designed and installed maps in each of the village areas as part of their ‘Creating a prepared and resilient community program’.

New rules for NSW pokies venues in play

New harm minimisation measures came into effect across NSW this week for pubs and clubs with gaming machines.

Feedback sought on Disaster Adaptation Plans guidelines

The NSW government is inviting community consultation on newly released local government draft Disaster Adaptation Plans guidelines.

Stolen Lismore caravan found in Alstonville

Richmond police say they’ve recovered a caravan stolen from Lismore last week.

Upgrades to Byron tip this month

The Byron Shire Council says work is start this month on upgrades to stormwater infrastructure at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

Nudity to be banned at Tyagarah by NPWS

While Tyagarah residents have welcomed the decision to close the Clothing-Optional Area within Tyagarah Nature Reserve, naturists contested the decision-making process, and claim concerns around public safety are not supported by police statistics.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Never Give Up

A snowball’s chance in hell. That was what I had thought Julian Assange’s chances of freedom. A war in Gaza. A war in Ukraine. The real threat of Trump’s orange haze back in the White House. A dystopian swing to the far-right in France. Advance Australia, the scary right-wing group who funded the ‘No’ vote here in Australia declaring they’ll drop millions to stop Greens winning the balance of power in the next election by targeting our seat of Richmond.

Clarence locals welcome miners commitment to ‘pause’ activities

It has been a long seven years for the Clarence Catchment Alliance (CCA) who have been fighting against mining in the Clarence catchment. 

Casino murder triggers investigation of police response

The alleged murder of a 40-year-old woman Sarah Miles in Casino in the early hours of Saturday, 29 June has triggered a critical incident investigation of the NSW Police response to the 000 call.

Women’s Giving Circle hosts DV panel event July 4

A panel event, ‘Gendered violence; hope, optimism, and local solutions’, will be held at The Farm on July 4 from 7.30am to 9am.

Power from the barrel of a gun

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's immediate reaction to the assassination attempt on US presidential candidate Donald Trump was that there was 'no place for violence in the democratic process', but this is the latest in a very long line of incidents which prove otherwise.

Complex Palestinian issue

Many false ideas in Mr Heilpern’s article. But I would say this; hardly anybody is trying to understand the complex Palestinian issue, nor to...

Get their houses in order

Well David Heilpern may be discombobulated (Echo, July 3), but his use of the word Zionist as a derogatory term for those that support...

Arabs rights

Regarding Heilpern’s article: 1. Not a token of non-Jews serve in the army. By and large the whole Muslim Druze community serve. While it...