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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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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.

Teacher survey

The Echo’s survey of local teachers regarding vaccination was as illuminating as it was disappointing. One respondent popped their...

Champion a cause

Delighted to read Dan Reade’s letter (September 1) calling for everyone to take a new cause to champion. I...

Byron Shire Councillors vote to raise CBD height

The developers of 33 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, came to last week’s Council meeting asking for permission to breach the building height limit in Central Byron by 38 per cent.

COVID-19 update NSW, September 22

As Byron Bay and Tweed Shire enter on their first day of a snap lockdown, NSW recorded from 8 pm last night 1035 announced Premier Berejiklian.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.

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Greens’ Richmond campaign ‘people powered, not fossil fueled’

The record vote by the Greens in Saturday’s federal election in Richmond has encouraged candidate Dawn Walker Greens to keep the ‘Green’ momentum going across the northern rivers.

Thus Spake Mungo: The worm turned, the maggots squirmed

My fearless prediction is that the coalition will end up with between 76 to 78 seats in the House of Representatives, a thin but decisive majority. But this is not the way it was meant to be.

A hung parliament? It may be the best we can hope for

Nearly three years ago, on the eve of the last Federal election, this web site warned that a Tony Abbott-led Coalition government presented a grim outlook for clean energy and climate change, and we warned too that it could be even worse than most people feared.

Elliot, Hogan retain their north coast seats

Incumbent northern rivers MPs Kevin Hogan (Page, Nationals) and Justine Elliot (Richmond, Labor) have retained their seats after a knife-edge federal election result which could see a hung parliament.

A voting guide for dummies

Still haven't made your mind up who to vote for yet? Well, crawl out from whatever rock you've been hiding under and pay some fricking attention. 
It's really quite simple. Just match your ideology with one of these political parties and away you go.

How to vote for renewable energy in Saturday’s election

Renewable energy and climate change have been barely more than peripheral issues in an extended election campaign that has almost entirely focused on the economy, budget numbers and ‘national security.’

Suicide prevention funding promised for north coast

The North Coast Primary Health Network has been selected as one of four lead sites across Australia to implement a new suicide prevention program if the Coalition is returned on Saturday.

North Coast GPs urge end to Medicare freeze

North Coast GPs say local patients will be the losers if the the current ‘freeze’ on the rebate for Medicare consultations is not ended by whichever political party wins government this weekend.

666 apprenticeships lost in Page electorate: Saffin

The number of apprenticeships in the Page electorate has fallen by 31.5 per cent in two years, according to Federal Department of Education figures. Federal Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin said the drop in numbers equated to 666 apprenticeships, with the figures replicated across Australia.

God will look after the Barrier Reef

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm Handing out how-to-vote cards at a Tweed Heads pre-polling booth I struck upon the idea of saying ‘vote Green to save...

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.