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COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

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Cartoon of the week – 20 October, 2021

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

The Great Reopening

S Haslam What a time to go out in Byron – easy to park and, for the shy retiring types...

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

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.

Bio-energy vs biodiversity

I thank The Echo for so clearly informing the readers of the ongoing concerns of Byron Bird Buddies and...

Lake Ainsworth Cyanobacteria Update – RED ALERT

Ballina Shire Council has just issued a Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth. Water should NOT be used for primary recreation. Users should obey all signage erected by Council.

Stories about "glysophate":

Biodiversity plans and glyphosates don’t mix

Al Oshlack, Lismore. I am a person more than most who supports a concerted effort to have implemented a bio-diversity strategy to protect our endangered fauna and flora.

Weed issue shooting up

Iris Detenhoff, Mullumbimby. I spent seven years on a Byron Shire Council water advisory committee because I felt strongly about herbicide spraying in the shire. It was a great exercise and I learned much. Achieved? Not so much.

Byron steam-weeding contractor under pressure

A current chemical-free steam weeding trial around Byron Shire Council-run parks has come under pressure after comments by a senior council staffer.

Non-toxic steam weeding trials begin

Chemical-free weed control has come to the region, tackling roadside weeds, carparks, playgrounds and estates around the Byron Shire.

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.