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Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

Byron businesses buckle down

The Greater Sydney lockdown has had a direct impact on local businesses who have seen a dramatic fall in customer numbers, particularly in Byron Bay.

Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

Interview with Felix Riebl from the Cat Empire

One of the most danceable outfits in the lineup, The Cat Empire make a welcome return to Bluesfest 2021 with their infectious, genre-embracing anthems and a world-class, awe-inspiring show. Last week Seven caught up with co-founder, band leader and principal songwriter, Felix Riebl, from his lockdown hidey hole in Melbourne.

Staged rollout change for large OS DA

Plans by a developer to change the staged rollout for a large Ocean Shores subdivision, and nine dwellings on 11 and 13 Warrambool Rd and 9 Bian Crt, Ocean Shores, are now on exhibition on Council’s website.

$10k fine for man who flew to Ballina while COVID infected, as govt takes Pfizer vaccine from regions

A young man who left COVID lockdown in Sydney and flew to Ballina while infected with the virus has been fined nearly $10,000 for numerous health order breaches in NSW and Queensland.

Stories about "Belongil Beach erosion":

Coastal management vital – help Byron Shire Council plan

The impact of cyclones and costal erosion is an ongoing issue for all coastal communities and is of particular importance with the future impacts of climate change that are underway. Byron Shire Council is seeking feedback on stage 1 if it's coastal strategy.

Belongil landowners sue independent coastal panel

The NSW Coastal Panel, an independent body of experts who advise the NSW government on coastal matters, is being taken to court by Belongil landowners after it rejected recent plans for rock walls.

Save our beaches – time for another submission

Jan Barham, Broken Head. Congratulations community, a record number of submissions on West Byron mega developments. Now we face the potential of losing our beaches, so...

Byron shire council calls for federal approach to coastal hazards

Byron shire councillors voted 8–1 last week to ‘write to our local members of parliament calling for a coordinated national approach to managing coastal hazards…

Wanchap’s advertisements misleading

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay It is frightening that Rose Wanchap (advertisement, Echo, August 24) falsely claims that over the past 20–30 years at Belongil ‘no...

Belongil beachfront property gains interest

While the Coastal Zone Management Plan Byron Bay Embayment (CZMP BBE) policy is yet to be gazetted by the state government, it appears there is still considerable financial interest in the known erosion hotspot.

How a handful of wealthy Belongil residents won the right to keep their seawalls

Hans Lovejoy It’s not the lack of detail regarding the recent court settlement between Council and a handful of Belongil landowners that should concern ratepayers,...

Council misleading over Belongil settlement

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay Council is misleading the community with their pretence that their court settlement with a variety of Belongil property owners will have...

Byron Council settles Belongil court cases

Byron Shire Council has settled two long-running court cases brought against it by separate groups of Belongil landowners, one of which has taken six years to finalise.

Wall will erode Belongil Creek estuary

Andrew Murray, Broken Head Regarding your article Seawall schemozzle without legal clarity, and the various responses on your website. The only thing that will keep a...

Joyride tears up Chinderah golf course fairway

Police say that three youths were caught joyriding on golf club vehicles at Chinderah late last Friday evening.

SE Queensland’s lockdown and local schools

The South East Queensland three day lockdown, from 4pm Saturday 31 July to 4pm  Tuesday 3 August 2021 will have implications on school in...

The great Ballina Library book sale

This Friday and Saturday will see book lovers dreams materialise in Ballina when the library holds their Library Collection Overhaul and Book Sale.

Break and Enter at Cinemas in Byron Bay

Police say that shortly after 4.20am, yesterday, Sunday August 1 a youth forced open one of the steel gates of the Palace Cinemas Byron Bay.