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Byron Bay Surf Festival 

Surfers, beach lovers, water people – owing to COVID- related complications, the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival has moved...

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Evans Head, Iron Gates DA public planning meeting coming

The current development application (DA) for the flood and bushfire-prone site of the Evans Head, Iron Gates development will go before the Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP) on 30 August.

West Ballina locals concerned about new flood risk

A large group of West Ballina residents are alarmed about a DA which has been submitted to Ballina Shire Council by the Emmanuel Anglican College in Horizon Drive. The proposal, for a STEM and Digital Technology Centre, is planned for a well-known flood-prone area which previously acted as part of a large retention pond.

Curved-space robot defies known laws of physics, heralding new locomotive technology possibilities

A robot engineered at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has done the unthinkable and flouted a steadfast law of motion, suggesting that new laws need to be defined.

Storytelling at its best in Ballina

A new community storytelling event will take place at the Ballina CWA Hall on Sunday September 11.

Veteran-led flood recovery operation launched

Disaster Relief Australia, a veteran-led organisation, has launched a flood recovery operation in a bit to help Northern Rivers residents recover from catastrophic flooding.

Some truths

In answer to David Lisle’s letter – Backlash Echo Aug 3, 2022. Our rail corridor was only ‘disused’ because of...

Stories about "Murwillumbah-Casino rail line":

No solar train on the horizon

Lee Cass, Byron Bay. In the Echo of March 9, Jeremy Holmes, Elements’ project manager, is reported as saying that the proposed train will be converted to ‘solar powered electric operation.’ This is a change from the term previously used by Elements and the one announced on Channel Ten news last year about a solar train for Byron Bay, which many people believe is coming.

The ‘no trains, more traffic congestion’ plan

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores . According to the government’s Brisbane-Sydney Corridor Strategy (2007) traffic on the Pacific Highway crossing the Queensland border into NSW is projected to increase to 151,000 vehicles per day in the next ten years, an increase of almost 400 per cent on the 2007 number of 41,724 vehicles per day.

Proposed Byron train branded ‘greenwash’

Residents and businesses affected by a proposed diesel train service between the new Elements of Byron resort and Byron Bay township have stepped up their opposition ahead of a council decision on a DA for a new station on the route this week.

Trains the solution to traffic and parking

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. Community concerns about paid parking in Byron Bay, and the proposal to move Byron Community Markets from Butler Street to the Cavvanbah Sports Centre, are understandable.

Trains take traffic off roads, increase safety

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. It was very obvious prior to the 2011 state election that the Liberal-National Party had no intention of honouring their promises to ‘get the trains running’. Their so-called study was put together in 2013 specifically to justify that decision.

Shame about the train blame game

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. It's a shame people are unable to do some rudimentary research about the proposed train service from Belongil into Byron before rushing into print with misinformation. The three-carriage rail motor will use exactly the same diesel fuel as the trucks, buses and 4WDs that currently sit for hours in traffic on Ewingsdale Road.

Rail opponents misinformed

Wendy Bithell, Brunswick Heads. What’s happened to altruistic attitude of northern rivers residents? I’m a passionate advocate of returning trains to our tracks, not because it will help me or my business, but because it would be good for our community.

Diesel train opposition gains momentum

Plans to run an old, diesel-powered railcar between Bayshore Drive and the Byron Bay township by this summer are facing greater opposition, including from Shirley Street residents and businesses.

Toxic trains on our tracks?

Fiona Chapman, Sunrise Beach. As a resident of Sunrise estate and a property owner that sits opposite the rail line, I'm deeply concerned about the antiquated and toxic diesel engines that Elements at Byron proposes to run past our street.

Bangalow to meet on rail trail impact

Bangalow Progress Association is hosting a meeting to hear presentations on how the various options for new uses of the Murwillumbah to Casino rail corridor could impact upon Bangalow and neighbouring areas.

Finding the fine art

Bangalow Fine Art are boutique art dealers and valuers who hold quarterly online exhibitions of interesting and important pieces of Australian and international art. The...

Mirabelle’s game 

A magical quest is taking place in Lismore Quad from August 15–23. Deep underground, right beneath the town (and unknown to the human inhabitants...

Local pasta, sauces, eggs and custard!

Victoria Cosford There’s a steady stream of customers at Jodie’s stall. Regulars by the looks of it, most unclipping their plastic containers – 100 per...

Halcyon House and Paper Daisy

Simon Haslam A stylish boutique beachfront hotel with bespoke rooms, its own day spa, a beautiful pool and a laidback but upmarket restaurant, with an...