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Youth crime is increasing – what to do?

There is something strange going on with youth crime in rural and regional Australia. Normally, I treat hysterical rising delinquency claims with a pinch of salt – explicable by an increase in police numbers, or a headline-chasing tabloid, or a right-wing politician. 

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Press release vs Save Wallum views

The Echo editor (page 1, 10 April) might need to consider the role of a journalist – particularly that...

Menacing dog declaration revoked

After an emotional deputation from the owner of the dog involved, Ballina Shire Council has this morning revoked a menacing dog declaration for the kelpie Lilo, which was brought into effect following a bite in July 2022.

Sweet and sour doughnuts

Victoria Cosford ‘It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a sweet tooth,’ says Megan. I’ve called in at the pop-up...

Try-fest for Byron Bay in local league

The Byron Bay A-grader league players left the Clarence Valley on Saturday afternoon after scoring 11 tries on their...


It is, at best, amusing, but mostly disappointing, to see The Echo reporting on the mayoral minute to Council...

Coffs Harbour man charged for alleged online grooming of young girl

Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a Coffs Harbour man for alleged online grooming offences under Strike Force Trawler.

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Man wanted on outstanding warrants arrested

A man who was wanted on outstanding warrants has been arrested in West Ballina.

Teenage boy in custody charged with dangerous driving in Nimbin

Police say they’ve charged a Northern Rivers teenager with multiple driving offences as a part of investigations under their Operation Mongoose North.

CCTV vision of Northern Rivers armed robbery released

Police have released CCTV vision as part of a public appeal for help investigating an armed robbery south of Tweed Heads on the weekend.

Evans Head man charged with DV murder

Police on the Northern Rivers have charged a 39-year-old man with murder in relation to the discovery of a woman’s body in a car at Evans Head on Friday.

50-yr-old Byron camper found with drugs, weapons

Tweed Byron police say they’ve charged a 50-year-old Byron Bay man over possession of prohibited drugs and weapons found at a local campground over the weekend.

Ballina Council October wrap-up

Ballina Council's October meeting was a bruising affair, with Mayor Sharon Cadwallader using her casting vote to force her way in two contentious decisions which split councillors evenly.

Multiple arrests after Friday night Tweed police blitz

A Friday night police blitz on crime prevention in the Tweed Shire has reportedly resulted in a series of arrests.

CCTV images released as part of investigations into attempted Murwillumbah robbery

Police have released CCTV images and are asking the public for help as part of investigations into an attempted armed robbery at Murwillumbah last week.

Country mayors call for regional crime inquiry

Ballina Mayor Sharon Cadwallader is using a mayoral minute in today's Ballina Shire Council meeting to call for a parliamentary inquiry into crime, law and order in regional NSW, in line with a recent report from the Country Mayors Association.

Ballina’s DCI Bill McKenna wins NSW Police Medal

Detective Chief Inspector Bill McKenna is one of ten police officers across the state to have been awarded the prestigious Australian Police Medal for 2023.

Coffs Harbour man charged for alleged online grooming of young girl

Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a Coffs Harbour man for alleged online grooming offences under Strike Force Trawler.

Blockades continue as councillors wave next Wallum certificate through

A second subdivision works certificate for the Wallum estate was signed off by a majority of councillors last week, who again argued that they have no legal standing to further impede an approved development.

Ancient brewing tradition honoured

An annual event and brewing ritual to honour ancient brewing traditions was held at Stone & Wood’s Byron brewery last week.

New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.