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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 dumb act of STP

Council is stating that breaches of licence conditions, in part, justifies spending $10m on transferring raw sewage from Ocean...

Waste to energy

On Friday I attended a biomass and waste incineration event, at the Condong sugar mill, held by the Northern...

Staff cuts at Murwillumbah mega school

The NSW Teacher's Federations says that the proposed merger of four schools in Murwillumbah will result in the loss of at least 19 teaching positions.

Byron Council staff push to make Unauthorised Dwelling Policy for ‘internal use’

A contentious draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy, put on exhibition last year by Council, has re-emerged for this Thursday’s meeting. While staff have recommended that the policy become an 'internal' document others are calling for it to be 'abandoned'.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: ‘What’s that, Skip?’

I love Kangaroos. Like most people my age I grew up eating my dinner off a Skippy plate. Seeing Sonny and Skip was a real incentive to finish my dinner. I wanted a kangaroo friend too. I wanted to say ‘What’s that, Skip?’ And Skip would tell me ‘There was a murder down at the gorge’...

Rancho Relaxo

Although Jane Boniface says that everything she does is ‘a mistake’, she seems to have the knack of turning...

Stories about "Christmas":

Dear pudding eaters…

My mother-out-law makes the most delicious Christmas pudding. It’s an entirely different entity than the one that my mother makes (also very delicious), which is a traditional pudding with several spices and other ingredients – including suet

Get immersed in Lennox Head and Ballina

Elves have installed three new immersive scenes around Ballina Shire to celebrate Christmas 2020, with visitors and locals invited to jump into the picture and hashtag the results.

The recycle elves deliver Lismore’s festive tree

Early risers in Lismore would have seen Santa’s elves constructing the annual recycled surprise Christmas tree at the round-about on the corners of Magellan and Keen streets.

Happy campers snag free Xmas sausages

There wasn’t a Santa cap in sight when Bungalora resident Derek once again spread his special brand Christmas cheer along the Ocean Way at Coolangatta Reserve. On Christmas morning he cooked up around 100 sausages and gave them away.

The Christmas story: a gift of giving and love

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Jewish political activist, preacher, and messiah Yeshua ben Youssef, aka Jesus. So what has the fat man in the red suit got to do with it?

Concert for seniors this Christmas

We al love a good sing-a-long, and possibly none more that our elders. As part of the initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2022, Christmas Concerts have been held since 2013, replacing the Premier’s Christmas Gala Concert in Sydney.

The lights are up and ready to enjoy – but don’t miss out

Lighting up Byron Bay for the last time Terry and Gerry Bertoli Christmas lights are up and they will also be enjoying a special performance by Byron Bay's Hawaiian hula troupe Mana Aloha on the evening of December 13 in their summer wonder garden – and you can join the fun.

The over-popular art of kissing

Robert Dessaix ‘Bésame,’ she croons with swelling passion, ‘bésame mucho …’ Kiss me a lot.  And I think she means it. She sounds lushly Cuban....

Stwike him, centuwion. Stwike him vewy wuffly

There was an unprovoked attack last week upon those who don’t participate in Christmas by a man who looks like a potato. Minister Peter...

Late for Woodstock but Early for Xmas!

With 2016 drawing to a close, Beach Hotel general manager Elke Van Haandel looks forward to Sunday’s Local Xmas Day for a big community...

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...