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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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Byron Writers Festival 2024: Bruce Pascoe Q&A

Byron Writers Festival guests Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood’s book Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a personal and beautiful reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on their farm. Here Bruce Pascoe answers some questions about the experience.

While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

Cartoon of the week – July 10, 2024

Letters to the editor The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that...

Celebrate Argentine Cuisine every friday at Crystalbrook Byron’s Parilla BBQ

During the month of July, Crystalbrook Byron will be running ‘Parilla BBQ Fridays’, a culinary experience inspired by Argentine...

Wollongbar pod residents to be out by November

The residents of the Wollongbar Pod site have received notices, via text and letter, that they must find alternative accommodation by November leaving many residents distressed and struggling to find a place to live in the area. 

Local Leihani rips her way through Skullcandy

Local surfer, Leihani Kaloha Zoric, has had a big couple of weeks that has included back-to-back championship wins in...

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COVID update: Three new cases in the NNSWLHD

A Northern NSW Local Health District spokesperson said that three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the area to 8pm on November 7.

New COVID venue of concern in Byron Bay

A Northern NSW Local Health District spokesperson says that there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Byron Bay area, which were not recorded in NNSWLHD confirmed cases for Saturday.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Unanswered questions over Byron ‘solar train’

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. I have been misquoted by Element’s Jeremy Holmes using the information in my letter to The Echo on the company advertising its 'solar train'..

Scientists to focus on the stars at Byron festival

A 'supergroup' of Australia's leading scientists will be bringing their expertise to Byron Bay at a two-day festival being planned for June.

Belongil train project steams along

The next stage of creating a train service from Belongil into Byron’s CBD has passed its latest hurdle with Byron Shire Council allowing a change in condition that will allow for railway infrastructure, including a rail shed, two railway platforms and tree removal.

Resort-rail plan and community consultation

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. At the Byron Shire Council meeting in Mullum last Thursday, I again listened to the manager of Elements/North Byron Beach Resort/Byron Bay Railroad Company Ltd, Jeremy Holmes, insist that his businesses had much community consultation.

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...