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Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the...

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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.

Friday arvo beers

Stone & Wood’s Byron HQ has a 31-tank brewery, so locals and visitors can have both their Stone &...

River to the sea

Here we go again. Another example of the antisemitic slur ‘from the river to the sea’ from Mary McMorrow...

Wallum: lies built on foundation of truth

I am 51 and have been homeless for eight years. I live in a van in a paddock. In...

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.

Mary McMorrow

Thank you Mary for your letter in last week’s Echo supporting Israel in its efforts to remove Hamas and...

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COVID traveller at Ballina Airport and North Coast sewage test results

A public health alert has been issued after a positive COVID-19 case travelled on the Virgin Australia flight VA1139 from Sydney, arriving in Ballina on 14 July at 11.45am.

Opinion divided over Mullumbimby sewer trial

Byron Council’s decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a low-pressure sewerage system trial in Mullumbimby has produced an angry response from residents who say it flies in the face of expert advice and common sense.

Nothing clear or transparent about Mullum’s sewage system

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads. ‘Clear and transparent’. These were the words put forward by the Byron Council’s citizens jury, – words that the community should...

Sewage ‘poured into Brunswick River for weeks’

Partially treated sewage containing dangerous bacteria flowed into the Brunswick River for weeks while Byron Council argued over the cost of repairing the Brunswick Valley Sewage Treatment Plant, a former Council employee says.

Is Brunswick Valley STP overloaded?

It’s the morning of January 1, 2015, and just outside Mullumbimby, something very unwelcome is bubbling up from the depths. At the Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant, raw or partially treated sewage is flowing out of a processing unit.

Byron sewerage systems overloaded, says former councillor

Byron Council's sewearge treatment plants are expensive to run, generate significant greenhouse emissions and at times are massively overloaded. A former councillor and civil engineer says it's time for a new approach to sewerage in the shire.

Doubt cast over Byron sewer rate reduction offer

A former Byron councillor says a recent announcement by the shire’s GM Ken Gainger that council is looking at reducing sewerage charges is nothing more than ‘a sweetener’ and will be ‘forgotten by 2017-18’.

Time to investigate Byron’s failing sewerage plants

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads Byron Shire Council's meeting on December 15 will be a test of the newly elected councillors when they discuss the report from the...

Sewage seepage is Brunswick River’s biggest problem

James Blacket, Myocum. Notwithstanding any plans for the Brunswick Heads boat harbour and river, the water quality in the river remains the greatest impediment to any rejuvenation. The well known source of the pollution is Mullumbimby’s broken sewerage system mixing with stormwater.

Infiltration problems of Brunswick Valley sewer system

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads. Following Mr Rees' response to an analysis of data on inflow to the Brunswick Valley STP given to Byron Shire Council and councillors, I can report that the infiltration problem into the collection system during wet weather events continues, and has been a 'standing problem with Council reports going back to 1973.'

NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?