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Follow the school buses

In Byron Shire and beyond, we have a regular, convenient and reliable public transport system moving thousands of commuters...

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Woman charged following house fire – Murwillumbah

A woman will face court today charged following a house fire in Murwillumbah.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Quiet White Day – you in?

Will the Voice to Parliament make a difference if white people won’t listen? White voices occupy all the spaces....

Byron’s historic jetty engine unveiled

A piece of Byron Bay history, the old Green Frog jetty engine, has been restored and is now on permanent display at the Byron Bay Railway Station.

Vibrant and colourful seascapes

David Lane is best known for his vibrant and colourful seascapes, however his ability to capture colour and light...

Dogs – stay out 

Byron’s Main Beach and playground is a no-dog area. About ten signs clearly state this and unless someone is...

Cartoon of the week – 30 November 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Stories about "Alstonville":

Locals talk about the R word, and practical solutions

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation recently held an intensive program in Lismore digging into what resilience might actually mean in practice, for the future.

Ballina council to sell-off Alstonville land to pay off unprecedented development debt

The Ballina Shire Council voted this week to start selling off parcels of land on the Alstonville Plateau, with staff revealing unprecedented loans for commercial property activities.

State knocks back Ballina council suggestion for development consideration on State Signficant Farmland

The state’s planning authority has reportedly knocked back an initial application for State Significant Farmland in the Ballina Shire to be included on a list of potential development sites.

Rous focus on Alstonville groundwater to boost region’s supply

The Rous County Council has confirmed plans to tap into groundwater on the Alstonville plateau days after Ballina Mayor Sharon Cadwallader confirmed support of a ‘water security’ project there.

Talk of new development on Ballina Shire’s Alstonville plateau as State Significant Farmland threatened

Hopes for new private health service buildings and a new dam on the Alstonville plateau in the Ballina Shire’s hinterland were revealed at the council’s ordinary meeting last week.

Will Alstonville and Wollongbar be joined together by an industrial estate?

A rescission motion was lodged to overturn the Ballina Council decision to develop State Significant Farmland between Alstonville and Wollongbar that would essentially turn the two rural towns into one.

Consideration of state significant farmland for SUGA development leaves bitter taste

One of Ballina Shire Council’s independents is continuing to argue against suggested expansions of development between the plateau villages of Alstonville and Wollongbar.

Ballina debates what to fund first

At their last meeting, Ballina Shire councillors wrestled with funding priorities across the region, from the beaches to the hinterland.

Alarm bells for Alstonville green belt

Ballina Shire residents in Alstonville and Wollongbar are worried about a proposal to erode the green belt between their two villages.

Alstonville offers refuge to Lismore dancers

Dance students from Karen Ireland's Dance Centre, which went underwater in the Lismore floods, have been temporarily offered a place to continue their training, at Alstonville Dance Studio.

NSW Forestry challenged over failed forestry practices in precedent-setting case

What makes bushfires worse, causes native species collapse and creates forest dieback?

Urine sample test: new way to detect and screen for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, an early diagnosis – one made well before signs of irreversible dementia are apparent – is key to providing effective intervention and treatment.

Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.

A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.