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State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

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Cartoon of the week – 15 September, 2021

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Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

Free beer is a Furphy for double-jabbed drinkers

Geelong born and brewed, Furphy plans to reward double-jabbed Australians with a free glass of Furphy when pub and club doors safely reopen.

It’s not a police raid – just a few renos at Main Arm

Main Arm residents might have thought the annual ‘crop’ raids had come early on Tuesday when a chopper spent the entire day flying up and down the valley.

COVID is here to stay

As a medical doctor of 30 years, and citizen, I have watched the last 18 months with confusion. Initially...

Berry bright future

At 25, Sarah Montgomery has her feet planted firmly on the ground and her hands deep in the soil....

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Bumper crop of stingrays, bluebottles float into town

Stan Ceglinski describes himself as having a ‘high pain threshold’, but he wasn’t prepared for a stingray encounter during his regular swim at South Golden Beach two weeks ago.

Saving lives by watching kids near water

Research shows that, over the past 18 years, 507 children aged 0 to 4 years drowned. Of these, 207 (41%) were aged one year.

Heatwave prompts lifesavers’ safety call

With temperatures set to spike well into the 30s in parts of the northern rivers over the next few days, Surf Life Saving NSW has issued a warning to beachgoers – and it’s not only about safety in the surf.

Lifesavers need on north Byron beaches

Marianne McCormack, Billinudgel Do lives matter in the Byron Shire? Well it seems they do, but only if you choose to holiday or swim in...

Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student at Goonellabah Public School testing...

Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.