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Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the...

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NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?

Interview with Hayley Grace

Hayley Grace’s response to post-flood PTSD, was to look at life and healing in a different way, then come through the other side writing about it – her new single ‘Mary Jane’ is the result. Hayley and The Bay Collective, a raucous seven-piece big band – featuring a full horn section, guitar, bass, keys and percussion – will launch the song this week and play some shows to get it out there. Seven spoke to Hayley on the weekend to get her POV on The Bay Collective and recovery.

GemLife’s seniors’ housing estate (again) and more Ballina Council 2024 court action

A conciliation conference between the Ballina Shire Council and developers wanting to build a seniors’ resort-style estate in West Ballina is to happen in less than three weeks.

Mary McMorrow

Thank you Mary for your letter in last week’s Echo supporting Israel in its efforts to remove Hamas and...

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

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Breaking bad promises

It’s so hard to introduce urgently-needed reforms in today’s fevered media climate that governments tiptoe around problems and hardly dare to act.

New DA ‘withdrawal guidelines’  

The NSW Labor government have announced new DA withdrawal guidelines for councils in an attempt to ‘boost housing supply’.

A big weekend for conferences, if not solutions

The ALP has just held its national conference, in Brisbane, but most of the progressive ideas were discussed only on the fringes, and on the streets outside, with the official debate constrained. Down in Sydney, things pushed further into crazy-land at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an Australian version of the Trump-worshipping American event.

Nolan and Elliot to and fro over tweets and housing

In what appears to be an early start to the battle for the seat of Richmond in 2025, Greens Candidate Mandy Nolan has responded to a tweet that the sitting Member for Richmond Justine Elliot posted last week saying the tweet is inaccurate.

Labor Government committed to the demerger of Murwillumbah Education Campus

The significant issue of a merger of several Murwillumbah schools has been ongoing since 2020 when the then State Government announced via Sarah Mitchell MP that four public schools would be amalgamated into a single Kindergarten to Year 12 campus at Murwillumbah High.

Editorial: Too busy conforming

As a nation, we are a fairly compliant lot. The Rum Rebellion in 1808 was probably an exception; it was the first time that Australian military force was used to overthrow a government.

Meet your NSW Labor overlords

With Labor’s Chris Minns’ recent win at the NSW election on March 25, let’s take a closer look at the (front bench) ministers he hand picked, and how they may impact residents on the north coast.

Dead man walking? Aston disaster for Peter Dutton

Cartoonists love to portray federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton as a zombie; cold as ice, a man stuck in the past, with a tendency towards authoritarianism. Last weekend the dead man walking analogy acquired new meaning with the loss of the once-safe Liberal seat of Aston, in outer Melbourne.

Janelle’s four year road to the 2023 vote

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Janelle Saffin's win in the seat of Lismore and with not a minute to celebrate, Saffin spoke to The Echo about the 2023 campaign.

In line with the party, Broadley speaking: Labor’s fresh start for Ballina

In line with the party, Broadley speaking: Labor’s fresh start for Ballina

NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?