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Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but...

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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.

Murwillumbah mega-school – consultation done says Minister’s office

The challenge to the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell that she had sprung the Murwillumbah mega-school on the community with no consultation and needed to seek further genuine consultation with the Murwillumbah community has been rebuffed.

Cartoon of the week – 16 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.

Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

Interview with The Buckleys

Sitting with The Buckleys, you know they are siblings. They have this natural ease and fluidity with each other. A lack of self-consciousness. A lot of love, but you also know they keep each other in check.

Is it really an MO? Or just a subdivision?

Ray Goodwin, MARRA Ratepayers and residents are to eat dust, cooked in potholes on Blindmouth Road because of the road conditions...

Stories about "bats":

Human activity, climate change risk more pandemics

New research has revealed climate change, environmental degradation and human activity are creating a perfect storm for more deadly pandemics like COVID-19. Scientists from the...

Don’t touch flying foxes

A reminder not to touch flying foxes comes after after a number were found deceased at The Anchorage, Tweed Heads.

Health officials warn residents to avoid touching flying foxes

The Northern NSW Local Health District has today reminded North Coast residents of the dangers of touching injured and dead bats as the summer season approaches.

Batting for bats: their vital role in forestry

Flying foxes live life large across the landscape. They are the chief pollinators and seed carriers for many species of forest trees.

Increase in bat numbers leads to public health warning

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging residents to avoid contact with fruit bats (also known as flying foxes) after reports of increased numbers in Northern NSW.

Heat killing bats by the thousands

More than 2000 flying foxes have died from the heatwave with thousands of dead bats picked up by Richmond Valley Council officers in Casino's McAuliffe Park, in the Hickey and Barker streets area, as well as in Queen Elizabeth Park, along the riverbank, and on the roadway.

Bats, ‘the canary in Australia’s coalmine’

Wildlife Carers are preparing for another devastating bat die off this summer by launching a guide to management of Flying-fox heat stress events in the Tweed Valley.

Party celebrates re-release of Casino bats

Last weekend WIRES Northern Rivers hosted a Bat Party at Clunes to celebrate the rescue and release back to the wild of 400 flying-fox pups rescued from the heat stress event in Casino in November last year.

Bat colony collapse like a war zone: carer

‘It was literally raining bats at Casino on Saturday,’ said WIRES incident manager Katy Stewart of the catastrophe that faced wildlife carers as thousands of bats dropped dead out of the trees in the 44-degree heat.

The worth of bats

Tim Acklin, Mullumbimby. I wish to address Terry Newling’s letter on bats in the May 2 edition of Echonetdaily. Firstly, I would like to point out that the animals that Terry is talking about are not bats but mammals commonly known as flying foxes. By using the name ‘bats’, it is conjuring age-old hatreds to support his arguments.

Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

The debate over the tender for the building of the rail trail between Murwillumbh and Crabbes Creek was ultimately held behind closed doors, Mayor...

Massive multi-dwelling Paterson Street DA before Planning Panel

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), an unelected consent authority that overrides Council decision making, will be considering a 14 townhouse DA for Paterson...

Backsliders coming to Lennox

Australian music legends the Backsliders are coming to Lennox Head for the first time, to play at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 26 June 2021.

Youth stage features at Byron Music Festival

Byron Youth Service says it is proud to be partnering with Byron Music to host the first ever Youth Stage event at the Byron Music Festival, to be held around the CBD and beachfront from June 18 to 20.