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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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Plan for looming battery crisis

Industry-led voluntary schemes will fail to address the environmental risks arising from battery disposal, according to the Total Environment Centre, as they release a plan for urgent regulation to establish an effective, mandatory product stewardship scheme to safely collect and recycle all battery types in Australia.

Government amends Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order

As the spread of fire ants into the north of the state becomes more apparent, the NSW Government has made amendments to the Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order in an attempt to stem fire ant migration.

Small breweries feeling the pinch

Like many small businesses doing it tough, local independent breweries are no exception. The number of small to medium-sized independent craft breweries falling into administration is growing.

Cartoon of the week – 21 February, 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

Save Wallum protesters celebrate community support

A localised community campaign against development on ecologically sensitive land at Brunswick Heads continues, with more than 300 protestors said to have been on site over the weekend.

Bob Brown arrested in the Styx

Yesterday Dr Bob Brown was arrested alongside activists Colette Harmsen and Ali Alishah in a logging coupe on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. All three were taken to the Bridgewater Police Station.

Stories about "Boral":

Ballina subdivision near asphalt plant challenged

The controversial use of the Ballina Mayor's casting vote to approve a subdivision within the buffer zone of the Alstonville Quarry and Asphalt Plant is being challenged at next weeks council meeting.

Calls to close Alstonville’s bitumen plant as council approves more housing

An attempt to overturn approval for a sub-division on a property in Teven near the Boral bitumen batching plant was lost 5–4 at the Ballina Council meeting on April 26.

Push to stop asphalt plant expansion at Alstonville

A Ballina Shire councillor has launched a renewed push to stop the expansion of Boral's asphalt plant at the Tuckombil Quarry in Alstonville.

Timber inquiry call as ‘secret’ contract extension revealed

North coast conservationists are supporting a call for an inquiry into Wood Supply Agreements for public lands in North East NSW following revelations a key contract has been secretly extended.

Concrete producer in Tweed warned over production

A multinational building-products company which runs a concrete batching plant in the Tweed has been warned by the state government for exceeding production limits three years ago and failing to submit required reports.

End to logging could be good news for region’s koalas

Conservationists are hoping Labor's promise to create a Great Koala National Park, coupled with Boral’s decision to exit the hardwood timber industry on the north coast, could throw a lifeline to our dwindling koala populations.

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.