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High risk vehicles to be stopped and checked for fire ants at NSW Qld border

The detection of Red Imported Fire Ants at South Murwillumbah has seen a quick response from the Department of Primary Industries who have now started their next wave of operation in response. 

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Byron Council to encourage long-term rentals

How do we encourage people who own secondary dwellings, dual occupancies and investment properties in the Shire to put them on the long-term rental market rather than posting them on Airbnb?

Abuse and falsehoods erode the public square of science

As the world faces existential problems such as pandemics and climate change, Australian scientists are facing a dilemma about the best way to connect with the wider public.

Direct action – antidote to despair

The truth about climate change is alarming to say the least. But I was heartened over the weekend of November 25 and 26 to hear it discussed with great clarity and nuance at the Rising blockade of the Newcastle's coal port.

Everybody rReads The Echo – 6 December, 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Can’t help myself

Heard while passing a young couple anxiously looking east from top of the lighthouse walk: Where are they? There...

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Ballina community leaders honoured

Koala conservationist Maria Matthes was named Ballina's Citizen of the Year in yesterday's Australia Day Awards, which were closed to the public but livestreamed from the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

Finding Ballina’s hidden treasure

A short drive south of Ballina, at Pimlico, is the recently opened Ballina District Museum. With extra visitors in the area for school holidays, and weather not ideal for the beach, The Echo went along to meet some of the volunteers working to bring the region's history back to life.

Kingscliff hosts largest triathlon since covid

Over 1,600 athletes were in Kingscliff over the weekend to participate in the largest triathlon since covid.

Vale Pam Sonia

Very sadly, local treasure Pam Sonia passed away in Ewingsdale, last Wednesday, December 6. 

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.