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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

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Water Night coming tomorrow

Rous County Council is putting residents of the Northern Rivers to the test by challenging households to take up the Water Night Challenge.

Lake Ainsworth Cyanobacteria Update – RED ALERT

Ballina Shire Council has just issued a Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth. Water should NOT be used for primary recreation. Users should obey all signage erected by Council.

Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

Charges after cars damaged in police pursuit – Coffs Harbour

Police say a man has been charged following a pursuit, where a number of cars – including an unmarked police car – were sideswiped on the Mid-North Coast yesterday.

Cartoon of the week – 20 October, 2021

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

French hypocrisy

The French are understandably upset about being stabbed in the back by Australia’s sinking of the submarine contract. They...

Stories about "food bowl":

Shenhua’s gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

Life’s not a breeze at Breeza, but it’s worth it

John ‘Hampo’ Hamparsum is a farmer at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains. Chances are that if you eat, you can be pretty sure you have consumed something grown in this area – the food bowl of Australia.

Pioneering wholesome community catering

It’s Wednesday lunchtime and the tables at the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre are covered in plates of delicious vegetable pot pie. About 80 hungry locals are tucking in, chatting happily as bowls of dessert begin to emerge from the kitchen.

Food bowl under dire threat from mining

Lindy Smith, Tweed Heads. The expanse and productivity of the Liverpool Plains, an amazing food bowl, is one of the most important productive agricultural regions in Australia is irrefutable.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

Northern Rivers Mud Trail this weekend

Local ceramic artists will be opening their studios across the Byron, Ballina and Tweed Shires over the weekend, as part of the Northern Rivers Mud Trail.