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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

Who can I trust?

COVID, WHO SHOULD I TRUST ?   I tend to trust people who care, who demonstrate they have no agenda, but to be...

Staff cuts at Murwillumbah mega school

The NSW Teacher's Federations says that the proposed merger of four schools in Murwillumbah will result in the loss of at least 19 teaching positions.

4WDs multiplying on Seven Mile Beach?

Beach users in Lennox Head are reporting much higher numbers of 4WDs on Seven Mile Beach recently, along with...

Library restrictions

Under Richmond Tweed Library restrictions announced today, our local libraries are now only offering click and collect, and online...

Superior to civilisation as we know it

Indigenous folk of the Australian continent existed in superior fashion to civilisation as we know it   My evidence, your Dishonour?   There were no policemen, no wrongful...

Stories about "Gambling":

Ballina MP Tamara Smith speaks about community, and more of the issues close to her heart

In the second part of this two part series, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith discusses more of the issues that are important to her, and the Ballina community.

Kickin’ the Punt launch first major documentary

As part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week, Ballina-based gambling reform group Kickin' The Punt has just released its first major film on YouTube.

Greens: Shut down pokies and gambling rooms

Gambling spokesperson and Greens MP Cate Faehrmann Greens MP says gambling and pokies pose an unacceptable risk during COVID-19 and should be shut down immediately.

AJP calls for horse racing royal commission while pokie profits rise

‘America has a gun problem, Australia has a gambling problem,’ says former Animal Justice Party candidate for Ballina and Northern Rivers based animal rights advocate Cathy Blasonato.

Time for action to reduce gambling harm-related suicides

It’s time the federal and state governments in Australia recognised gambling harm as a serious public health issue, Alliance for Gambling Reform spokesman, the Rev Tim Costello, says on this World Suicide Prevention Day.

Ballina Council baulks at taking tough measures on poker machines

Ballina Council will write to the Minister for Liquor Gaming and Racing and local MPs to request that greater efforts be made to monitor electronic gaming machines in the shire.

When pokies get personal

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an annual event to promote early intervention and awareness of responsible gambling practices in NSW.  In 2018, it will be held from 8 to 14 October.

$2-million winner ‘called in to pay fees’

A Ballina resident who won the $2.27 million Keno jackpot at Ballina RSL Club on Sunday said she had only popped in to pay her husband’s bowls fees.

Lismore community grants available as pokies give back – a bit

Do you have a project that would improve sports, recreation, arts and cultural facilities, or help improve community safety in times of emergency?

Pokies to be removed from Byron’s Beach Hotel

Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel is set to become the first licensed venue in the shire to get rid of its pokies in a bid to reduce problem gambling.

Should the Northern Rivers be opening up to mines?

The question of whether or not mining should be allowed in the Northern Rivers has once again been raised and the issue is being brought to the table in the NSW Parliament.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...