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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

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An innovation in men’s sexual health

An innovation for men’s health means that men who have sex with men will now be able to test for HIV from home.

It’s HIV awareness week

As with so many diseases getting an early diagnosis is key to avoiding or minimising long term serious side effects. It is the same for HIV.

A third of new HIV diagnoses ‘show signs of late infection’

As many as 10 per cent of people with HIV in NSW may be unaware they have the virus, says Jenny Heslop, north coast manager of HARP. And a third of people diagnosed with the disease showed signs of late infection that could have been avoided with earlier testing.

Brunswick Heads forum on HIV prevention drug PrEP

Residents of Byron and Tweed shires will have the chance to find out more about the latest game-changer in HIV prevention at a special community forum in May.

Would you like a sausage with your HIV test?

Lismore Sexual Health Service in collaboration with ACON Northern Rivers will be hosting a BBQ with pop-up rapid HIV testing this Saturday in the lead-up to the Tropical Fruits Dance party that night.

Rapid HIV testing comes to Byron

As of next week, Byron gay men and others potentially affected by HIV no longer need to make the trek to Lismore to get their rapid HIV testing and results.

HIV pop-up testing a first

Melissa Hargraves Tropical Fruits is hosting Australia’s first regional pop-up rapid HIV-testing site this week after the concept’s huge success in Sydney’s Taylor Square on...

Lighthouse shows the way on AIDS Day

Byron Shire Lighthouse was illuminated red over the weekend to commemorate World AIDS Day on Sunday and to highlight a new plan to end HIV in Australia by 2020.

HIV rises as men admit unprotected sex

HIV diagnoses are rising at a record rate as an increasing number of gay Australians admit having unprotected casual sex, according to two major...

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.