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Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

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Issue dividing the community

This bitter division in the Northern Rivers community regarding trains on our tracks or the rail trail could’ve been...

Lismore Residents Action Group say ‘no’ to Increased flight training

The Lismore Residents Action Group say they do not object to the future development of the airport, they say they are specifically concerned about the considerable increase in aircraft noise caused by flight training.

Bullshit detectors needed

Well well; we have a true Scepticarius in the mayoral race after all – a curmudgeonly and doggedly forensic...

COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

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I wanted to give credit where it is due and thank the editor for the preferences article, which I...

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Exploding fun park election ad backfires

Stephanie Deane, secretary, Save JEBH Group.  Firstly, I uphold the Australian right to free speech and, secondly, I uphold the right of any newspaper as...

Smith the mayor of Lismore, as Wright retains Ballina

Country Labor's Isaac Smith is the new mayor of Lismore after defeating Greg Bennett, a member of the Shooters and Fishers Party. Meanwhile, David Wright has been re-elected mayor of Ballina by a margin of 1,254 votes ahead of former Greens councillor and now independent Jeff Johnson.

Ballina mayor ‘hopeful’ for another term

Outgoing Ballina mayor David Wright says that even though the numbers look to be going his way, he’s not going to claim victory until the announcement by the NSW Electoral Commission, expected later today.

Byron coastal plan to be recalled

Byron Shire Council’s re-elected Greens mayor Simon Richardson says he will use the progressives’ thumping new majority to recall the controversial CZMP, pushed through in the dying days of the previous council.

Greens celebrate strong wins across state

The NSW Greens are celebrating strong wins across NSW in the weekend's local council elections, including Byron shire.

Simon Richardson set for second term as Byron’s mayor

Byron Greens mayor Simon Richardson has been entrusted with a second term after almost half of the shire's voters gave him their first preference. But things are not so clear-cut in neighbouring Lismore and Ballina.

David Wright’s airport privatisation plan

Keith Willliams, Ballina councillor and mayoral candidate Ballina’s mayor for the last four years, David Wright, has a secret agenda to privatise the Ballina-Byron Airport if...

Candidates should commit to repairing boardwalk

Richard W Murray, Tweed Heads Tweed Shire Council is seeking unnecessary conflict with residents, particularly at Tweed Heads, where council staff members have been directed...

Mayoral candidate wants to see ‘arts hub’ in Ballina

The manager of iconic Australian rock band INXS wants to be part of an exciting new arts and entertainment hub in Ballina. And mayoral candidate Jeff Johnson thinks the council could help him build his Golden Playpen.

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Jo Faith, Newtown. How often will Rose Wanchap continue to change personal status in order to suit her personal aspirations? She entered Council on the strength...

Growing number of dogs

Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in the Shire to be managed...

Responsible dog owner

I read with interest Alison Drover’s article on dog management and the follow up letters last week, and I couldn’t agree more. I am indifferent...

Dogs need control

I agree with Alison Drover’s recent article and her final line ‘wildlife needs more love, and our dog owners need a tighter lead’. But the...

COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 2 December. Northern NSW Local...