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New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

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New Mullum Indian

S Haslam Mullumbimby now has its own Indian restaurant at the Mullumbimby Golf Club. Mullum Indian Restaurant is open Wednesday...

Teacher shortage hitting schools across NSW

With the mandatory vaccination date getting closer, the NSW Teachers Federation says there is already a shortage of teachers.

Lockdown cells

Michael Lyon, I understand you took the initiative to collaborate with neighbouring mayors in the Northern Rivers to address...

Courage

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

No blank cheques

Since the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its damming ‘code-red’ report on the impending climate emergency...

Post not boast

There are a plethora of new websites promoting Byron, posting surf and beach ‘porn’ shots with dolphins leaping and...

Stories about "gay marriage plebiscite":

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke…

The media and other politicians have been quick to condemn the headbutt on Tony Abbott. However, in talking with people in cafes, in the street, at work, I have been met with a very different response.

Tweed councilllors attempt to overturn marriage equality support

Tweed Shire Council will hold a special general meeting this evening following an attempt by the shire’s three conservative councillors to derail its support for the YES vote in the marriage equality debate.

Abbott allegedly head-butted by same sex marriage campaigner

Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.

Tweed marriage equality banner erected

Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.

Marriage equality: progressive instincts crushed by political failure

After speaking recently at a writers’ festival, I was asked about what in Australia’s history could account for our failure to legislate same-sex marriage. It was not easy to answer.

Choices at The Channon

Maybe I should be excited. Many of my friends are. ‘The votes are in the mail,’ one of those friends says as we pass by an Aboriginal bloke sitting under a tree, painting on stretched canvas.

Oldies support marriage equality too

Desmond Bellamy, Byron Bay. Those of us who thought, like the old song, that ‘love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage’ have...

Canavan’s plebiscite comments lack empathy

Ernesto Montoto, Repentance Creek. Response to Senator Matthew Canavan's comments 'Grow a spine' & 'Delicate little flowers'. Matthew, I'd like to share my story with you...

All stations go for marriage equality campaign

With the High Court deciding to allow the postal plebiscite on marriage equality to go ahead, supporters in Byron Bay and Ballina are girding their loins for a final campaign ahead of the mail-out, which is scheduled to take place on September 12.

Marriage plebiscite ‘corrupt’

Fast Buck$, Coorabell.  Is the same-sex marriage plebiscite a form of corruption? I recall that in 1994 or thereabouts NSW premier Nick Greiner was having trouble with...

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.

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...