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On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

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Acid sulfate soil run off impacting health of fish and Tweed River

Acid sulfate soil (ASS)-related runoff from floodplain drains is affecting water quality and the health of fish in the Tweed River and Tweed Shire Council (TSC) are seeking to assist landholders with improving water quality projects. 

The Irukandjis sting in USA

Australia's national surfing team the Irukandjis have won a silver medal overall at the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games which just wrapped up at Huntington Beach, California.

A Forest of excellence

Forest Byron Bay, a restaurant by Crystalbrook Collection, has won the Regional Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Formal category at...

Caper Byron – it’s going to be food bliss!

Caper Byron Bay; Our Food and Culture Festival has launched their first program, inclusive of more than 30 diverse...

Lismore activist who blocked Sydney traffic has charges dismissed

This morning, twenty-two year old climate activist Mali Cooper faced court in Lismore, after blocking the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel during peak hour traffic in June, to protest inaction on the climate emergency.

Sherril claims open singles bowls championship

Sherril Pearce had the best of the day, beating Lorraine ‘Blossom’ McCormick 25–12 to win the open singles championship...

Loving Lismore – June 2021

1. Ace Colleges | 2. NORPA | 3. Southern Cross University Health Clinic | 4. Vistara Primary School | 5. REDinc | 6. Book Warehouse | 7. Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics | 8. Toy Kingdom | 9. Northern Rivers Stained Glass | 10. Lismore Regional Gallery | 11. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

ACE Colleges

1. Ace Colleges

2021 is the fresh start we have all been looking forward to. If you are thinking it is time to consolidate your career, formalise qualifications or fast track your job readiness then take a moment to explore your fee free, traineeship and low fee course options. Gaining your nationally recognised full qualification at Certificate III, IV or Diploma level is going to make a massive difference to your employment prospects. Decide to get back in the game. Train smart with your Community College:

  • 11 intakes a year – start studying sooner
  • Customised learning
  • Online courses with student mentoring
  • Class workshops & practical placements
  • Industry specialist trainers
  • Fee support.

If you can dream it, you can do it. #changeyourworld
59 Magellan Street, Lismore
6622 1903
[email protected]

NORPA Season 2021


NORPA has curated a thrilling 2021 Season packed full of cutting-edge performances, classic drama and sublime music including the premieres of two new NORPA works Into the Forest and Flow, an outdoor drive-in adventure Throttle and the blockbuster musical Once.
Eat, drink, and be merry!
At NORPA the good times start long before the curtain is raised, with live music in the courtyard and the NORPA Bar and Secret Chef Diner open for dinner and drinks from 6pm.
Friends with Benefits
An easy way to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the shows is by becoming a NORPA subscriber. Just choose three or more shows and get 20% off your tickets, as well as the best seats in the house and additional tickets for friends and family at subscriber rates.
All tickets on sale now at www.norpa.org.au
59 Magellan St, Lismore

Southern Cross University Health Clinic

3. Southern Cross University Health Clinic

Community members looking for affordable osteopathy treatments can now book appointments at Southern Cross University’s Health Clinic in Lismore. The Health Clinic offers quality assessments by student practitioners completing their Master of Osteopathy under the supervision of accredited practitioners.
Most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sport injuries, stiffness or pain at some time. Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage pain – so people can make the most of their active lives. The Health Clinic is offering a free initial osteopathy assessment by one of their talented Master students if you mention this Echo ad.
To make an appointment, phone Southern Cross University Health Clinic at Lismore Campus on 02 6626 9131.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
Rifle Range Rd, Lismore

Vistara Primary School

4. Vistara Primary School

Vistara students are proud of their recent seasonal harvest. The school’s grounding in ecological education is evident everywhere in the beautiful classrooms and surrounds. This school engages students to develop and broaden their intellectual and emotional connections between their personal worlds and the Earth as a living whole. The school is currently taking enrolments for 2022 and beyond. If you would like to book a personal tour, please email [email protected] You might be interested to see their Annual Art Exhibition, on display 20 July-6 August. Kindy orientation days are 10 and 17 August. Bookings are essential.
41 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill (via Lismore)
6624 4127
email: [email protected]


5. REDinc.

Transitioning from school to employment can be a tricky time. For someone with a disability it can come with additional challenges. For those in Year 12 or who have recently left school (and who have a NDIS plan) they can request funding for SLES, for up to two years, to help them move into the world of work.

The team at REDinc will chat with them to identify their work goals and come up with a plan to address the areas they feel they need help with to move toward these goals. Whether this is increasing confidence, deciding what kind of work they would like to do, travel training, work experience, job skills training, communication skills or exploring a business idea, it is all done in a supportive and fun environment.

Call Libby, SLES Coordinator to find out more on 0490 543 246.
87 Magellan Street, Lismore

Book Warehouse

6. Book Warehouse

Book Warehouse is an independently owned bookstore in Lismore, part of a larger north coast locally owned group, with shops in Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Grafton. Their staff are passionate readers – and it shows! Their stores stock the latest in new release books and they have an incredible range of specials, bestsellers, literary prize winners and classics. From the littlest tiny tot to the most well read senior there is something for everyone. They also stock a large selection of awesome art supplies, jigsaw puzzles, specialty games, beautiful greeting cards (many by local artists) gift wrap and a wide selection of bookish gifts. Quite simply, they are more than you imagine – drop by and see them next time you are in Lismore, and bring your visitors – they have repeat customers from all over Australia who come back again and again on their travels. They’re definitely worth a visit.
6621 4204
109 Keen St, Lismore

Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics

7. Tiles, Mosaics & More!

Locally-owned and family-operated, Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics is a treasure trove of beautiful and unusual tiles sourced from around the world. Exclusively stocking a stunning selection of Spanish and Italian tiles, the store also carries a contemporary collection of quality and affordable floor and wall tiles, natural stone, pool tiles, pavers and mosaics, with many items available to purchase directly from the showroom. It’s a one stop shop with quality adhesives, a huge selection of Laticrete and Ardex grout colours, tiling trims and the tools to help you get the job done. The mosaic range is like a lolly shop full of colourful glass, ceramic and mirror mosaics perfect for your next creative project. Bookings are available for beginners mosaic workshops and mosaics are now available online! Check out their Instagram accounts to see more of what’s in store:
177 Keen Street, Lismore
6621 5232
@nrtiles  |  @nrmosaics

Toy Kingdom

8. Toy Kingdom

When visiting Lismore you can’t go past Toy Kingdom’s flagship store located in the CBD opposite Flock. With an emphasis on play-based learning and educational toys, the ethos of this locally owned and operated store is one that has stood the test of time in a world where toy fads come and go. Operators, Carey and Carmel, have enjoyed a strong local following for over 26 years and customers of their Byron and Ballina locations regularly travel to Lismore to shop the larger range and big-ticket items not carried in their smaller coastal stores. Boasting the largest range of toys, games and puzzles on the north coast, including hard to find brands for kids and collectors, this is a store where kids are king and parents enjoy friendly expert advice. Generous layby terms are available and items will be shipped to your store of choice for pickup within 24hrs!
02 6621 3473
64 Woodlark St, Lismore
FB: @mytoykingdom

Northern Rivers Stained Glass

9. Northern Rivers Stained Glass

Join the creative team at Northern Rivers Stained Glass for a workshop and learn how to create your own piece of glass magic. Their two-day workshops are fun and relaxed for beginners, intermediate, or those wanting to brush up on an old skill set. Their centrally located shop offers a wide range of glass equipment, including a beautiful glass sheet range with great prices. The shop is also filled with locally made gifts and art. In addition, they offer a stained-glass/lead-light repair service and custom-made stained glass commissions. Check the website for more info.
Cnr of Molesworth & Magellan Sts
Instagram: northern_rivers_stained_glass
Facebook: @northernriversstainedglass 

Lismore Regional Gallery – Karla Dickens, A Dickensian Sideshow installation, 2020. Photo: Michelle Eabry.

10. Lismore Regional Gallery

A place for everybody, Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the region’s most vibrant art spaces and presents a wide range of cultural events. Showing local, national and international artists, the gallery always has something unique to experience with regular talks, children’s activities, and exhibitions. The Gallery is also home to Geoffrey Hannah’s incredible Hannah Cabinet which has weekly viewing session times to see the intricate craftsmanship inside. Outside the Gallery is lovely green space, the Lismore Quadrangle, an ideal place to kick back and relax.
11 Rural St, Lismore


Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

11. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

Founded in 1979, Fundies Lismore strives to keep the community well with nutritious food and naturopath recommended supplements – no matter where you are on your wellness journey. Inside you’ll find fresh seasonal certified organic fruit and vegetables, gluten free pasta and bread alternatives, plus organic skincare and a huge vegan food range. Free naturopathic support is available in store, offering a mainly plant based vitamin and supplement range. The team can help guide you in this area based on your individual needs or what has been prescribed by your own practitioner. From alternative products, dietary and intolerance advice, or how to look after your skin – they’ve got you covered. Sourcing food as locally as possible, grown in the earth and touched by the Sun.
(02) 6622 2199
140 Keen St, Lismore

Firearm and drug offence charges laid after Coraki vehicle stop

NSW Police say a man has been charged after a firearm and prohibited drugs were seized during a vehicle stop yesterday.

Chemicals left by first stars in the universe may have been detected by the Gemini North telescope

The chemical remains of the earliest stars in the universe may have been discovered by astronomers.

New digs for flood adaptation project

Mullum Cares has a new home in the Railway Shed Yard, on the corner of Prince and Ann Streets in Mullum.

Police suspect dies at Clothiers Creek

NSW Police say a critical incident investigation has commenced following the death of a man at Clothiers Creek yesterday.