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Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

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Teenage boys extorted over sexually explicit images

In the lead-up to tomorrow's Safer Internet Day the Kids Helpline is highlighting the concerning trend of overseas criminal syndicates preying on Australian children, particularly teenage boys, by extorting money from them after deceiving them to send sexually explicit images over instant messaging platforms.

Celebrating LOVE

The Paddock Project is hosting a (pre) Valentine’s Day picnic at the home of the giant LOVE sign that welcomes everyone to Mullumbimby. The LOVE sign has set the tone for all visitors and locals who pass by on their way into town and has probably been the most photographed local influencer for the past three years

Tweed Council extends its dogs-on-leash program

Tweed Shire Council is extending its Take the Lead program which aims to reduce the number of dogs off-leash in high conservation value areas and other public places in the Tweed.

Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

Basketball camp for youth mental health

Recently the ASK Youth team was in action at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre, delivering the 'Optimise Me' basketball camp to a large group of local kids.

Stories about "Butler Street markets":

No plan to move Byron markets: Spooner

A staff recommendation to ‘activate the Byron Bay rail corridor’ that is due to go before Byron Council this week includes a recommendation to allow ‘development for markets with development consent'.

Market site referred to EPA

The Butler Street location of Byron’s markets has been reported to the NSW Environment Protection Authority following recently raised concerns about contamination at the former tip site. 

Who’s bullying whom over market site?

Jules Claydon, Byron Market stallholder, Crabbes Creek. With all due respect to BCC staff loyalty it’s heartening to hear that management is implementing a new...

Stallholder group supports Butler Street market relocation

A market stallholders’ association has told The Echo that they are happy to move from the Butler Street Reserve and support Byron Shire Council’s push for a carpark and possible transit hub on the location.

Market stallholders want to stay where they are

Ian Brown, Save Byron Community Markets Committee.  Sarah Ndiaye, last Sunday we asked Byron Bay market stallholders if they wanted to stay on Butler Street Reserve....

Don’t disperse the Byron Community Market

Tanya and Sky Wesolowski, Coorabell. The flat section of the Butler Street Reserve located at the disused rubbish depot was gazetted for Public Recreation in...

Market stallholders appalled at council plan to purchase Crown land

Byron Shire councillors all agreed at last Thursday’s meeting to a staff report that recommends buying the Butler Street reserve from NSW Crown Lands.

Markets and parking can co-exist: mayor

Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson says a low-key car park at Byron Bay's Butler Street Reserve can go hand-in-hand with the regular markets held on the site. But a new group representing market stallholders is not convinced.

Market stallholders ‘threatened’ by Byron council plan

Talks last week have failed to placate stallholders at two markets that operate out of Byron Bay’s Butler Street Reserve, which is due to be resumed for a council carpark and works depot next year.

Football field should be used for parking

Helen Revis, Suffolk Park. Why can't the football field at the end of Marvell Street be used for parking, instead of the proposed present market site in Butler Street, on Thursdays and some Sundays?

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

Dr Firth questions arborists' valuation of a paperbark tree to be removed for Kingscliff development and says the council needs to 'establish a reasonable standard of tree valuation'. 

Remembering the latest victim of domestic violence, killed by a man on bail

I granted bail to men who then killed. I refused bail to several who did not last 24 hours behind bars – shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned in their own vomit.

Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

A much-loved fig tree next to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been saved from destruction – for now – by the quick thinking of a local activist.