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COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

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Library restrictions

Under Richmond Tweed Library restrictions announced today, our local libraries are now only offering click and collect, and online...

Teacher vax

Dear teachers and community members. I have recently received an email from within my school community that asks me...

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Immunity

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

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

Stories about "E zones":

E zones to be flexible for some land owners says Byron Council

E zones that have been voluntarily re-vegetated by the current land owner will not be subject to e zones without the landowners consent.

In defence of e-zone opposition

Maria Thompson, Main Arm.  Jan Barham’s article, published in The Echo (November 29) and entitled ‘Community key to protecting biodiversity’ presented an overly simplistic and...

North coast’s biodiversity hotspots ‘again under threat’

The fight to protect the north coast's world-renowned biodiversity is on again with renewed pressure to stop councils establishing environmental zones (e-zones).

Three days left to have your say on North Coast ‘CSG’ Plan

In the absence of a formal meeting north of Coffs Harbour to discuss the North Coast Regional Plan, Ballina Environment Society has organised a Public Information Session on the subject tonight.

State govt ‘taking an axe’ to native vegetation

A multi-million-dollar vegetation mapping system that has proved overwhelmingly defective is just the latest in a series of threats to the state’s native vegetation, particularly on the north coast, say key environmentalists.

E zone review pits farmers against environmentalists

The Northern Councils E Zone Review Final Recommendations Report, announced by NSW planning minister Rob Stokes last Tuesday, has predictably divided environmental groups and the peak body representing NSW farmers.

Ballina MP tried to divide the community

Cr Jeff Johnson, Lennox Head. As a Ballina Shire Councillor I take offence at Don Page’s letter comments that ‘Ballina and Byron shires zoned large areas of farming land as environmental zones in their draft LEPs’ and that Mr Page had to ‘intervene on this to protect farming and food production in the two shires’.

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.