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NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

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Curved-space robot defies known laws of physics, heralding new locomotive technology possibilities

A robot engineered at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has done the unthinkable and flouted a steadfast law of motion, suggesting that new laws need to be defined.

Autocracy or democracy for Byron Shire?

The New Yorker Magazine recently wrote a quote from Mr Rupert Murdoch ‘The truth is authoritarian governments do work!’...

Out of the Blue Adventures wins Tourism Hero Award

A local whale watching and eco-tourism business has been announced as one of the region's Local Tourism Heroes at a gala dinner co-hosted by Destination North Coast.

Barilaro begs off today’s Upper House committee inquiry

Today's scheduled hearing for the Upper House committee inquiry into the appointment of Mr John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas has been cancelled.

Storytelling at its best in Ballina

A new community storytelling event will take place at the Ballina CWA Hall on Sunday September 11.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Lock On

My heroes are people like climate change activist Mali Cooper, the 22-year-old Lismore woman who was among 12 people charged for blocking the entry to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel. Mali and her friends brought Sydney to a standstill and they did it knowing the consequences under the new NSW protest laws. It’s no longer a $400 fine. Protesters now face up to two years jailtime and/or a fine of $22k. 

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‘Selfish’ desire motivates ‘dirty’ diesel

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. Jo Faith has raised the point of the health dangers from the diesel train that Elements is intending to run from their resort to Byron town.

Diesel particles a danger

Jo Faith, Newtown, NSW. While a relief to traffic congestion in Byron is welcomed by the mooted diesel train to run from Sunrise to the Byron township, it seems apparent that deep moral and ethical questions stand out.

Proposed Byron train branded ‘greenwash’

Residents and businesses affected by a proposed diesel train service between the new Elements of Byron resort and Byron Bay township have stepped up their opposition ahead of a council decision on a DA for a new station on the route this week.

Shame about the train blame game

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. It's a shame people are unable to do some rudimentary research about the proposed train service from Belongil into Byron before rushing into print with misinformation. The three-carriage rail motor will use exactly the same diesel fuel as the trucks, buses and 4WDs that currently sit for hours in traffic on Ewingsdale Road.

Byron train will be ‘quieter than a bus’

Owners of the Elements of Byron resort, which has approval to run a train into the town along the disused railway line, have responded to criticisms of the plan.

Rail opponents misinformed

Wendy Bithell, Brunswick Heads. What’s happened to altruistic attitude of northern rivers residents? I’m a passionate advocate of returning trains to our tracks, not because it will help me or my business, but because it would be good for our community.

Cycle path won’t help the sick and elderly

Beth Shelley, Boorerie Creek. When I first moved here I was a student with no car. I hitchhiked until I was nearly raped and then I couldn’t do it anymore. Some time later I was a single mother with chronic post-natal depression and with no car I was stuck in misery.

Diesel train plan for Byron Bay meets opposition

Residents in Byron Bay’s Sunrise estate say plans to run a World War II heritage diesel train from the North Byron Beach resort into the town would involve significant disruption, noise and diesel pollution up to four times an hour in their neighbourhood.

Housing affordabillity and rail

Jens Krause, Byron Bay. Here is an angle not explored in the rail trail craze. Young people in Byron find it hard to find affordable accommodation, apart from sharing houses, and still paying enormous amounts of money, while often working in the hospitality industry in Byron Bay.

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I...