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Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

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Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

Ballina hosts Far North Coast swimming carnival

The Ballina RSL Swimming Club combined with Grafton and hosted the Far North Coast Zone Carnival at the Ballina...

Protest gets results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood?

Athlete wins Ballina Sports Achievement Award

Sixteen-year-old Alexander Crimmins from Lennox Head has had a passion for athletics since the young age of eight and...

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Nicessism Disorder

I have a disorder that is incompatible with living a comfortable life in the current system. Unfortunately it’s becoming less common, but there are people living in your street who will have it. Maybe even your friends, or someone in your family. Maybe you. It’s my deep shame. It’s why I will never be rich and successful. But probably why I am so deeply happy and why I am so full of love and care for other humans.

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Call to end political donations from fossil fuel companies 

The Australian Electoral Commission has disclosed political donations for the 2020-2021 financial year showing that $959,155 was donated to the three major parties from...

Queenslanders direct action against Adani coal mine contractors

Over 40 Queenslanders, many in their 60’s and 70’s, are currently taking peaceful direct action to disrupt contractor Hastings Deering who are about to begin assembly of driverless trucks for Adani's controversial coal mine.

Coal joins tobacco and asbestos as one of the bad guys

Gloucester herb farmer Karen O'Brien was jubilant at this morning's news from the Land and Environment Court. Photo Tree Faerie. Eve Jeffery Court rules out Hunter...

Coal mine extension challenged on climate-change grounds

In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development principle of ‘intergenerational equity’ in the context of climate change. 

‘High risk’ to Sydney’s water

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has found that expanding the Russell Vale colliery near Wollongong posed an unacceptably ‘high risk’ to Sydney’s water...

Shenhua coal mine challenged over koala impact

A local community group has launched a legal challenge in the NSW Land and Environment Court to the approval of Chinese mining company Shenhua’s...

Anti-mine campaigners immobilise drill rig

Two people have immobilised a drill rig at the controversial Maules Creek coal mine site in the Leard State Forest.

New Acland coal mine assessment ‘deeply flawed’

The New Acland coal mine is applying to expand its operations in one of Australia’s most productive agricultural regions, the Darling Downs.

Mines will drain central Qld water: report

Proposed coal mines will drain the equivalent of two-and-a-half Sydney harbours of groundwater in central Queensland, a report says. Released on Monday and commissioned by...

Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.