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Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

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Cartoon of the week – 22 May, 2024

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.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

Shh – it’s Secret Bridesmaid’s Business

It is the very eve of Meg’s wedding – her mother is fussing over every detail and her best friends are doing little to help. The wedding is the gala event that Meg has dreamed of since she was a girl and one that has taken far too long to come true. But, anything that can go wrong does until the veil is lifted on an unhappy secret, and Meg’s dream is rocked by a revelation she doesn’t want to be true.

Bimbo Jimbo

For Treasurer Jim Chalmers to say that it was ‘simpler’ to just give everyone the energy rebate of $75...

Legal system fails to keep kids safe

Fifteen years ago, Karen Bell’s three children – Bon 18 months, Maddie 5, and Jack 7, were found with their dead father Gary Bell in a vehicle at Perico – a collapsed hippy colony on the NSW far south coast.

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Tweed Council defer extension to Kingscliff pod site and ask for consultation

The NSW Reconstruction Authority (NSWRA) intends ‘to extend temporary housing sites to a maximum of five years’ across the Northern Rivers. 

Call to protect State Significant Farmland next to Tweed Valley Hospital as promised

The rezoning of the State Significant Farmland to build the Tweed Valley Hospital on the Cudgen Plateau near Kingscliff split the community and ultimately came with an ‘iron clad’ promise that no more SSF would be rezoned. That promise is about to be pout to the test.

Tweed Council seeks public announcement of free hospital parking

Tweed Shire Council call for confirmation of free parking for all at new Tweed Valley Hospital.

From cool towns to swimmer safety and ageism – there’s plenty on for Tweed Council today

Locals say Cudgen Creek is being ‘loved to death’, putting people at risk. Councillor James Owen will bring the issue to today's Tweed Council meeting while Cr Dr Nola Firth will be looking at the importance of cool towns and ageism. 

Free parking at new Tweed Valley Hospital still not confirmed

It was the promise of every election candidate that they would support the previous government's promise for free parking at the controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital at Kingscliff. Yet Northern NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure are yet to confirm this will be provided. 

Will the new Tweed Valley Hospital turn Kingscliff, Cudgen and Chinderah local roads into a ‘rat run’?

The Tweed Valley Hospital development has already been having negative impacts on traffic congestion in Kingscliff, Cudgen and Chinderah with extra traffic ‘rat running’ through local streets causing congestion and reducing safety.

Tweed Council to start nappy rebate scheme but defer Cudgen Creek Masterplan

The last Tweed Shire Council meeting (18 May, 2023) saw the Reusable Nappy Rebate Scheme adopted by councillors, the rail trail impacts were discussed...

KRPA calls for action on legacy floodplain DAs – now

Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association has called for action, rather than more talk, on the dangers of approved legacy and zombie development applications on floodplains. 

Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.

New community meeting room in Lismore

A new community meeting room, free for non-profit organisations and community groups to hire, has been launched at the Lismore Library.

New doco explores ‘God molecule’ found in toads

Are you ready to explore the secrets of the universe through the use of the most powerful psychedelic known to humankind?

Knitting Nannas off to Canberra

The prolific anti-fossil fuel campaigners are to meet with Federal Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen to raise concerns over Labor’s Future Gas Strategy.

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.