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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

April 28, 2021

In this Issue:

Conversing in an age of verbal flatulence 

The other day I bumped into an old acquaintance of mine in the centre of Brisbane. For twenty-five breathless minutes he regaled me with a microscopically detailed account of his secondhand electric car.


Shareholders question ‘direction’ of Mullum Rural Co-op

The board’s management of the Mullumbimby Rural Co-op has been called into question by shareholders, who have called a public meeting for this Wednesday


Byron Coastal Charity Walk for Rescue Helicopter

After last year’s postponement, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is very happy to be hosting its ninth Byron Coastal Charity Walk on Saturday, May 22. Over 600 entrants have already registered for 2021 to take part in this iconic trek...


Mullum CWA seeking community support

The CWA (Country Women’s Association) in Mullumbimby have been caring for the community from their rooms on the corner of Tincogan and Gordon streets for 76 years.


What are you prepared to do for the future?

As the Australian government touted its allegedly green credentials at US President Joe Biden’s climate summit last week, it only became clearer that our conservative politicians have been left behind on climate action.


Fabulous Clothes Swap Saturday coming up

Once upon a time Graeme Batterby was travelling in India and met a young man who asked for help to build a health clinic in his rural village. This gradually morphed into a women’s empowerment program as he and partner Wendy Royston saw the need.


Cartoon of the week – 28 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.


Mediterranean experience in the hills

S Haslam For those of us who work hard, or even just feel like we do, an alternative life of pleasure and simple luxury can have an irresistible appeal. But if we can’t live carefree by the Mediterranean, we try...


Life on the lamb

The Northern Rivers may not be traditional sheep country, yet local farmer Warren Wiggins has established a successful stud on his 80 acre farm in Bexhill. His secret? The breed of sheep. ‘Dorpers are suitable for almost any climate and...


Nimbin Valley Dairy

Just when we thought Nimbin Valley Dairy couldn’t get any more sumptuous, owners Paul and Kerry Wilson have brought out a truffle brie! The fifth-generation dairy farmers and artisan cheesemakers operate from their farm in the fertile Nimbin Valley. Paul says...


Showcasing our Byron foodie ‘ecosphere’, May 1–2

S Haslam While the Northern Rivers is well known for its exceptional restaurants that showcase our locally grown produce, agriculture and food production are also very important to the economy of the region and the industry is seeing a rise...


Primex: World first in regenerative agriculture

For any youngsters around the Northern Rivers keen on exploring a potential career in the fertile field of agriculture, then Norco Primex Field Days are your one-stop shop. Returning to Casino in 2021, the sustainable agriculture and farming expo...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Using Your Influence

What is an influencer? It seems that we say the word, but most people over 35 don’t really have a clue what it means in the context of social media and brand marketing.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire and Beyond

A huge amount of entertainment all crammed into one space.


Interview with Dr Karl

‘There is a special part of our brain that will remember stories better than it will remember facts. So in answer to your question: good education, lots of reading, and I turn everything into stories… Stories go into three parts: you start off with something really weird and amazing, you explain it, and then you finish off with a joke.’


Interview with Jeanti St Clair, Curater of Flood Stories

Jeanti St Clair has curated a powerful, immersive audio experience that takes audiences into deep water. She speaks with The Echo about Flood Stories.


Interview with Marissa Treichel, The Cassettes’ Choreographer

Research has revealed that loneliness can be as impactful on one’s health as smoking. So how do we combat loneliness? How do we talk about it? Local performance artists Marissa Treichel, Rohini Drury, Ruth Walker, Danielle Linegar, and Justine Grantham have been working with Drill Hall creative director Liz Chance on TLC– a dance and movement show that shines the light on loneliness and connection. The Cassettes’ choreographer, performance artist and participant Marissa Treichel, spoke with Seven.


How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.