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Gambian: ‘State budget must encourage uptake of electric vehicles’

The Nature Conservation Council has launched a campaign to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in NSW, with a video and a petition.

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Ballina’s Mariann Lloyd-Smith and her mission to stop toxics in the environment

Living quietly in beautiful Ballina is one of the global heavy-hitters in the fight to eliminate and control toxic chemicals, Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith.

Cartoon of the week – 8 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

The housing crisis in regional Australia

As someone who rents a home, I’m frustrated with the lack of action on affordable housing. The debate has raged for years, yet the government buries its head in the sand.

Running out of time

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock I just returned from the ‘Festival of Resistance’, which happened outside of the weapon expo at the...

Virtually live music, imaginary shrooms, and happy koalas: welcome to the COVID Splendour

Well, the people behind Splendour in the Grass have finally done it. They’ve organised a music festival that won’t disturb a single koala, rare bird, or noise-sensitive neighbour living in or around the North Byron Parklands.

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.

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Ballina MP Tamara Smith supports call for fairness

A deputation of courageous residents of residential land lease communities around Ballina have joined local MP Tamara Smith in calling for changes to the Act governing their communities, in the face of increasing exploitation and inequity.

WSL plan wiped out by Ballina Council

An extraordinary meeting of Ballina Shire Council was held yesterday afternoon to discuss the controversial proposal to hold the World Surf League competition at Lennox Head this Easter.

Politicians line up to take credit for improvements at Lennox Head

At the launch of the Lennox Head Cultural Centre this week, the alliances and differences between local and state politicians were on show, along with some fine singing and a sparkling new venue.

Alstonville Croquet Club gets a welcome boost

Alstonville Croquet Club is the proud owner of a new clubhouse, thanks to a Community Building Partnership Grant of $20,000. The Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, had a tour of the new facilities on Friday, and says it was a great morning.

Tamara Smith opposes border closure

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she doesn’t agree with calls to close the New South Wales border.

Is it time to go nuclear?

NSW National Party leader John Barilaro supports nuclear in NSW, and One Nation are pushing a bill through parliament. The Echo is yet to receive comment from local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin and Member for Page, Kevin Hogan.

Election candidates disclose their drug use history

With Greens MP Cate Faehrmann’s admission recently that she has taken illegal substances, what better opportunity to ask the three state election candidates about their own drug use?

MP vows to stop 4WDs trashing South Ballina Beach

Ballina state MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has taken up the cause of South Ballina residents who say their beach is being trashed by four-wheel-drive vehicles hooning in the dunes.

$330,000 for community groups in Ballina electorate

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) today announced the electorate of Ballina has secured $330,000 in funding for a total of 19 projects through the...

Solar boost for North Coast low income households

The North Coast is one of five regions chosen to participate in a trial scheme to give the benefits of clean solar energy to local households. 

Two WRHS rescue flights from Tabulam in one day

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) say they travelled to Tabulam twice yesterday in separate incidents in the town.

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.

Roar

Kate Coxall, BSC Green candidate, Wilsons Creek In response to the silencing tactics of unaware and privileged men in last week’s Echo, I say ‘No’. We, as women,...

Big donation and new poetry competition for BRFR

Local community group Ballina Region for Refugees is having a big month, with a major anonymous donation amongst other news.