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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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Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

Bruns playground?

I have been fortunate to travel from Cape York Qld to Cockle Creek Tassie and as a grandparent always...

West Ballina locals concerned about new flood risk

A large group of West Ballina residents are alarmed about a DA which has been submitted to Ballina Shire Council by the Emmanuel Anglican College in Horizon Drive. The proposal, for a STEM and Digital Technology Centre, is planned for a well-known flood-prone area which previously acted as part of a large retention pond.

Criminalising protest

In another Sstate government descent into criminalising protest, to protect their own government’s sabotage of a liveable planet, last...

Ecocide in Mullum

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

Stories about "food":

Trees Not Bombs gone but not forgotten

On Friday evening the space that was home for the Trees Not Bombs recovery café stood empty of its tent, pots and pans, makeshift kitchen sink and cups of tea and cake, but the most noticeable absence was the smiles and support of the volunteers.

People still need support with food and a place to connect after the floods

For many people in Lismore and surrounding areas the community food kitchens and volunteers have been an essential lifeline to keep them going with food, a little warmth and a friendly face. Yet the lack of funding for these services is seeing them close and volunteers burn out. 

Ballina Rotary getting stuck into flood recovery

Col Lee, President of Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary, spoke to The Echo about his club's recovery work across the region in the wake of the flood emergency.

Climate change driving up food prices

Australians are already paying more for meat, bread, dairy and fruit because climate change is disrupting food supply chains, according to a new report from Farmers for Climate Action.

Sikh volunteers feeding Lismore in time of need

For the last week, a white van has been parking at the devastated corner of Keen and Magellan Streets in Lismore, serving delicious dahl for free to anyone who is hungry.

Emergency fodder available for flood-affected livestock

Flood-affected North Coast landholders are encouraged to call the Agricultural and Animal Services hotline to request emergency fodder for livestock, animal assessment and veterinary advice.

Where is agriculture going in the Northern Rivers?

As the climate emergency bites, and the population grows, farmers are becoming more innovative than ever. The passion and imagination of the Northern Rivers agricultural sector makes this a place to watch.

Quiet please! I’m eating and don’t need an amplified soundtrack

David Heilpern At last, a chance to tackle one of the crucial, life-changing issues of our time. Yes, we have the virus, and we have climate...

Empanadas and community spirit in wake of cancelled Bluesfest

With a collective sigh of disbelief and disappointment we processed the news that Bluesfest was cancelled

New food donation campaign launched

A new campaign is set to make a big difference in helping to reduce waste and provide more food security for our region.

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...