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Why jobseekers were abandoned

Many were left puzzled by the recent federal budget by Labor Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, with its projected surplus of $9.3 billion. 

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Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.

MP Saffin clarifies claims around flood recovery

The office of Lismore Labor MP, Janelle Saffin, has made the claim that ‘No government, state or federal, has cut the funding promised for Resilient Homes and Resilient Land programs’ for 2022 flood recovery – see letters page 11.

Local public hospitals deliver amid record demand

Public hospitals across Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) continued to provide high quality, safe care throughout the first quarter of 2024, despite unprecedented demand for emergency care.

Photo of the week – 29 May 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

Last Nudge for the season

It’s wrapping up with a grand finale line-up of DJs and performance talent, and they can’t wait!

Australia’s finest classical guitarists

With a repertoire spanning centuries, continents, and genres, displaying amazing telepathy and the ability to evoke emotion from every note, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are justifiably regarded as Australia’s finest classical guitarists.

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School’s long-awaited bus stop on the way

For years, catching a bus to or from Goonengerry Public School has been a potentially perilous activity.

Goonengerry residents still impacted by 2022 landslide 

Residents awaiting the completion of the Federal Drive reconstruction have highlighted the impacts of losing connections to the hinterland village two years after the...

Tragic death of four-year-old twins in Goonegerry housefire

Emergency services were called to a fire in property at Goonengarry shortly after 4am today, responding to reports that two children were suffering from smoke inhalation.

How to reply to Council’s draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy?

With Council’s draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy causing alarm and stress within the hinterland community, the Main Arm Residents Association (MARRA) have authored a guide to help residents lodge a submission. But remember this policy also applies to urban areas.

Local RFS recruits getting hands on during training

The RFS is back on track training new recruits for the Rural Fire Service (RFS) as they prepare for the next fire season.

Wilsons Creek residents told to enact fire plans: fire meeting Mullumbimby

Tuntable Falls, Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek residents have been advised to leave and residents of the Byron Shire are being called to a fire meeting in Mullumbimby at 11am.

More than a quarter of kids in Ballina, Bruns and Ocean Shores in poverty

Around a fifth of people living in various parts of the Northern Rivers are living in poverty, including up to one in four children.

Goonengerry land-clearing ‘not a council issue’

Byron Shire says it has no powers to intervene to prevent land-clearing of endangered subtropical lowland rainforest despite the fact that it appears some of land being cleared is on Council’s own road verge.

Celebrating the regeneration of Goonengerry

Celebrating the vision of a wildlife habitat 20 years on, the Goonengerry community is coming together this Friday, October 20, to open the first stage of the Byrangery grass reserve walking track and the conversion of the last Camphor laurel to native forest.

Politics, science and… snow!

Two buses, 93 kids and an 18- hour drive were just the beginning of a wild week away as the kids from The Pocket, Coorabell, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul went for a trip they will never forget

Kingscliff locals concerned over proposal to remove trees at Merve Edwards Fields for AFL

The potential of removing trees from the Merve Edwards Fields site at Kingscliff to accommodate the Kingscliff Junior AFL Club has raised concerns of locals and neighbours who say that this is not a proposal they support. 

Ballina Council to look into making tiny homes accessible 

The idea of living in a tiny home can seem like a simple solution to our housing crisis – but getting council approvals for a permanent tiny home on private land can be challenging. 

Council staff to look at limiting bulk and scale in Wategos  

A motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

Is this the next Bentley? New doco highlights value of Clarence River amid mining proposal

Mining plans for the region were discovered by two locals as they paddled down the Clarence River near Grafton. The question is what does it mean for the future of the Northern Rivers?