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While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

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Public spaces or private profit?

‘We need more public spaces like libraries where the expectation is that you can be there without having to spend money.’

Have your say on flood planning in Byron Shire

A planning instrument that guides development in floodplains is open for public comment, yet does not include the 2022 flood levels.

Lismore: 85-house land release announced; ROR say bought-back houses should provide accommodation

Meeting the immediate, mid-term and long-term needs of residents of Lismore following the 2022 floods has proven a challenge for the NSW government. Reclaiming our Recovery have welcomed news that houses bought back by the NSW Reconstruction Authority may now be used for housing.

Tweed River dredging in July

Dredging to the entrance of the Tweed River will begin this month as part of the Tweed Sand Bypassing...

Playing with fire

Their excitement is infectious. Young schoolboys in uniform cluster around Rebecca Barnes’ stall as she passes the finger limes...

Celebrate Argentine Cuisine every friday at Crystalbrook Byron’s Parilla BBQ

During the month of July, Crystalbrook Byron will be running ‘Parilla BBQ Fridays’, a culinary experience inspired by Argentine...

Stories about "Buybacks":

Occupiers of North Lismore buybacks report no eviction past deadline

Supporters of people occupying otherwise empty bought-back houses in North Lismore say Monday passed peacefully without any eviction attempts.

Occupants of empty buyback homes face eviction day

Members of Lismore’s Reclaim our Recovery community group called for a last-minute gathering of supporters this morning as people continued to occupy otherwise abandoned houses in North Lismore.

Only three flood buybacks done in Byron Shire

The most recent data from the Resilient Homes Program (buybacks, house raising and retrofits), administered by the SW Reconstruction Authority (RA), shows Byron Shire has just three buyback purchases completed, as of May 10, 2024.

Second tranche of flood funding on its way, says MP

A second tranche of $100m in government funds to help 2022 flood-affected residents is expected to rollout soon, says Ballina MP, Tamara Smith (Greens).

RoR Lismore: flood survivors to meet weekly on Lismore floodplain

Frustrated survivors of last year’s devastating floods in Lismore are to meet weekly on the floodplain indefinitely while their struggle for bureaucratic transparency in the official recovery process continues.

Request for stamp duty waiver for flood-affected residents denied

A local flood-affected resident contacted The Echo around their disappointment that a request was denied by the NSW Labor government to have stamp duty waived on new purchases for flood victims who were saying ‘yes’ to a buyback.

Editorial: Flood goal post moved

Late breaking news! On Tuesday, The Echo discovered that the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) is even worse than they were last week.

Byron Councillors call for more govt flood funding

Byron Shire Council has launched a pre-election call for more government funding and support to future proof all of the Shire’s flood-impacted premises.

People forced to sell flood-damaged homes as NRRC dithers

One year on and the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Commission (NRRC) still have not progressed spending the $800 million they’ve been granted to purchase the estimated 2,000 homes and land in need of buybacks.

First buyback offers for flooded homeowners

Flooded homeowners have been waiting a long time to hear the news that buybacks have begun.

A self-hating Jew

A self-hating Jew means ‘antisemite’. David Heilpern’s 3 July article was underpinned with lies, and hateful sentiments toward one group of Australians: the Jewish...

Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire Council. I had always given...

Lavertys Gap history

The Lavertys Gap hydro power station was installed in 1919. In 1939, during the Great Depression, people had no money, and Council decided to...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore.