Local Greens MP Tamara Smith and animal rights activists have welcomed the early end to the North Coast shark nets trial and urged the State Government not to reinstate the controversial strategy. NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair announced on... Read More →
Update: A marine-life activist has warned of an all-out campaign to prevent shark nets ever being reinstalled on the North Coast after the government ended the controversial trial a month early.
There appears a constant level in residential approvals over the last two terms of Byron Shire Council but, in Ballina, developments are steaming ahead, despite some being held up in court.
Starting today, Ballina Shire Council will begin upgrades to a particularly treacherous three-kilometre section of Byron Bay Road, Lennox Head, that it’s identified as a black spot.
Community pressure has resulted in a last minute rescission motion to temporarily save a 200-year-old fig tree at Lennox Head while further investigation is undertaken.
The Wollongbar community are winners this week, with the opening of a $6.3 million sports fields, mostly funded by the federal government and the announcement of ‘affordable housing incentives’ by Ballina Council.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has spoken in state parliament about the impact last year’s floods had on residents in Byron and Ballina Shires. And she had nothing but scorn for the state and federal Liberal/National governments for turning their backs on her constituents.
Ballina Mayor David Wright says the council has done everything in its power to prevent people accessing Dalwood Falls, the site of two deaths and numerous injuries. Despite that, the falls claimed another life on Saturday.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter transported two patients to hospital on Monday afternoon (April 9): one was a horse-rider who was injured by her horse at Lennox Head, the other a bushwalker who suffered an injury at Minyon Falls.
The NSW Nationals have been called on to rule out a nuclear power plant on the north coast once and for all.
A sailor has been rescued from his disabled yacht after it was swamped by a wave attempting to cross the Ballina Bar at around 3.30pm yesterday (Thursday).
A juvenile remains in custody over a domestic violence incident in Ballina yesterday morning (April 3) in which a household member was hospitalised after being stabbed in the stomach with a knife.
Police are seeking public help to establish the identity of a woman whose body was found on rocks below a lookout near Lennox Head on Friday afternoon (March 30).
A nine-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after having his finger bitten by a juvenile brown snake in Lennox Head yesterday.
Quick thinking by Ballina RSL staff and a heroic dive into the dark waters of a river at night saved a woman from drowning last Monday (March 5).
A 64-year-old man died after his Harley Davidson and a motorhome collided at Wardell on Saturday morning.
Ballina’s Deputy Mayor Keith Williams taken a swing at Greens MLC David Shoebridge for hosting a public meeting to ‘call police to account’ following recent social media posts of alleged police beatings of drug affected young people in Byron Bay.
The vast majority of locals want pubs and clubs to cut back on their poker machines and believe the devices are having a negative impact on the community, new polling data shows.
Ballina isn’t core Echo territory (though I’m told that any papers that make it there get grabbed instantly). When an Echo drudge found herself at a tucked-away eatery in Ballina, she loved it so much that she said we had... Read More →
Join executive chef Blake Seymour as he presents an endless summer seafood feast on Friday 2 March from 6pm at the Ballina RSL Club. The evening starts with a complimentary drink on arrival and Oyster Bar, then dinner is served... Read More →
Police are still investigating how a fire that burnt out a macadamia oil factory in Alstonville yesterday started.
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man in the Northern Rivers who is wanted on five outstanding warrants, including one for assault.
Ballina Hospital patients are set to benefit from a new, state-of-the-art operating theatre complex and medical imaging upgrades under a $7.35 million redevelopment, the government says.
As climate change gathers pace, the Northern Rivers could be at a high-risk for invasion by the exotic mosquitoes responsible for Dengue fever due to our proximity to Queensland.
Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan says a new service road will give traffic a safe and efficient bypass of the Pacific Highway upgrade works between Woodburn and Broadwater for the next two years.