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High risk vehicles to be stopped and checked for fire ants at NSW Qld border

The detection of Red Imported Fire Ants at South Murwillumbah has seen a quick response from the Department of Primary Industries who have now started their next wave of operation in response. 

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Bushfire risk and health warnings as it heats up across NSW

High heat warnings have been predicted for much of NSW over the coming days with above average temperatures predicted...

Council looks to repair Mullum’s old Scout Hall

The Byron Shire Council is looking to retain a community asset, Mullumbimby's old Scout Hall, after being flood-damaged and in need of repairs.

Five Byron NYE dining options

New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay is a time for both celebration and indulgence, and what better way to indulge than with a long lavish dinner at one of town’s best restaurants? Whatever your taste, be it champagne or cocktails, Byron Bay has something to offer for everyone on New Year’s Eve, from beachfront luxury to exotic flavours and unique culinary concepts, a romantic dinner for two or a lively celebration with friends, you’re sure to find the perfect dining venue to welcome the new year in style.

Rally calls for ceasefire

A small but staunch group gathered at Main Beach Byron on Saturday to put their voices behind a call for a ceasefire in Palestine and an end to the Israel-Hamas war.

It’s hip and it’s blues

Greg Lyon’s Hip Operation are playing this Sunday afternoon at Ballina RSL. The Blues Club is excited to present this highly acclaimed outfit with Greg Lyon (vocals/bass), who brings together some outstanding players including Aaron West (vocals/guitar), Kirk Lorange (vocals/slide guitar) and Scott Hills (drums), delivering some of the best sounds and grooves you’ll hear anywhere.

Everybody rReads The Echo – 6 December, 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Stories about "holiday lets":

Growth, housing rights and the golden egg – the Ballina-isation of Byron

What an outcome on holiday letting – it’s a bit like offering $1,000 for a horse and getting it for $500. Yeeha! Happy as I am about the headline outcome, Recommendation 4 by the IPC commissioners suggests opening up more land – the Ballina-isation of Byron.

Where have all the houses gone?

A rally organised by Mandy Nolan and Cr Cate Coorey on Christmas Eve in Byron Bay, saw hundreds gather in misty rain at Apex Park to oppose the NSW government’s backflip on Council’s push to cap short-term holiday accommodation to 90 days in some residential zones. 

Promises, promises… holiday-letting fight goes on

February 11 was a big day for the Shire. The then NSW housing minister Anthony Roberts proudly announced that Byron would be given a special exemption from the state’s controversial new short-term holiday-letting rules.

Kingscliff hosts largest triathlon since covid

Over 1,600 athletes were in Kingscliff over the weekend to participate in the largest triathlon since covid.

Vale Pam Sonia

Very sadly, local treasure Pam Sonia passed away in Ewingsdale, last Wednesday, December 6. 

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.