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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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A history of ‘freedom’ and the Northern Rivers vaccine divide

Among the many myths about the COVID-19 vaccines is a belief they contain live virus that a vaccinated person will shed in social and intimate circumstances. Along with many other vaccine myths, this belief is contributing to a significant divide in the Northern Rivers community.

I’m back!

Over the past few weeks I’ve stayed out of the limelight in order to rest for the election campaign,...

Mary’s Place receives welcome boost in Ballina

One of the major recipients of Ballina RSL's latest round of ClubGRANTS is Mary's Place, a drop-in centre and support service for homeless people and travellers in the area, supported by Vinnies.

Steve Krieg: ‘I believe that there must be change’

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, 04 December, 2021. Restaurateur Steve Krieg is running in the hopes of being Lismore's next Mayor.

Christian fundamentals

Robin Harrison’s letter (13 October) made me realise how Christian fundamentals are little known, yet so freely referred to....

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge...

Stories about "Byron coastal koalas":

Byron Councillors object to govt’s ‘koala killing’ Bill

In an urgency motion passed unanimously at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting, all councillors noted their ‘strong objection’ to the Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2020, which allows for large-scale clearing of bushland by farmers and industry.

Two more dead: what can you do to help koalas?

Are you keen to help stop the killing of your local koalas?

West Byron developers plan to drain wetland

Developers of the controversial West Byron housing estate want to build the main drain for the flood prone area on land zoned as E2 (environmental).

150 koalas spotted at Byron Bay Library

Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson will open an exhibition of ‘portraits’ of Byron Bay koalas this morning at Byron Library.

State decisions killing north coast koalas: NCC

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has accused state government bodies of potentially overseeing the localised extinction of koalas in two sites on the north coast.

Concern over the fate of Tyagarah’s koalas

Lisa Greenhill, Tyagarah. Many people may be unaware that during the school holidays the Bluesfest organisation submitted a new DA to Council which applies for permission to massively increase the number and size of festivals to be held at the Tyagarah site.

Single-species growth is not natural abundance

The growth plan for Byron Bay? To be economically viable, I am told that we need to expand from village to town. The NSW government definition of ‘town’ has a population over 20,000. To my mind, 20,000 koalas is ambitious.

Koala gulag

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I am shocked by Cr Rose Wanchap’s apparent lack of understanding of planning processes and support for locking our remaining koalas up in a compound for tourists to gawk at.

Should the Northern Rivers be opening up to mines?

The question of whether or not mining should be allowed in the Northern Rivers has once again been raised and the issue is being brought to the table in the NSW Parliament.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...