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Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

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Drug and firearm offences – Tweed Heads

Police say a man has appeared in court after allegedly being found in possession of firearms, drugs and nearly $10,000 cash in Tweed Heads.

Sailor rescued from ocean in overnight operation

In a dramatic overnight rescue far offshore North-East of Yamba, Marine Rescue IIuka Yamba volunteers were able to bring to safety a woman who fell overboard from a dismasted catamaran in the dark.

Bananas better than banana benders’ bananas

S Haslam It’s a big claim, that our local farmers markets have better bananas than the bananas of the very...

Celebrating 35 years of The Echo

The Echo Awards, held every five years, was a great success on Wednesday night as it celebrated 35 years of local independent journalism in the Northern Rivers and the community that have supported it throughout those times.

Three stabbed, man arrested – Lismore

Three men remain in hospital and a man’s been arrested following a stabbing in Lismore this afternoon.

Is it really an MO? Or just a subdivision?

Ray Goodwin, MARRA Ratepayers and residents are to eat dust, cooked in potholes on Blindmouth Road because of the road conditions...

Stories about "Arts Northern Rivers":

What’s the big idea?

During the pandemic, we have had lots of time to think and many of us have come up with ideas that could be the next big thing – Arts Northern Rivers want to know all about it.

NORPA chief calls for Northern Rivers artists to respond to axing of fed gov arts dept

‘I feel like it's time to have a response to the way in which taxpayer’s money is being worked with,’ says NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis.

Recognising local Widjabul‐Wyabul artists

Recognising the importance of local artists Lismore Regional Gallery and Arts Northern Rivers are seeking expressions of interest to create a strong new work of art in the Lismore quadrangle that will create a focal point for the entrance to the new Lismore Regional Gallery.

Northern Rivers’ youngest little hall celebrates a birthday

Most of the region’s halls brought to life as part of Arts Northern Rivers’ If These Halls Could Talk project are historic structures dating back a century or more. But Broadwater’s Rileys Hill Hall is just about to celebrate its 20th birthday.

Candidates versus culture vultures at arts, media forum

The three main contenders for the seat of Page will face the scrutiny of arts lovers at a specially convened candidates’ forum next week.

Country halls star in new arts initiative

Local artists gathered last Friday at the Ewingsdale Hall to kick off a two-year arts project entitled If These Halls Could Talk, which aims to celebrate country halls and the role they play in our communities.

Small halls: the region’s unsung venues

Whether done up or worn out, the halls that are scattered around Australia hold secrets of times gone by and memories of lives still being lived; from first kisses to kisses goodbye.

Paul Spooner to chair Arts Northern Rivers

Arts Northern Rivers has announced the unanimous election of Byron Shire Cr Paul Spooner as the new chair of the Board. He replaces outgoing chair, Ballina Cr Susan Meehan.

Call to drive growth of regional creative industries

A panel of northern rivers creatives, including Byron Bay International Film Festival director Jaimee Skippon-Volke and head of Arts Northern Rivers Peter Wood, spoke on a panel last week at Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney.

Northern rivers scoops cultural awards

It’s official: the northern rivers is the confirmed as the cultural capital of regional NSW after it scooped the pool last night at a special awards ceremony held at NSW Parliament House.

Celebrating 12 years of liberating food for those in need

Liberation Larder is located on Fletcher St Byron Bay behind the community centre and was founded in 2009 by Venerable Honu, a Buddhist nun, who recognised there were many people in our community struggling to make ends meet. 

Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

Jailer Dutton

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Peter Dutton, top jailer of poor refugees and kids, and now one very sick one, has spent $50 million of your hard...

Is it really an MO? Or just a subdivision?

Ray Goodwin, MARRA Ratepayers and residents are to eat dust, cooked in potholes on Blindmouth Road because of the road conditions and an approval for 12...