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NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

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The Bogong

The Byron Writers Festival has partnered with Blak & Bright curator Jane Harrison to present The Bogong, a Blak version of The Moth. The Bogong, Hosted by Danny Teece-Johnson, is a celebration of the lived experience in crafted spoken word form. Featuring six First Nations storytellers, it’a feast for the ears.

Power of the people

Katherine (Letters, 3 August) asked ‘can the power of the people compete...’? The answer is in the recent federal election:...

Bundjalung Nghari – contemporary Bundjalung stories 

Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise features Rhoda Roberts AO and words by Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Ella Noah Bancroft, Daniel...

Byron Bay Surf Festival 

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

Fairy of the week – 17 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Finding the fine art

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

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From little things Ballina things grow

The advocate group Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) grew from small beginnings in 2015 when resident Sue Kelly had a gut full of the Australian Government’s increasingly inhumane treatment and policies towards people seeking asylum.

Remembering refugees and helping them resume a life

If you have struggled with lockdown during COVID-19 spare a thought for refugees who have been left to languish in Nauru and Manus Island for over seven years.

Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru

A group of young Aussie kids appear in a new advertising campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru. 

A rare inside peek inside the hell of Manus and Nauru

Mia Armitage ‘What you will hear truly is about a lack of human rights,’ said Frederika Steen AM on a late May Saturday morning in...

Australia silent on Israeli demolition of village

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay. It's not just the government of Nauru who block visitors including those from Australia whose tax dollars maintain the refugee gulags. Israel similarly is not keen for witnesses to its demolition of Australian NGO ActionAid and EU funded structures.

Teachers must stand up for children in detention

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores. As we have heard, doctors are protecting a baby at the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane from deportation. As teachers we are supposed to be mandatory notifiers of child abuse.

UN warns Australia on Nauru kids

The UN refugee agency says it's greatly concerned by the Australian High Court's decision which could pave the way for children to be deported to Nauru.

Aid agency misconduct claims may not stand up

Doubt has been cast on evidence used by the immigration department to kick nine staff from aid agency Save the Children, who were working with asylum seekers, out of Nauru.

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I...