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New COVID-19 cases in Byron, Kyogle and Casino

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.

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Biggest corporate greenwashers revealed by Greenpeace

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, most of Australia’s highest-emitting companies that have implemented net-zero emission commitments do not have any will to meet their target.

NSW ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed in crisis

As the Northern Rivers goes back into lockdown once again as a result of people coming to the area from Sydney it has been revealed that the ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed to meet during key crisis points.

Woman charged over alleged Public Health Order Breaches – Tweed/Byron

A woman has been charged over multiple alleged breaches of the Public Health Orders in the Tweed and Byron shires.

Lismore coming out of lockdown

At midnight tonight (Wednesday 22 September) lockdown will be lifted for the Lismore local government area (LGA).

Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

Why are there so many vaccinated people in hospital?

It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospital – but it’s actually a good thing.

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Getting out to support DV refuge in Ballina while staying home

For people experiencing domestic violence, lockdown is a dangerous time. So when one of the major fundraisers for the Ballina Women and Children’s Refuge live event had to be cancelled Refuge ambassador Mandy Nolan decided the show must go on.

Interview with Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell

After being in the online dating scene for a few years, Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell decided to write a book called 50 first dates, which she had planned to be a bit of a reflection on the dating process. Mitchell says it certainly wasn’t going to be a sex book (unless there was sex to document), but more about the process of dating, the nerves, the expectations and the miscommunications that happen with online communication. 

Nolan’s Soapbox turns into The Full Mandy

Mandy Nolan is about to publish her latest book 'The Full Mandy', a collection of her best Echo Soapboxes and she asking the ‘crowd’ to help her fund it.

Merrick Man of the Hour!

Life is confusing and no-one has all the answers… except Merrick Watts. None of his answers is right but at least he’s having a go.

Something funny about Andy Saunders

Andy Saunders is one of the featured comedians at Lismore Laughs in March. So just what makes this funny man tick? My favourite dance move is...

Get Downe for Xmas!

It’s all you want for Christmas – lots of laughs, surprises and a seasonal singalong with the Prince of Polyester!  Bob Downe makes his triumphant return...

The Old and the Beautiful

Comedian Jackie Loeb joins Gretel Killeen in their two-woman standup comedy show We Don’t Like Young People. The Mo Award winner for Best Comedian spoke...

Women Like Ellen Briggs

So what makes local comedian and mum of twins Ellen Briggs tick? We got her to finish these sentences to delve deeply into her psyche....

Women Like Ellen Briggs

Would you believe that two of Australia’s funniest women comedians live in Mullumbimby? In fact Ellen Briggs was Mandy Nolan’s star comedy student at...

The joy of Arj

Since winning the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award back in 1997 Arj has firmly established himself as one of the golden boys on the international comedy circuit

The circular economy in action

Life Cykel is a versatile, forward thinking and high ethos company that focuses on harnessing the circular economy and the great potential that mushrooms possess to create quality products for human, and planetary, health.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 September, 2021

Byron Writers Festival co-presents a special online event with acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen. 

Organic local Koala Tea

Koala Tea has won several awards over the years and has been inducted into the ACO Organic Hall of Fame.

Organic Forrest

Pioneers of the organic food movement, David Forrest and Sue Mangan have been farming in Federal since 1978.