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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

Other News

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Steve Krieg: ‘I believe that there must be change’

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, 04 December, 2021. Restaurateur Steve Krieg is running in the hopes of being Lismore's next Mayor.

A history of ‘freedom’ and the Northern Rivers vaccine divide

Among the many myths about the COVID-19 vaccines is a belief they contain live virus that a vaccinated person will shed in social and intimate circumstances. Along with many other vaccine myths, this belief is contributing to a significant divide in the Northern Rivers community.

Ben Smith leaving Ballina Council

The unique contributions of current Deputy Mayor Ben Smith to Ballina Shire Council are coming to an end, as he's decided to hang up his councillor hat after thirteen years, and not contest the December election.

Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

No Ballina commemoration for 11 November

Speaking on behalf of the Ballina RSL sub-branch, Dick Wills BEM has announced that there will be no public commemoration service in Ballina for Remembrance Day next month.

October 21, 2015

Issue 30.19

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In this Issue:

Seated at the stairway to heaven

Led Zeppelin band members penned Stairway to Heaven long before they were guests at Rae’s, but if there was ever a restaurant poised to reflect on that song title then The Restaurant at Rae’s is it.


The man who loved a bank

Self described writer, writer, lawyer and shameless idealist, Mark Swivel fell in love with a bank. Not just any bank mind you, the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank. In his show, How Deep is Your Love, Swivel dives into microfinance and...


Cinema Review: Black Mass

https://youtu.be/R_F-lVhSfx8 I’d never heard of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger before this. It turns out he was one of the conga-line of real-life American gangsters who are so popular with noir filmmakers. As king-pin of South Boston in the ’seventies and ’eighties,...


One Hell of a Hall gig!

The good people of Federal and surrounds fought hard to save and buy the church and the hall as part of their community facility. Each year to pay for maintenance and ongoing costs the crew put on one hell...


Art vs Science Play Byron Falls NYE

One of Australia’s most popular live acts, Art vs Science are back with a brand new single, Create/Destroy. ‘It’s about a faltering relationship, and the myriad questions the mind throws out and the crumbling footholds to which it clings as...


The Train Comes to Mullum

The undisputed leaders of the Dub dance genre pull in to share the love at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday. How have you stayed at the top of your game for over two decades? A subtle combination of hard work,...


Live Music Roundup – October 22, 2015

Things that make you go Boo Sydney’s pulse-tronic duo, Boo Seeka, still less than a year old, are bringing their genre-hopping (hip hop/ soul/ electro) sounds to Byron this weekend. The duo have also made appearances at notable Australian festivals Groovin...


Cinema Review: The Walk

https://youtu.be/GR1EmTKAWIw In 1974, Philippe Petit and a small group of fellow conspirators strung a wire between the newly completed towers of the World Trade Center and, to the consternation of New Yorkers below, the French performance artist walked crossed the...


Noonan’s Transmutant Triumph

The enigmatic and ever-evolving Katie Noonan steps back into the band environment with her latest album release, Transmutant. Comprising herself, the Captain’s bandmates Stu Hunter and Declan Kelly and newcomer, New Zealand guitarist Peter Koopman. ‘I was kind of wanting to...


Culture Roundup – October 21, 2015

All aboard for history on the tracks Take your seat under the stars as NORPA’s Railway Wonderland brings Lismore’s beautiful, disused train station back to life. Drama, dance, song (a choir no less!) combine to tell a magical story inspired...


Getting together with Men of League

Now that the league season is over, it’s time to reminisce what did and didn’t happen and what went wrong and what went right and what better way to talk about a great season of football than with all the old blokes…


Byron firefighters needed

If you enjoy being part of a team, are physically fit, live in Byron Bay and want to give something back to your community, then here's your chance to become a retained firefighter.


Winning chance for Mullumbimby shoppers

Christmas is coming – and so is the Mullumbimby Shop Local campaign. Spend $20 at any of the 60 participating stores and you will go in the draw to receive one of 30 $100 vouchers to spend at a participating store.


Friends and musos – Tindley, Bell and Carr

Much loved North Coast songsters; Sara Tindley, Ash Bell (Starboard Cannons), and Danni Carr (Mr Cassidy) have joined forces for a handful of intimate shows around Victoria and NSW.


Should the Northern Rivers be opening up to mines?

The question of whether or not mining should be allowed in the Northern Rivers has once again been raised and the issue is being brought to the table in the NSW Parliament.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...