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New venues of concern in Ballina

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Byron Bay Hempire

S Haslam Inside the gut are about 100 trillion live microorganisms that vitally contribute to a strong immune system. These...

More Byron COVID contact locations

The number of Byron 'venues of concern' associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 from a worker on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! has increased.

Compost back on Lismore’s gardening menu

Lismore City Council says that their BIOCycle Compost is again on sale from the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and Nimbin Transfer Station, after a two-year break.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

Tackling cane toads on the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council has put in place a plan to deal with the cane toad population in the area. Along with the not-for-profit organisation Watergum, Tweed Shire has launched a project for collecting toads that will begin in October.

Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

Now that Lismore LGA is out of lockdown, the number of acceptable reasons for residents to cross the border into Queensland has increased.

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Byron chamber gets on board for networking

Last Thursday evening saw around 100 members of the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce come together at the North Beach Platform on Bayshore Drive for the chamber’s monthly networking event.

Solar train sees impressive passenger numbers

The Byron Bay Railroad Company says it has clocked up its 10,000th passenger in just 19 days of operation. The reaction from passengers has been ‘so uplifting’ according to development director Jeremy Holmes.

Rail returns to the Bay

Train and public transport enthusiasts celebrated the start of a train service from Belongil into Byron’s CBD on Saturday. The train can accommodate 100 people and covers three kilometres.

Byron Bay train ready to roll on solar

The much-anticipated Byron Bay solar train will be officially launched this Saturday. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12.30 till 5pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon.

Train stop for Belongil needed

Wendy McTavish, Belongil. Elements management has thought outside the box by reactivating the old train line from Sunrise to Byron town. However, residents of Belongil are inconvenienced and put at some risk by this venture.

Train hits track, powered by solar

Two restored 1949 rail motor heritage carriages were delivered to Byron Bay on Friday, marking the final stages of a six year project to run a train along 3 kilometres of track from Belongil to the CBD.

How Byron Bay’s solar-driven train will work

Following community interest regarding the technical aspect of how Byron Bay’s new train service will operate with a solar conversion, development director Jeremy Holmes explains how it would work.

Elements and us

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. Regarding Elements’ recent letter to neighbours and an article in The Echo, Sunrise Progress Association sent a letter to neighbours. Here is an abbreviated version.

For or against Byron train? It’s Elementary

Lydia Kindred, Rosebank. On reading the ongoing scathing remarks from a few members of the Sunrise Beach community I feel I need to respond that although they have a right to look at the running of the new rail service being offered to visitors and the Byron community by Elements of Byron, they really need to listen to the logic of the situation.

No solar train on the horizon

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. In the Echo of March 9, Jeremy Holmes, Elements’ project manager, is reported as saying that the proposed train will be converted to ‘solar powered electric operation.’ This is a change from the term previously used by Elements and the one announced on Channel Ten news last year about a solar train for Byron Bay, which many people believe is coming.

Byron Bay beach party end in PINS and a charge for biting

Police say a woman has been charged and four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued following a beach party in the Byron Bay area overnight.

Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow Koalas, who keep a watch...

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Compost back on Lismore’s gardening menu

Lismore City Council says that their BIOCycle Compost is again on sale from the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and Nimbin Transfer Station, after a two-year break.