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Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

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A little lift

After the loss of our public road during the February 28 deluge, some isolated residents have had to rely...

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Criminalising protest

In another Sstate government descent into criminalising protest, to protect their own government’s sabotage of a liveable planet, last...

The Bogong

The Byron Writers Festival has partnered with Blak & Bright curator Jane Harrison to present The Bogong, a Blak version of The Moth. The Bogong, Hosted by Danny Teece-Johnson, is a celebration of the lived experience in crafted spoken word form. Featuring six First Nations storytellers, it’a feast for the ears.

Chinny Charge returns for Sept 

After an uphill battle against COVID the Chinny Charge is going to run again on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm. 

Concerns mount for Epiq Superlot 5

Submissions have closed on the controversial change of development plan for the large block at the corner of Snapper and Montwood Drive in Lennox Head, with Ballina Shire Council, Ballina MP Tamara Smith and local councillor Kiri Dicker all opposed.

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Stuart Ayres resigns Deputy Leadership over Barilaro posting

Stuart Ayres, the Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport has resigned both positions following an independent investigation into the appointment of John Barilaro, Former Deputy Premier of NSW, to a New York trade position. 

New laws to tackle crime profits and encryption

The premier has announced new police powers and ‘tougher penalties’ for money laundering and unexplained wealth in NSW.

Govt promises new SES centre for Lismore with paid staff

Labor Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin has welcomed the state government’s announcement of a new State Emergency Services Incident Control Centre in the flood-ravaged regional city.

Reconstruction Corporation for the Northern Rivers

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is in Lismore this morning and he has just announced a recovery corporation for the Northern Rivers.

Flood funding will barely scrape the surface of coal and gas-fuelled floods

Incoming Greens MP Sue Higginson met with the Premier Dominic Perrottet and Deputy Premier Paul Toole today in her hometown of Lismore.

Premier splashes cash around Northern Rivers

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has arrived in Lismore this morning to announce money for uninsured owners and renters who haven't claimed the federal disaster relief grant.

Housing ‘pods’, rent support, mental health, mass cleanups and farmer grants after NR floods crisis

NSW State Emergency Services had declared 3,657 homes across the Northern Rivers as uninhabitable by Monday morning. .

Premier Dominic Perrottet visits Mullumbimby

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet visited the Mullumbimby District and Neighbourhood Centre in Mullumbimby this afternoon with local member Tamara Smith.

NSW Govt squeezes councils

‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here’ wrote William Shakespeare in The Tempest. With that in mind, dear reader, the Liberal–Nationals NSW government have shuffled their ministry deckchairs.

Why were there no signers in the pubs?

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have said this morning that they are significantly concerned about the press conferences held by the NSW Government on October 10 and 11 (both held in pubs) which did not have Auslan interpreters visible to viewers.

Storylines – The Voice of the voiceless

My grandfather would often tell me a story. A story about a community. This community was self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determining of their own lives.

Draft COMP caps Public Access at Lismore Council

A Draft Code of Meeting Practice (COMP) and Briefing Policy prepared by the Governance & Customer Service Manager was the subject of discussion at Lismore Council this week.

Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.