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Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

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The COVID-19 Booster: Latest news from the pandemic

The COVID-19 Booster is Cosmos Magazine’s weekly shot of the latest research, news and data from the pandemic.

Council acknowledges desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps

Last night Lismore Council looked at House Relocations, Land swaps and Buy Backs when Councillor Adam Guise’s moved a motion that “Council acknowledges flood impacted ratepayers' desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps."

Comment: Time for another Police Royal Commission? 

It might be time for another investigation into the NSW Police Force, but this time, the police conduct under the microscope would be alleged overreach in the application of certain powers.

Bruns playground?

I have been fortunate to travel from Cape York Qld to Cockle Creek Tassie and as a grandparent always...

Cartoon of the week – 10 August, 2022

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.

Flood residents get $650 from Lismore Council

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg today announced that 1,558 residents will receive a grant of $650 from the Lismore Flood Appeal.

Stories about "asylum seekers":

Kindness on rise in Ballina and beyond

A community battered by natural disasters and COVID is still finding room in its heart for refugees and asylum seekers, according to Ballina Region for Refugees Vice President Stanley Yeo.

Eight years of ‘suffering’ for Australia’s asylum seekers

Ballina Region for Refugees [BRR]has highlighted the dubious anniversary this week by again calling on Northern Rivers’ locals to write to politicians demanding an end to detention for people who found to be genuine refugees.

Urgent call to write to MPs as 90 medevac’d asylum-seekers endure detention in Australia

Ninety men have been in hotels and other types of detention across Australia since 2019 after spending six years on Manus or Nauru islands.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

New initiative supports refugees in the community

Sponsoring refugees to settle in Australia could be on the cards if the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) pilot program, that Ballina Region for Refugees (BRFR) is participating in, is successful.

Thus Spake Mungo: Morrison leads the way to the ultimate Pacific solution

The Great White Father has arrived on the far-flung atolls of the Pacific. Like the missionaries before him, Scott Morrison is delivering the bringing of the light -- a gospel of hope and salvation. Well, up to a point. Boiled down, his message is that if they are worried about the rising waters, they should sandbag the foreshores and move to higher ground (if there is any), because he is not going to do anything substantial to help.

The world must not stand by and see Rahaf forcibly returned

Saudi Arabia is attempting to force 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to return to the country after being apprehended in Thailand en route to Australia where she had hoped to seek asylum.

There are humane alternatives for helping refugees

Jenny Coman, Bangalow. Where does Peter Dutton get his ideas from – or are they prompts? Having watched and listened to him (reluctantly) during the time of this government, I can’t believe he could come up with anything original – unless he does have one area of expertise: fear mongering.

Refugees are not criminals

Scott Sledge, president, Northern Rivers Guardians. Dear Kevin Hogan, MP: I heard about the demonstration outside your office today too late to attend. I'll write instead:

Lismore rally to protest return of asylum seekers to Nauru

A rally to protest the Federal Government's 'inhumane treatment' of asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres is being held in Lismore, and other centres across Australia, today.

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Fuel stolen from farmer

The cost of fuel continues to be a major consideration in the budget, particularly in country areas where distances travelled are inevitably further for your average daily needs like accessing shops, schools and other activities.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

‘We’re back!’ Homecoming for The Channon market

The reverberations of the February and March floods reached beyond things most people expected – one of those things was the state of Coronation Park at The Channon where every second Sunday of the month one of the biggest and best markets on the Far North Coast is held.