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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Co-op meeting

Annette Snow, Myocum As a Mullumbimby Rural Co-op shareholder of 42 years and a past employee of over 13 years,...

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

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Splendour 2020 cancelled – what does this mean for locals?

Another festival cancelled – what does this mean for a region that is so highly dependent on tourism and festivals?

Greens MP calls for tourist infrastructure fund

Ballina MP Tamara Smith has announced a plan for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, a plan that she says she will be taking to the state election in March.

#SaveByron from over-tourism

A #SaveByron from over-tourism public meeting is being called for this Wednesday at 7pm as locals collect signatures to ask that Byron Shire be exempt from new holiday letting laws that will come into effect in January 2019.

How state govt plans to funnel more tourists into Byron

The NSW government has set 'aggressive' new international visitor targets for its Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan with a regional NSW target of $20 billion by 2020.

Byron council considers opt-in visitor fund

Mayor Simon Richardson says the money raised through the scheme would be used for highly visible projects such as building new playgrounds, boardwalks and change rooms.  

Unravelling the secrets of Byron

Byron Council has launched a new map it says is ‘designed to help visitors discover hidden gems and attractions across the whole of the Byron Shire'.

Growing up in a holiday destination: kids speak

A new research project exploring the experience of the 2,800 local youth growing up in Byron Shire has found that many have a love-hate relationship with their hometowns.

Byron Labor condemns biggest rate rise in NSW

The Byron Labor Secretary Asren Pugh has slammed the decision by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to approve the 33.5 per cent rate rise for the Byron Shire.

Is this the new face of Byron Bay?

Byron Bay’s dynamic filmmaking duo Jonatan and Sebastian Lundmark have released a promotional video they hope will change the way that visitors see our region. Watch the video.

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Council calls for tourist net

Authorities are concerned that the shark netting of some north coast beaches has created a bigger environmental threat than they initially expected. With the...

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.