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John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

Liar liar backside on fire

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Deputy PM McCormack claimed last week that PETA people ‘wouldn’t know if their backside was...

The Farm seeks to approve unauthorised land uses

A planning proposal, now on exhibition on Council’s website, aims to authorise activities at The Farm, located on the corner of Ewingsdale Road and Woodford Lane, Byron Bay.

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for the quality of its spirits...

Hassle councillors, not Council staff

Duncan Dey, Byron Greens council candidate 2021 –Main Arm The Echo’s article of 10 March implied that it was Council staff wanting to ‘raise the...

The ABC’s onto ‘em

Jason van Tol, Myocum That the ABC has just uncovered a Neo-Nazi terrorist group, rather than any of our well equipped and financed law enforcement...

Developers’ advantage

Ian Pickles, Mullumbimby I refer to the article ‘Are Council’s planning policies failing the community?’ by Hans Lovejoy (27 January), and also the article by...

Operation Marauder targeting recidivist property crime and fraud

Operation Marauder is an ongoing operation by the Tweed/Byron Police District targeting recidivist property crime and fraud offenders.

Access to capital critical for small business

Many businesses and in particular small business, have been really struggling under the weight of COVID-19 and with the rollback of Jobkeeper, things have just gotten tougher.

Scottie’s backhander

Keith Duncan, Pimlico What a thoroughly deserved backhander the UN Climate Summit gave to the marketing guy (PM Morrison), by not allowing him to waste...

Sand pipeline foolish

Janet Lavis, East Ballina I feel compelled to reply to Warwick Anderson’s suggestion to drill a pipeline from the cliff base of the Cape below the lighthouse...

Panels for dance collaborations are a Cack

The Alstonville Dance Studio has provided classes for disabled and death artists of all ages and abilities in dance, music drama and creative arts for over thirty years.

The not-so-grumpy Tim Stone, of Grumpy Grandma’s

Story & photo Kate O’Neill If you’ve been shopping at the local farmers’ markets for a while, you’ll remember Denyse Hodgson, aka, Grumpy Grandma; the...

Lennox Village Vision concept plan goes public

Draft concept designs for Lennox Head village centre have gone public today at Ballina Shire Council, and online.

OAM for conservationist Claire Oelrichs

In the Australia Day Honours list local environmentalist Claire (Catherine Marie-Claire) Oelrichs received the Order of Australia Medal for her contributions to conservation.

Pennies and Pounds

Before the introduction of decimal currency there was a well known saying: ‘if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after the pounds’.

Forests across the state reopen after rains

Recent widespread rainfall and increased humidity have meant many coastal State forests from Sydney to the Queensland border are reopening today. Many of these State...

Locals artists hit back at the government’s plan to abolish department

Scout Wallen Northern rivers’ leaders in the arts and culture industry are calling on locals to form a coordinated action plan in response to the...

Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

Champion a cause

Delighted to read Dan Reade’s letter (September 1) calling for everyone to take a new cause to champion. I have it, it’s called true...

COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.