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NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

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Ecocide in Mullum

Saddened by the huge trauma that homeless flood victims are undergoing, those feelings were further compounded by reading Hans...

Barilaro begs off today’s Upper House committee inquiry

Today's scheduled hearing for the Upper House committee inquiry into the appointment of Mr John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas has been cancelled.

Police assault charge heads back to local court

The NSW Supreme Court has found that a decision by local magistrate and former police officer, Michael Deakin, was an ‘error of law’.

Unmissable sessions at Byron Writers Festival

Not sure which sessions to see? We’ve saved the best ’til last and highlighted some of the must-see panels and conversations from the 2022 program to help you decide. Hurry, Day Passes are selling fast!

Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

A long and chequered career in cooking

When she was just 16, Elizabeth Jackson was kicked out of a home economics class – not because she burnt a pot or had a collapsed sponge, but because she made a black wedding cake.

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Byron Music Festival artist announcement

In the wake of the cancellation of Bluesfest 2021, the inaugural Byron Music Festival's first artist announcement has just been released, featuring a 100% Byron Bay and north coast line-up.

Splendour 2020 cancelled – what does this mean for locals?

Another festival cancelled – what does this mean for a region that is so highly dependent on tourism and festivals?

Festival of COVID-19

Oliver Dunne, Byron Bay In the past few days, the NSW government appears to have changed direction on managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, this...

Festival time for Ballina… get your applications in now

Are you wanting to run an event or festival in Ballina Shire? Now is the time to get funding to support your local events.

Spirits soar at Uplift Festival

VIDEO, PHOTOS: The 2014 Uplift Festival at Byron Bay over the past four days was truly a melting pot of consciousness, with hundreds of people enjoying the hybrid music festival/conference which promotes peace, spirituality and ecological sustainability.

Shake that jive, Mullum comes alive

VIDEO: The biggest little town in Australia came alive with sound and colour at the weekend for the seventh annual Mullum Music Festival, when the town puts on the ritz in the only way it knows how.

Stellar line-up set for Byron’s big music festivals

The music-festival heart of Australia that is Byron shire is set to pump again with Bluesfest adding a star performer from the US to its first stage of its 2015 line-up at Tyagarah next Easter and the Falls Festival trumpeting more big-name acts for its New Year's event at Yelgun.

Music, sweet music stirs Bangalow

Classical music buffs from the northern rivers and much further afield enjoyed three days of concerts and chamber music by nationally and internationall acclaimed performers during the annual Bangalow Music Festival at the historic A and I Hall.

Spellbound at the Byron Bay Writers Festival

Marquees overflowed in yet again another feast for book lovers at the 2014 Byron Bay Writers Festival. Cultural urges were satisified as leading lights in fiction and non fiction, current affairs and the arts got up close and personal with their audience. Video Sharon Shostak

Festivals of food in Melbourne and Byron

Having attended Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival last weekend, I was reminded of a time long ago when Byron used to close off Lawson Street…

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I...