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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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Black bellied whale sighted at Ballina dubbed ‘Liquorice’

For years southern waters whale watchers have been keeping their eyes keen for Migaloo and his offspring, but just...

NSW – bad to worse

While Gladys has left the building and we have a new religious fanatic in the top job, things are...

Ben Smith leaving Ballina Council

The unique contributions of current Deputy Mayor Ben Smith to Ballina Shire Council are coming to an end, as he's decided to hang up his councillor hat after thirteen years, and not contest the December election.

Waste to energy

On Friday I attended a biomass and waste incineration event, at the Condong sugar mill, held by the Northern...

Six new local COVID cases reported

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District to 8pm last night.

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Geography teacher blockades coal train in ‘self-defence’

Early Wednesday morning 37-year-old Victorian geography teacher Greg Rolles became the third person person to mount a tripod blocking Aurizon's coal railway. Mr Rolles says he is doing it n the hope of saving himself from the risks of premature climate related death. 

Adani trains stopped in their tracks – again

Front Line Action on coal has again halted coal trains running to Adani-owned Abbot Point Coal Port. Tayla Jay Haggarty spent six hours suspended above train lines running to the port, with her suspension system attached to the rails.

Coal protesters block rail line near Bowen

Two protesters from Front Line Action on Coal are currently blocking Aurizon’s coal railway near Bowen, calling on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

Should the Northern Rivers be opening up to mines?

The question of whether or not mining should be allowed in the Northern Rivers has once again been raised and the issue is being brought to the table in the NSW Parliament.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...