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High risk vehicles to be stopped and checked for fire ants at NSW Qld border

The detection of Red Imported Fire Ants at South Murwillumbah has seen a quick response from the Department of Primary Industries who have now started their next wave of operation in response. 

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Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Fatal two-vehicle crash – Richmond PD

Just after 7pm Thursday, 30 November 2023, emergency services responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash along the Pacific Highway, Woodburn, about 35km south of Lismore.

How to make sure your fur kids don’t become a Christmas casualty

A TAFE NSW animal studies teacher has dished up some tips to Northern Rivers locals to safeguard their pets against illness and accidents during the festive season.

Thalidomide apology recognises injustice

Last week, Labor PM, Anthony Albanese, delivered a national apology to all Australians impacted by the thalidomide tragedy.

Mullumbimby Brunswick cricketers continue their winning ways

This Mullumbimby Brunswick Cricket Club (MBCC) is charging in its new association with an undefeated record for the 2023-24 season to date.

Lismore City Council struggles to maintain staff and understand the Local Government Act

The most contentious items on Lismore Council’s agenda for the November meeting were a development application (DA) for the...

Stories about "Feros Care":

Feros hose down Brad’s claims at Bangalow facility 

A resident of Feros Care Residential Village Bangalow says that his time at the facility has become worse than it already was, since residents of Feros in Byron have been relocated there.

Empower councils for a fairer share 

As Collingwood and Penrith fans celebrate two cliffhanger wins, the Byron community has scored their own equally hard fought twin victories. 

Feros slaps ban on media visits

On Saturday, on the way to visit Feros Byron Bay residents, The Echo was told via text and email from a Feros Care media spokesperson that, ‘Unfortunately we have a policy of no media on site.

Apollo aged care interested in Feros takeover 

The Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre and Apollo Care Alliance will apply to take over the day-to-day running of the Feros Village aged care facility in Byron Bay, should a proposed expression of interest process for the home take place.

A hopeful future for Byron Feros residents

At yesterday’s Byron Shire Council Meeting, during a Mayoral Minute, Mayor Michael Lyon moved a motion to confirm that Council supports Crown Lands running an Expression of Interest process to test interest from potential aged care providers for Feros Village.

D-Day at Byron Feros Village aged care facility – residents remain in place for now

The final ten residents had been told by Feros Care that they needed to be out of the Feros Village Byron Bay by yesterday, 18 July. Last night Feros residents, family members, and the community came together to hold a ‘vigil’.

Feros Care send notice of closure for 23 June – residents refuse to leave

Elderly Feros Village residents in Byron Bay and their families received notice yesterday (Wednesday, 10 May), from Feros Care CEO Karen Crouch, that the aged care facility would close on 23 June, 2023.

Feros Care’s development intentions investigated

Calls by residents and their families to remove Feros Care as the Crown Land Manager for Feros Village Byron Bay have triggered an investigation by Crown Lands, who own the site on behalf of the people of NSW.

Feros board defend allegations of misconduct

The death of recent Feros Byron Bay resident, Jason Smith, has put fire in the belly of a local advocacy group fighting the facility’s closure. 

Jason Smith: A building life, 25 April 1947 – 1 April 2023

Jason used to come to Byron Bay in the mid ‘60s, stay in caravan parks in town and surf The Pass. He moved up north permanently in 1971.

Kingscliff hosts largest triathlon since covid

Over 1,600 athletes were in Kingscliff over the weekend to participate in the largest triathlon since covid.

Vale Pam Sonia

Very sadly, local treasure Pam Sonia passed away in Ewingsdale, last Wednesday, December 6. 

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.