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Byron and Tweed lockdown to end at midnight!

The lockdowns in the Byron and Tweed local government areas will end at midnight tonight, with no further cases having been detected in either area.

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Equitable allocation

In properly-scrutinised vaccination rollouts it is to be expected that vaccines are used as a device to protect the...

A matter of choice

I have chosen to receive a vaccination. Others have chosen not to. Unless we are living in some totalitarian state, that...

Ring of steel called for as Byron and Tweed locked down – again

Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.

Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

Now that Lismore LGA is out of lockdown, the number of acceptable reasons for residents to cross the border into Queensland has increased.

Pre-Accelerator program on offer

Those seeking to start a business, or with an early-stage business are encouraged to apply for one of four subsidised program places through the Sourdough Business Pathways Pre-Accelerator Program.

Bioenergy facility

Council continued to downplay the noise from trucks associated with the proposed bioenergy plant in last week’s Echo. This is...

Stories about "ICAC":

The legalities around pork barrelling in NSW

The misallocation of public funds to benefit partisan interest, to the detriment of making such decisions based on merit, is nothing new in the state of NSW. However, the blatant justifications of the practice by the current coalition government are something new.

Budget cuts force ICAC to beg for funding: PSA

The peak body representing the public service in NSW says independent funding for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is needed now, ‘so the corruption watchdog can focus on its investigations rather than trying to find annual budget savings’.

Federal integrity commission needed: Labor

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labor’s plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

More ICAC needed, not less

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. I'd like to support ICAC. Megan Latham is quite right, if tasteless, about the importance of putting the blowtorch to corrupt officialdom.

Politicians entitlements should be thoroughly probed

Bruce Apps, Townsend, NSW. Now that the poo has really hit the fans' concerning the political entitlement rorts, it is time for all of us who regularly send in letters to the editors of the various newspapers to push for an ICAC-type inquiry/royal commission.

High Court clips ICAC’s wings in ‘Cunneen affair’

The High Court’s decision to curtail ICAC’s investigation of high-profile lawyer Margaret Cunneen has severe implications for the corruption watchdog’s future.

ICAC refuses to comment on West Byron

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has refused to answer questions regarding why the West Byron development was never investigated after MLC Jan Barham referred it to them.

West Byron ICAC referral applauded

Jenny Coman, Bangalow A very good move by MLC and former Mayor, Jan Barham, to have ICAC investigate the referral of a decision on West Byron to State Govt; let’s hope they find fault with the process.

West Byron development proposal referred to ICAC

The West Byron development proposal is to be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption today by NSW Greens MLC and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.

Tweed businessman gave Nats a $175,000 ‘loan’ after donor ban

A prominent Tweed businessman gave the National Party a $175,000 loan after the ban on developer donations came into effect in 2009, Sydney media has revealed.

Murwillumbah TAFE offers new course to meet pharmacy skills shortage

Murwillumbah TAFE has introduced a new course to meet the growing demand for local pharmacy services brought about by COVID-19.

Ballina mayor hopeful loses bid for independent water science team a second time

Cr Cadwallader's second version of the motion came with an extra suggestion referring directly to the dumped option of a new hinterland dam in Dunoon.

Why Nuclear Will Bomb

Unless you’ve been blissfully slumbering in a very welcome coma, you’d be aware that Scott Morrison abruptly cancelled the terribly important contract we had with France, to build new submarines, in order to get fancy nuclear sink-boats from the US instead (in decades time and at incalculable cost, much like the previous contract). 

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.