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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

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Warning: Northern Rivers Rail Trail not ready yet

Love or hate it, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is under construction and the community is being urged to wait until it is safe for public use.

BreastScreen van comes to Byron

The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be in Byron Bay from 14 – 21 December at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road. Free mammograms are provided to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 and there’s no referral needed.

World AIDS Day – time to end transmission

Over 40 million people have died worldwide of AIDS over the last 41 years and ending the transmission of HIV is the aim of a specialist taskforce being set up by the Federal Government announced today on World AIDS Day 2022. 

Pod homes for Lismore ready for residents

The Southern Cross University temporary housing site is now officially operational and serving as a home for flood affected Lismore locals.

Cartoon of the week – 30 November 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

Fire fighters battled explosions and large blaze in a vehicle scrap yard at Trenayr, north of Grafton on Monday.

Stories about "Casino to Murwillumbah rail line":

Work together?

Lydia Kindred, Rosebank Responding to letters written recently to The Echo, some stated that it is the preference of many in the Shire to build...

The result you want

Chris Sheridan, Ewingsdale Before you believe the arguments for or against the rail line, it is very important that you look at the way the...

Rail trail the way to go: just ask New Zealand

Gordon Hayes, East Ballina At 82 years of age, I reckon that I've cycled several thousand kilometres in my lifetime. I ride regularly with a...

Rail corridor history spot on

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay Never in my recollection, has there been such honesty and accuracy regarding the realities of our beleaguered disused rail corridor, as...

Byron, stop stalling on the rail trail

Marie Lawton, Byron Bay  Thank you to the wonderful history of our rail corridor debate by David Lisle. David summarised events over the past seven...

Buses, not trains, the way forward

Peter Hatfield, Cumbalum David Lisle's opinion piece A short history of our rail corridor debate is a good summary of the long history of our...

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

Right on rails

Lydia Kindred, Lismore. The welcome announcement today by Ben Franklin of a service of ‘on demand’ mini buses to Goonellabah and Alstonville is in line...

What about riding on the rails?

Dean Chalker, Mullumbimby Creek. In regards to the stoush between those that would preserve the Murwillumbah railway line for future railway operations, and those that...

Walking the disused railway line

Think the North Coast railway line can be reopened again sometime soon? Our reporter walked, jumped and crawled along a section of the line from Mullumbimby to Billinudgel – and this is what he found.

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers.