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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

Tracking the hardening coast

Researchers are watching our shorelines get harder and simpler.

Byron Bay – Main Beach’s future tabled

The range of options for protecting Byron’s Main Beach look set to be narrowed to three, after the community had its say on the crucial shoreline project.

Rancho Relaxo

Although Jane Boniface says that everything she does is ‘a mistake’, she seems to have the knack of turning...

Julian Assange: the name that cannot be uttered

Since the news came through I have been keeping an eye and an ear out for further reporting in...

NRCG Volunteer Expressions of Interest

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is calling for expressions of interest for volunteers to support the gallery through assisting with front-of-house operations, customer service and sales.

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Tweed councillor moves to revive men’s shed plan

The controversial proposal for a men's shed at the Black Rocks sports field south of Pottsville looks set to be revived with a push...

Koala sanctuary at Black Rocks would be a tourism boon

Menkit Prince, Uki. Locals walking in the Black Rocks sports field came across a very strange sight recently: dozens of teddy bears tied to trees near where the Pottsville & District Men’s Shed is proposed to be built.

Give koalas what they need

David Norris, president, Threatened Species Conservation Society, Pottsville. The Black Rocks sports field has serious safety issues. It is in an isolated location 300 metres within bushland, and is a haven for those with ill-intent, as has been demonstrated by ongoing vandalism, obscene graffiti, break and enter, marijuana cultivation and hooning at this site.

Black Rocks sportsfield men’s shed a ‘Trojan horse’

David Norris
, president
 Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc
, Pottsville. In his email dated 30 September, renowned ecologist and koala expert, Dr Steve Phillips stated: 'The increasing development pressure being placed on the Sports Field (Black Rocks) locality is paramount to an abrogation of Council's responsibilities to Koala conservation in the Tweed'.

Tweed Coast koala habitat restored

Troy Green, general manager, Tweed Shire Council. The importance of the Pottsville Wetlands-Black Rocks koala population is testament to the outcomes of the Black Rocks by the Sea Individual Koala Plan of Management (IKPOM).

Pottsville men shedders too stubborn

David Norris, Pottsville. According to the development application that Tweed Shire Council has prepared for a Men's Shed at the Black Rocks sports field, members of the Pottsville and District Men's Shed Inc have refused to progress an application for a permanent site at the Barry Sheppard sports field (Hastings Point) simply because they refuse to go there.

Minister warns Tweed council over koalas

NSW environment minister Rob Stokes has dropped a bombshell on Tweed Shire Council, warning the state could intervene if a koala protection gate at the Black Rocks sportsfield south of Pottsville is removed.

Tweed’s koala-gate move sparks more protest

Tweed shire councillor Barry Longland has stuck by his controversial move to push for koala-protection gates at the Blacks Rocks sports field south of Pottsville to be replaced by a grid, which has angered koala campaigners and led to three public protests in the past week.

Koalas decline as councillors look on

David Norris, Pottsville. Under Tweed Shire Council's watch, over the last decade we have lost 50 per cent of our Tweed coast koalas. With an estimated 110 to 140 koalas left, there is no room for complacency if we are not only going to maintain koala residency, but also to increase numbers to a viable population size.

An ideal place for a Men’s Shed

Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville. According to the Australian Men's Shed Association, one major objective is 'to advance the health and well-being of their male members and to encourage social inclusion'. There is an ideal place for this to happen – it is located at the most southern end of the Pottsville markets.

Should the Northern Rivers be opening up to mines?

The question of whether or not mining should be allowed in the Northern Rivers has once again been raised and the issue is being brought to the table in the NSW Parliament.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...