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Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

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Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 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.

Northern Rivers Animal Services needs helpers

Ballina-based animal welfare organisation Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc is on the lookout for cat-lovers to help at their cat cottage, and foster carers for both dogs and cats.

Friends of Loft

Become a Friend of Loft with their new local loyalty member program. Enjoy member-only benefits and offers, invite-only events, and...

First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!  How much do you think you know about the Byron Shire? Ross Kendall challenges you to...

Holy Joe: premium cold-drip coffee and medicinal mushrooms

After a long addiction to regular espresso and an urge to try something new, lifelong tinkerer James Bullock hammered...

Stories about "council amalgamations":

Hodgkinson opposes forced amalgamations

Senior NSW Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson has spoken out against the possibility of forced council amalgamations. But, while welcoming her support, Local Government New South Wales says she's misinformed about the 'rural model' for local councils.

Govt ‘stacks deck’ on council amalgamations

The NSW government was stacking the deck against councils by demanding they meet own source revenue benchmarks and then slamming them as greedy when...

Forced council mergers likely under Baird govt

The forced merger of councils has not been ruled out by the NSW government, leading the state’s peak body that represents local government to accuse the Liberals and Nationals of planning amalgamation 'by stealth'.

Byron, Ballina ‘not merger targets’

The mayors of both Byron and Ballina shires have emphatically stated they are not interested in a merger, despite the state government flagging council amalgamations as part of its Fit for the Future plan, announced on Wednesday.

Councils urged to merge under new state plan

Tweed and Lismore councils have welcomed a state government plan that offers struggling metropolitan and regional councils financial incentives to merge with their neighbours, even though council mergers are not guaranteed to produce budgetary savings.

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The First Fleet arrived (including my...

Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.