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Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Gift of Experience

This Christmas I have decided to buy my friends and family experiences.  Experiences also don’t require the purchasing of ‘stuff’. And you don’t have to wrap the stuff in more useless stuff. I’m really trying to reduce the Christmas stuffing. I’m on what I call a ‘de-stuff’ diet. It’s hard, because I am one of those people who has been addicted to stuff. Experiences, if well chosen, can have a low carbon footprint. They can be stuffless.

Lismore’s new mayor ‘looking forward to working on a united, productive council’

The December 4 LGA election was held on a hot and humid summer’s day in Lismore, a true representation of why it’s sometimes called ‘the wok’,

True non-partisan leadership of Ballina Shire Council over

A reign of non-partisan leadership in the Ballina Shire may well be over, with conservative independent Sharon Cadwallader leading the mayoral vote tally by lunchtime Tuesday.

Byron Farmers Market: parking

Byron Farmers Market returned to Butler Street Reserve last Thursday for their first market on home turf in two-and-a-half...

Teachers’ strike

I welcome the vote by NSW teachers to strike for the first time in a decade. Teachers are leaving the...

Independents clear winners for Byron LGA elections

While the Greens and Labor saw declines in their first preference votes, it was the independents who appear to...

Stories about "drug testing drivers":

Drug testing sees cops playing same old game

Name and address withheld. Nearly 30 years ago The Echo was founded as a response to the disproportionate use of police resources to target cannabis users in Main Arm with road blocks and vehicle inspections.

Draeger test unfairly penalises cannabis users

Paul Recher, Dorroughby. The Draeger Drug Test 5000 is the equipment that allows for the dramatic increase in roadside drug testing as any cop in any car trained in its use can use: it ergo no different to breathalyzer for ethanol.

Random drug tests set to become a daily event

Police on the north coast are set to make random drug testing a ‘daily event’ after the Tweed-Byron LAC received new equipment and specialised training this week.

Police target drugged drivers over Easter

NSW Police will crack down on drugged drivers on the north coast this Easter weekend following concerns many people are getting behind the wheel while affected by the drug 'ice' (methamphetamine).

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

Work is starting on Tweed Rail Trail

The Tweed Council section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 24km section that stretches from the Murwillumbah Railway Station to Crabbes Creek and work is starting on the construction.

Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

NORPA announces stellar 2022 season

This morning in a special online event, NORPA revealed some of the adventurous, world-class shows that will transport audiences to different worlds in 2022.