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State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Will COVID Lose the Government their Next Erection ?

We are hearing about long covid and the many complex health issues that people are facing, long after the virus has passed through their system. I knew about that, but what I didn’t know about was that men who get covid are six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Berejiklian’s COVID update: our ‘freedoms’ and the Queensland border bubble

Just before New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave her Coronavirus update at 11am, it was reported that Queensland has just announced that the border bubble with New South Wales will be reinstated, but not in the way many had hoped.

Thank you Mayor Lyon

Thank you, Mayor Lyon for highlighting the risks in having visiting film crew, real estate speculators and the like...

Berry bright future

At 25, Sarah Montgomery has her feet planted firmly on the ground and her hands deep in the soil....

Courage

Mask mandates are flawed orders that violate the human right to informed consent. Businesses that demand their customers wear...

Face masks

I was just wondering if anyone has the answer to this question: If face masks have the ability to contain...

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Cuddling for a cause: artist celebrates diversity with LGTBIQ portrait series

Paul Bibby Everybody loves a cuddle, and in the case of local artist Kia Maddock that love has extended to drawing and painting them. The Upper...

Byron to host region’s first gay formal

Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) has announced it is going to hold the region’s first formal especially for young people who identify as LGBTIAQ+ and their friends, who are eager for opportunities to socialise and celebrate with each other.

Ballina MP pans government’s ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to gay film

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith has criticised the NSW premier and education minister for their ‘knee-jerk reaction to the homophobic calls to ban the film Gayby Baby from being shown in NSW public schools’.

Street parade kicks off Fruits’ festival

Bob Downe joined local celebrities Maude Boat and Destiny Has Arrived to lead the 2013 Tropical Fruits parade through the streets of Lismore yesterday, kicking off four days of festivities.

Lismore gets ready for a queer New Year

Melbourne DJ Kam Shafaati is getting ready to kick off Australia's biggest gay and lesbian New Year's Eve party, Tropical Fruits' Rainbow Circus, right here in Lismore.

New film shows silent suffering

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV3O8qz6Y5g An award-winning film screening around the region this week highlights the plight of lesbian and gay elders who are often forced back into the...

All the fun of the fruity fair

Looking for an antidote to election day blues? They don't come any more fun and frivolous than Fruitopia, the annual fundraising fair day for Tropical Fruits at the Lismore Showground.

Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student at Goonellabah Public School testing...

Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.