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Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

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Dr Philip Nitschke to visit Lismore

Controversial founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, Dr Philip Nitschke will hold a free public meeting on NSW’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying Act at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday.

$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

Trove runs out of funding in June. How will the loss of the service affect Australian and Pacific research?

Most of Trove’s 22 million annual page visits come from members of the public: family historians, students, and general browsers interested in the six billion records it houses. But over the past 14 years, the archive has also become a crucial resource for academic work.

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.

Family and domestic violence leave comes into force tomorrow

New laws to provide 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will come into force tomorrow for workers...

Stories about "fraud":

Charges over bushfire-related fraud – South Coast

Police say a third person has been charged following an investigation into bushfire-related fraud on the state’s South Coast.

Unique Estates founder exploits customer contacts

The former clients of luxury real estate agency Unique Estates would barely have noticed the emails from luxury boat and car hire companies in their inboxes a few months ago.

Man found with ATM skimmer, illegal debit cards in Tweed

During a search of a vehicle stopped at Banora Point yesterday, police allegedly located three mobile phones, a card skimming device, about 50 sim cards, a laptop and about 20 thumb drives plus Visa debit cards.

Fraudster tricking Ballina retail staff

A trickster has been ripping off Ballina shops by bamboozling staff while they are giving him change. The man uses the age-old technique of buying a very cheap item with a large note and asking for change.

Woman allegedly fraudulently claims illness benefit – Casino 

A woman has been charged with fraud offences in relation to financial gain for an illness at Casino. 

Man charged with $1.2m fraud from medical supply company

A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company. Detectives from the...

Canteen manager sentenced over theft from sporting clubs

The canteen operator for Far North Coast Softball and Baseball Associations who fleeced more than $15,000 from bank accounts in 2015 and 2016 has been sentenced to an intensive corrections order.

Lismore email fraud victim loses $10,000

A Lismore company has been defrauded $10,000 in a scam involving a 'cloned' email account. Police from the Richmond Local Area Command have issued a warning following the scam urging people to question when a 'supplier' asks them to change the method of payments.

Accommodation manager ‘created fake receipts to avoid paying bill’

The manager of Ballina Manor Motel and Wilsons College student accommodation at Lismore has appeared in court after allegedly creating fake receipts to avoid paying an advertising bill of almost $6,000.

Community service order for Centrelink overpayment

A Lismore person with gender dysphoria, who was overpaid more than $41,000 by Centrelink after failing to declare the income, has been ordered to do 80 hours community service and repay the money.

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.