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Government convenes Coastal Water Safety Roundtable today

NSW Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib will lead an expert roundtable looking at how more lives can be saved on NSW beaches after more than a dozen coastal drownings this summer.

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Stolen ute, ransacked service station and vandalised police cars

Stolen Brunswick Heads ute allegedly taken on wild adventure ransacking service station and being party to vandalising police cars before being abandoned in the bush at Coraki.

Short film awesomeness

Flickerfest and iQ are back, Thursday to Saturday at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Go on a remarkable cinematic journey...

SAE Institute now a University College

Creative media educator, SAE, says it is has been reclassified from institute to a University College. 

Bangalow rezoning proposal includes first affordable housing lot for Council 

A scheme created by Byron Council in a bid to generate more affordable housing in the shire looks set to get its first workout when a housing project comes before this week’s Council meeting.

Seniors Festival returns March 11

The Byron Seniors Festival is back, and will be held from March 11 to 15 at the Byron Community Centre.

Editorial – Grab the popcorn and bean bags

Both Mayor Michael Lyon and fellow councillor, Mark Swivel, offered an apology to the followers of the Save Wallum Facebook page last week.

Stories about "Australia":

Deep cuts to safety confirmed at Twitter/X

In a new transparency report released by Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, information provided by X Corp., the owner of social media platform Twitter/X, indicates the company has made deep cuts to safety and public policy personnel, with serious implications for online hate in Australia and around the world.

Trashing Westminster traditions

As an eager Young Liberal in the 1980s, I was schooled by a generation of older Australians whose values were forged during World War II.

Truth-telling beyond the Voice referendum

In order to transcend the disappointment of the Voice referendum, many political and Aboriginal leaders are focusing on ‘truth-telling’.

Lennox vet helps animals beyond borders

Lennox Head-based vet Toni Kealy recently returned from a trip to Vanuatu, where she was volunteering with the international animal charity organisation Vets Beyond Borders.

A short history of cruelty

Anthony Albanese went to the last election promising to end live sheep exports from Australia. This rubbery promise has since been rolled back to his government's second term (assuming they get one). The independent panel's long-awaited report to the federal government on the issue has now also been delayed, from this week to late October.

A tale of two pressers

Last week, the National Press Club in Canberra hosted two major press conferences, one day apart. The first was a desperate plea for attention from Nick Kaldas, the Chair of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicides. The second was an all-out attack on the Voice to Parliament, via Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Environment Minister and coal mining companies taken to court

Australia’s Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek and two coal mining companies are being taken to the Federal Court today over their failure to protect Australia’s living wonders from climate harm.

Ballina DV campaign goes international

Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary Club's domestic and family violence prevention campaign is rippling far beyond the Northern Rivers, sparking interest and support from across Australia and the wider Pacific. The Echo caught up with Rotary District Governor Dave Harmon to find out more.

A Master Plan for Southern Cross University Lismore

Southern Cross University is setting out to create a Master Plan for the Lismore campus that will be a vision for reimagining regional education in Australia

Editorial: If only Assange was a Kiwi

As an Australian, I’ve always felt somewhat inspired by New Zealand’s rugged independence and forward thinking.

People becoming severely ill at home due to heat

People experiencing financial and social disadvantage are struggling to keep their homes cool in summer and becoming seriously unwell from the heat, new ACOSS research has found.

Firefighters called to Bruns Bakery yesterday

Fire and Rescue NSW say they attended commercial premises in Fingal Street in Brunswick Heads after reports of an electrical fire at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

Rifle Range Road upgrade about to start

It’s a project that has endured many delays, but Byron Shire Council says the upgrade of Rifle Range Road at Bangalow is finally due to start in early April.

Invasive Species Council gives evidence to federal fire ant inquiry

A Senate Committee inquiry will hear evidence today that changes are needed in Australia’s fire ant response – including the creation of an independent eradication authority.