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Legal system fails to keep kids safe

Fifteen years ago, Karen Bell’s three children – Bon 18 months, Maddie 5, and Jack 7, were found with their dead father Gary Bell in a vehicle at Perico – a collapsed hippy colony on the NSW far south coast.

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Fatal crash near Coffs

Three people have been involved in a horrifying crash today, leaving two dead and one in critical condition, police said. 

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Cartoon of the week – 22 May, 2024

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef 'greener' are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

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Kambo inquest reopens at Byron Bay

NSW State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan was back in Byron Bay courthouse yesterday, along with the family of Jarrad Antonovich and a number of other interested parties, including legal counsel.

Kambo/ayahuasca inquest to resume next week

The coronial inquest into the untimely death of Jarrad Antonovich, near Kyogle, will resume at Byron Bay Courthouse next Wednesday, after the inquest ran out of time to complete its work last year in the Northern Rivers and Sydney. A week of hearings is expected before the state coroner announces her findings.

Concerns over ayahuasca practitioner Lore Solaris’s plan to head to Brazil

Concerns have been raised over the intention of Lore Solaris, who was facilitating an ayahuasca ceremony at Arcoora the night Jarrad Antonvich died, to leave Australia for Brazil.

Inquest interruptus: to be continued…

Yesterday afternoon the inquest into the kambo-related death of Jarrad Antonovich stopped abruptly mid-witness. Family and media were later informed that the current witness would finish her testimony next month, with the rest of the inquest not due to be completed until February 2024.

Disturbing revelations continue at Jarrad Antonovich inquest

Jarrad Antonovich’s long decline and ayahuasca-related death at theArcoora Eco Retreat was described as a ‘beautiful occasion’ by event organisers, disturbing his family. 

Questions mount at Jarrad Antonovich inquest

Yesterday the coronial inquest into the death of Jarrad Antonovich moved temporarily to Ballina Courthouse, with a toxics expert, two ambulance officers and a neighbour taking the stand. After the power failure in Lismore which caused the move, there were more questions than answers when NSW State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan reopened proceedings.

Inquest into death of Jarrad Antonovich begins

Yesterday the NSW State Coroner, Magistrate Teresa O'Sullivan, continued her investigations into deaths on the Northern Rivers following 'natural therapies'. The latest coronial inquest is examining the death of 46 year old Jarrad Antonovich at Arcoora Arts & Eco Retreat near Kyogle in 2021.

Homelessness service funded – but only for a year

With 2024 Street Count data indicating a 16 per-cent increase in rough sleepers in Byron Shire, the NSW government has responded to say that the previously-announced Assertive Outreach team will receive $1.3m in funding for a year.

Rally demands action over Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, a march through Byron’s streets last Saturday demanded immediate action from the Australian Labor government to stop the genocide and mass starvation of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

New witnesses in long-running kambo inquest

Proceedings reopened in Byron Bay Courthouse yesterday in what is expected to be the final stage of the long-running coronial inquest into the death of Jarrad Antonovich.

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.