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Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

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Edjamakashun pledges from NSW election candidates

NSW election candidates make their case for improving poor education standards  With Labor think tank, The McKell Institute, outlining a...

Better outcomes start with teachers who believe in inclusive education

For all students – particularly those with additional needs – a teacher who doesn't believe in inclusive education can be harmful.

Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Ocean Shores swimmers power to strong results at regional swimming competition

A group of seven athletes from the Ocean Shores Aquatics swim team took part in the annual Country Regional...

Old ANZ Mullum

The old ANZ Bank building on Burringbar Street in Mullum is now a bathhouse; such yuppy city indulgence to...

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Stories about "far north coast":

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.

Tweed/Byron Police appeal for help to find missing woman

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from Queensland, who is now believed to be on the Far North Coast.

Power goes out on the Far North Coast

Essential Energy says that just over 21,000 homes and businesses on the Far North Coast were affected by unplanned outages on Saturday night, following the severe storms that swept through the region.

COVID testing centres open in Byron Shire this weekend

In the aftermath of three infectious people staying in the Far North Coast area earlier in the month, surprisingly, NSW Health has to date reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the Byron Shire, or broader Northern Rivers.

TOOT still fighting to save the rails

The issue of rail travels and resurrecting the lines on the far north coast have been the subject for debate, often very heated, since May 15, 2004, when the last XPT train left Murwillumbah station, putting an end to 110 years of rail transport in the region.

Total fire ban for much of NSW today

Fire conditions are classified as severe and very high today and the RFS says people should stay alert and informed.

Thousands Strike 4 Climate on the Far North Coast

Estimates of close to 6,000 students and supporters have been reported from the Student Strike 4 Climate currently being held in Byron Bay. Other centres around the Far North Coast and the rest of the state are also reporting a massive turn outs.

Early start to bush fire season

With fires blazing along the east coast, it’s not surprising that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) have declared an early start to the Bush Fire Danger Period for the Far North Coast.

The homeless need your help now

For people sleeping rough, this is a really hard time of year and services for the homeless and needy are stretched to their limits.

Far north coast to host Surftag

For the first time in the 13-year history of Jim Beam Surftag the Far North Coast of NSW will hold its own qualifying event for the Australian Championships this Saturday in the Lennox Head/Ballina region.

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is potentially misleading. A council’s total...

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’