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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

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.

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.

Mutual obligation or mandatory vax?

There is much being said about the pros and cons of the vaccination. Do we? Don’t we? Must we? Must...

End of Days

Sometimes life would be a lot simpler if I could just believe in God. If I could believe that...

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

Blue skies for Blueberry Fields

Blueberry Fields is very much a family business with father-and-son team Otto and Jasch Saeck working alongside each other...

December 9, 2015

Issue 30.26

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review – In the Heart of the Sea

Ron Howard has made so many good and popular (ie mainstream) movies that it is hard to imagine cinephiles ever conferring on him the breathless accolade of ‘great filmmaker’. From outer space to the circuits of Formula One to...


Making Falls special for you

A good festival is a portal into another place, almost another you. This is something Falls Festival’s Village artistic director Ian Pidd knows only too well.


Cinema Review – Creed

There have been some great boxing movies – Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull and Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby are immediate standouts. None of the Rocky series (1976–90) comes close, so it would have been easy to write off with...


Youth and exuberance for summer

The final rounds of the Football Far North Coast Summer youth league saw the SAE-Qantm Rams and the Byron Wildcats going down to strong teams from Lismore Thistles and Alstonville.


Junior title judges give Kyuss a perfect score

Six individual and seven school teams were crowned on the final day of competition at the Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles at Cylinder Beach last Saturday.


Live Music Roundup – Thursday 10 December, 2015

Seaside Carols There’s nothing like coming together for Christmas carols. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the songbook, but I love the nostalgia – that it somehow feels like that magic time as a child when we were getting...


Life on the Mike

A true-blue baby boomer, McClellan is not slowing down, he’s not picking up his pipe and slippers or playing lawn bowls. Mike’s career is forging ahead, with tours both here in Australia, and then appearances at invitation-only showcases and...



Jonathan Atherton is a force of nature. Wildly funny, insanely clever and completely unpredictable. There’s just no telling what Atherton will do or where he will take you during one of his shows. No two shows are EVER the...


Culture Roundup – Wednesday 10 December, 2015

Comedy Christmas virgins They’re back. The next crop of Mandy Nolan’s standup comedy virgins. Bigger, bolder and brasher than ever. For the past six weeks standup comedian, artist, mother and mentor Mandy Nolan has been teaching the gentle art of...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Year of the Yoni

A few years ago I had a vagina. It was fairly common. All women I knew had one. I was pretty happy with it, I think. Like most, mine was standard issue. I


Boomerang at Blues

This year the good people of Bluesfest are introducing something very new and very special – a festival within a festival – with the Boomerang Festival and celebration of first nations setting up a precinct onsite. Boomerang director Rhoda Roberts...


The d’Arenberg Cube

If you’ve ever visited D’Arenberg’s cellar door in McLaren Vale South Australia, you’ll be in for a surprise on your next visit. A five-storey glass Cube is under construction in the vineyards overlooking the 19th century homestead. With the...


Caffeinated competition

Vivienne Pearson Have you ever watched a fashion parade while muttering about how such an outlandish display has no connection to the real world of finding something to wear? You may have similar thoughts when watching baristas create outlandish signature drinks...


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...