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Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

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Farewell Sue – a much-loved Mullumbimbian

You could say that Sue Mallam was destined to run a business in Mullumbimby.

Vaccination by the mob for the mob at Tweed – No appointment needed

The local mob has come together to ensure that vaccination is available for any of the mob in the Northern Rivers who wants to get vaccinated.

Berry bright future

At 25, Sarah Montgomery has her feet planted firmly on the ground and her hands deep in the soil....

Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

With many many local councils are juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

Cartoon of the week – 15 September, 2021

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How big should Byron become?

‘How much is enough’ is the question posed for an upcoming forum that will consider how Byron grows into the future. 

Byron Council pursues Butler St residents

Is Byron Shire Council trying to stifle the community’s rights to reject unwanted or questionable development? The question has been raised after it emerged that the council is pursuing court costs from Butler Street residents over their bypass challenge.

CABS responds to Ibrahim’s criticisms

Jenny Coman for CABS. Yes Cr Ibrahim, democracy does include 'divergent opinions' but there is much more to it than that. The Echo gave us a good summary of events at the last council meeting (March 17) and process was clearly very poor in the examples CABS singled out for criticism.

Council faction still failing: CABS

The Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) says it has assessed the recent performance of Byron Council against the Community Charter for Good Planning and found them still to be failing.

Byron council critics intelligent and articulate

Jessie Chapman, Byron Bay. I was touched and inspired at last weeks council meeting listening to the caring, intelligent and articulate representatives of various Byron Shire community organisations speak to council about their dissatisfaction with council’s procedure’s and practices.

Byron council scores ‘epic fail’ on Good Planning Charter

A new peak body of Byron shire organisations has used this morning’s public access meeting to hand the council a ‘report card’ based on what it says is its ‘epic failure’ to adhere to the Community Charter for Good Planning that it signed in 2014.

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety of hats. Jon Summers, Suffolk Park

The year 2000

I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong? Why...

Viruses

Viruses are organisms at the edge of life and possess genes, evolve by natural selection, and reproduce by creating multiple copies of themselves through...