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Lake Ainsworth Cyanobacteria Update – RED ALERT

Ballina Shire Council has just issued a Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth. Water should NOT be used for primary recreation. Users should obey all signage erected by Council.

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Editorial: Clear as a muddled government

Good news! Local police will not be actively enforcing the government’s Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 when it comes to business activity – see NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity.

Truth

The truth doesn’t mind being questioned. A lie does. Margot Hays, Bangalow

Border bubble to Queensland reopens for local shires

Local Government Areas (LGAs) that have recently come out of lockdown, including Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley Council (RVC) have now been brought back into the border bubble zone with the Queensland border.

Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

Creative definition of affordable housing before Byron Council 

A development application is (again) coming before this week’s planning meeting, which attempts to use ‘farm stay’ accommodation to provide affordable housing for students enrolled in agriculture-related courses.

Mandatory vax

I write to you in response to the article on the front page of The Echo relating to mandatory...

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Animal cruelty charges dropped over attack on Nimbin’s Polly the pig

Animal cruelty charges against two men accused of killing 10 chickens and torturing a pig at Nimbin's Djanbung Gardens last December have been dropped.

Alleged pig torturer gets bail

A man accused of torturing a pig and killing 10 heritage chickens at Nimbin last December has been released on bail after spending eight months behind bars.

Polly the pig pair to remain behind bars

Bail has again been refused for two men following a violent rampage at Nimbin’s Djanbung Gardens permaculture farm last December, even though an initial charge of bestiality has been dropped.

Djanbung permaculture gardens designing for the future

Designing for disaster and reducing the impacts of events like the recent cyclone Debbie is just one of the events taking place at the annual Permaculture Open Day at Nimbin's Djanbung Gardens on Saturday May 13.

Prosecutor to explain why bestiality charge withdrawn

Evidence from 10 witnesses will form part of a hearing against two men charged with torturing and beating a pig and causing the death of 10 chickens at a Nimbin permaculture farm.

Pair on bestiality charges should be named: magistrate

Two men who are behind bars after an attack at a Nimbin permaculture college in December, in which a number of chickens were mutilated and pig was allegedly raped, have lost their bid to have their names suppressed.

Djanbung Gardens marks 20 years of permaculture

Djanbung Gardens at Nimbin will mark its 20th anniversary this long weekend by hosting a range of permaculture workshops and activities from Saturday to Monday.

STP problems ignored

The people in Byron Shire need to start asking Byron Shire Council (BSC) and councillors when are they actually going to responsibly and effectively...

So long Greens

So, where to now for Greens voters disillusioned with local MP Tamara Smith advocating the big pharmaceutical program? One would have thought a Greens approach...

Immunity

I know I’m not the only one who has joined the dots between Byron Shire having the lowest vaccination rate in the state and...

One new COVID case in Lismore and Local Health District venues of concerns

Northern NSW Local Health District says there has been one new case of COVID-19 reported for the are to 8pm 17 October.