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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Have your Perfect Say

Here in the Byron Shire our crisis is so famous it’s made international news. It’s been in the US Rolling Stone even. It’s been in documentaries. It’s been in The Guardian. It’s what we live with here – every day. We live in a community where there is nowhere to live and the whole world is watching what we do next, wondering if we will do what their super star tourist destinations did and regulate the housing market. People in places like Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Miami found out that tough regulations actually aren’t bad for business after all. That’s just property market profiteering propaganda.

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Survival/Australia Day celebration – Byron Shire

There are events being held across the Byron Shire on January 26 to celebrate both Survival and Australia Day.

‘The greater good’

I write regarding the proposed development at 6–10 Station Street in Bangalow. Having attended the movie ‘The Hidden Life of...

Byron Bay SLSC takes fourth place at NSW country championships

South coast club Warillanhas overturned five years of Cudgen Headland dominace to win this year’s NSW Country Surf Lifesaving...

Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

Australia Day in the Tweed

The Tweed community will reflect, respect and celebrate what it means to be part of the unfolding national story on Australia Day.

Indigenous cricketers go head-to-head

Regional teams came together at Ballina’s Fripp Oval for an Indigenous cricket challenge carnival on January 26, last week. The...

Stories about "Cross Border Commissioner":

NSW Premier Perrottet announces its time to ‘open up’

There were 587 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Eight people died with two...

Pandemonium predicted if there is no regional roadmap to recovery

Tweed Mayor Chris Cherry has called out new NSW Deputy Premier Peter Toole’s assertion that it has been difficult to get the regions to...

How is your business being affected by the Queensland border closure?

Businesses in the Northern Rivers and southern Queensland are being asked to do a short survey on how the border closure is affecting their businesses.

Calls for a Northern Rivers border zone to ease Queensland restrictions

With Sydney COVID-19 case increasing, and the Sydney lockdown extending local Labor MP Justine Elliot and some local Mayors and Councillors have called on fellow Liberal and Nationals state MPs to support a Northern Rivers border checkpoint ‘to keep our community safe and to protect local jobs and businesses’.

NSW Cross Border Commissioner replaced

The replacement of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner has sparked accusations of a failed policy from state Labor candidate for Tweed, Ron Goodman.

Cross Border Commission a failure: ALP

Documents obtained under freedom of information show the Cross Border Commission has so far cost NSW taxpayers more than $700,000 – with nothing to show for it, according to the ALP.

‘Pistols at dawn’ over daylight saving

Tweed Labor hopeful Ron Goodman says Queensland should adopt daylight saving but Nationals sitting member Geoff Provest says he supports an alternative mooted by the cross border commissioner.

The Voice

I’ve been ruminating and researching on how best to support a ‘Yes’ response on the Voice referendum. I always come back to principles… devoid...

Letters – 1 February 2023

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.

Cheeky Cabaret returns!

Following the Cheeky season is some incredible live music, including Ella Hooper: Small Town Temple tour, Libby O’Donovan – cabaret singer extraordinaire, Stella Donnelly: Flood Australian tour, Liz Stringer and William Crighton co-headlining in a powerhouse performance, and the house is thrilled to announce the fabulous Tim Rogers & The Twin Set coming in April.

Nudging into a Smarter Summer

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink! 2023’s summer continues with a lineup that’s guaranteed to have you deliciously dancing from the moment you arrive.