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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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Editorial – Council restart and the most unsafe house in the nation 

Expectations of government have been undermined – so where to from here and how to rebuild a nation based on good politics.

Today is International Day of People with Disability

This language trend around People With a Disability has tended to emphasise the disability rather than the person, which can lead to derogatory labelling, depersonalisation or impersonal, collective references.

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’,

Qld-NSW border to open sooner

Local businesses can look forward to an ‘epic summer’ following the easing of Qld border restrictions, the Byron Business Chamber says.

Cartoon of the week – 8 December, 2021

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

Not cats

It’s climate change, stupid. Not cats that is impacting birds and wildlife. One in six Australian birds are now...

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MP calls for urgent review of bypass process

An urgent review of the environmental approvals by the NSW planning department with the Byron Bypass project has been requested in parliament by recently re-elected Greens NSW MP Tamara Smith. 

Thus Spake Mungo: Where’s Scottie?

Scott Morrison, his office informs us, is taking a short break – off to the country for a bit of biking, boating and fishing. But not shooting; the image of our easy-going prime minister with a lethal weapon in his hands might send the wrong message.

Fix NBN, youth unemployment: Page’s ALP candidate

Successful Labor candidate for the seat of Page, Casino resident Patrick Deegan, may not have had the high profile of his fellow contender but what he does have in spades is a passion for helping the disadvantaged.

Apparent failure to vote

Greg Denford, East Ballina. Today I received a letter from the AEC dated 29 November 2013 headed ‘Apparent failure to vote’. I was one of the first dozen voters to vote at Ballina High School.

Election no CSG mandate

Chris Anderson, Byron Bay. Though hardly surprised to read yet another tiresome anti-Green rant by John Vaughan, his take on the facts cannot go unchallenged.

Fraser accuses ALP of ‘media control’

Nationals Richmond MP Matthew Fraser falsely accused sitting member Justine Elliot of controlling local media at last night’s Richmond candidates forum, to the disgust of many in the audience.

Coalition to win, but a late surge to minors

Tony Abbott is set for a comfortable win in Saturday's election, but his lead has been clawed back by a late shift toward the minor parties, the final pre-election Essential Research poll shows.

How the Senate system is gamed

David Lovejoy has a final say on the Senate preferencing issue. My online article last week  met with some harsh criticism, some of it...

ALP pledges cash for teeth

As the federal election campaign moves towards the pointy end, and with Labor’s fortunes sliding at the polls, Page MP Janelle Saffin yesterday promised...

Greens win debate hands down

What a lacklustre election with little imagination, enthusiasm or foresight shown by either Abbott or Rudd. A biased national media election campaign, funded predominantly by...

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.