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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

An insult, Poppa

From what I can understand, Poppa Veet Mayo’s letter seems to imply that this latest COVID scare is a...

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.

Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

Paramedic pay

Sue McLeod, Myocum  I was saddened by the plight of our paramedics and their union’s frustrated attempts to seek a pay...

Stories about "Bluesfest 2020":

2020 Bluesfest cancelled: ‘We are heartbroken’

Bluesfest have cancelled their 2020 event. They made an announcement on Facebook this morning.

Why Cassar-Daley Loves the Blues-interview

Bluesfest is loved for its ability to bring music of all genres together. This year Nash Chambers presents the Australian Americana Music Honours Music Awards with John Butler, Kasey Chmbers, Ash Grunwald, Hussy Hicks, The Waifs, The War and Treaty, Henry Wagons and Troy Cassar-Daley. Troy spoke with The Echo about just how much he loves being part of the Bluesfest program.

Interview with Steve ’n’ Seagulls

Steve ’n’ Seagulls Bluesfest  |  9-13 April One thing Bluesfest does is, it allows you to hear music you might never have otherwise heard. One band...

Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Byron Bay Bluesfest  |  9–13 April 2020 Buffy the Truth Sayer Last week I had a phone call lined up for a 20–minute chat with Buffy...

Interview With Dweezil Zappa

Rats – revisited Bluesfest  |  9–13 April I often wonder what it’s like growing up with famous parents. Not just famous – but wildly creative people...

Interview with Jimmie Vaughan

Bluesfest  |  9–13 April Brother of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer, coming to Bluesfest this year....

Interview with Tanya Trotter, War and Treaty

  The War and Treaty Bluesfest  |  9–13 April If you’ve seen The War and Treaty at BluesFest then you don’t need to be told they’re something...

Interview with John Butler

John Butler Bluesfest  |  9-13 April For John Butler it’s been 20 years since he first stepped out on stage to use that quiet charisma and...

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.