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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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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Growing Mould Together

I love the smell of mould in the morning. Actually I don’t. It drives me nuts. Some days I’m obsessed that it’s all I can smell. It’s the smell of living in the Northern Rivers. The humidity and rain of our summer has created the perfect conditions for mould. Mould on shoes. Mould in my bread bin. Mould in the dark of my cupboards. Mould in the cracks in my bathroom. Mould behind the sink. Mould in me

New board announced for Dirawong Reserve – no former members selected

A new community board has been appointed to oversee the management of the popular Dirawong Reserve at Evans Head.

Tallowood Estate open space deal on hold

Byron Shire Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to accept an offer on a large parcel of forested ridgeline land above the Tallowood Ridge Estate near Mullumbimby.

Mary McMorrow

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

Styx Valley forest protest renews call for climate action in Tasmania

With Tasmanians set to go to the polls on 23 March, the Bob Brown Foundation has called for the next Tasmanian government to take real climate action by protecting all native forests that are left standing and restoring degraded forests.

Tamara Smith announces new Wollongbar preschool

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Early Learning Spokesperson, has welcomed an announcement from the NSW government to build a new public preschool adjacent to Wollongbar public school.

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Native forest logging increases fire risk

With fire season well and truly here, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW has today urged members of the NSW Parliament to prioritise safety and security by ending the fire risk being caused by native forest logging.

Tyagarah bushfire cause under investigation

Fire-fighting crews are to continue monitoring and mitigating the bushfire at Tyagarah today while an investigation into its cause continues.

Tyagarah residents asked to remain alert as Bayshore Drive fire flares again

Residents in parts of Tyagarah in the Byron Shire are once again being asked to remain alert and monitor conditions as the Bayshore Drive bushfire flares up again.

Total fire ban for entire North Coast today

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Far North Coast today as hot windy conditions affect much of the state.

Byron fire to remain active ‘for some time to come’, firies say

The bushfire in the north of the Byron Shire will remain active for some time and could flare up again suddenly, according to those fighting the blaze.

Coming at koalas from two sides

Friends of the Koala is calling on all levels of government to step up to help protect the iconic species in the midst of a threatening bushfire season.

Water bombing continues on Byron-Bruns fire in preparation for hot weekend

The fire that has been burning since last Saturday and has burnt northwards up the coastline from Byron Bay towards Brunswick Heads is currently...

Update: Brunswick Heads on ‘fire alert’ as bushfire moves north

The fire that started on Sunday north of Byron Bay has continued to move north through Tyagarah towards Brunswick Heads which is now on alert.

Evans Head fire controlled but not contained

Currently the fire at Evans Head, that appears to have been deliberately lit, covers 1,235ha. It is understood that the fire could have been started by an illegal campfire.

Updated bushfire mapping for Tweed

Following three years of La Niña – that is rain, remember those catastrophic floods last year? – we have an El Niño 'alert' –...

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.