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Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

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Letters – 1 February 2023

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.

Witches in the Starcourt

A new year is here! It’s a time for women all over the region to pick up their brooms and set their witchy intentions for 2023. There is no finer time and place to do it than with your Country Witches, comedian Mandy Nolan and singer/songwriter Áine Tyrrell. 

Better outcomes start with teachers who believe in inclusive education

For all students – particularly those with additional needs – a teacher who doesn't believe in inclusive education can be harmful.

$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a...

Trove runs out of funding in June. How will the loss of the service affect Australian and Pacific research?

Most of Trove’s 22 million annual page visits come from members of the public: family historians, students, and general browsers interested in the six billion records it houses. But over the past 14 years, the archive has also become a crucial resource for academic work.

Stories about "New Brighton beach":

More wildlife please

When a wallaby loped across the dirt road, my heart leapt. It used to be common to spot wallabies cavorting on the beach at...

New Brighton lifeguard a community work of art

They keep telling us to reduce, reuse, and recycle and as a result of community imagination and fun New Brighton has a new lifeless lifeguard on the beach.

Dogs attack wallaby at New Brighton

Unrestrained dogs on the beach are chasing and injuring wildlife at New Brighton Beach.

Swimmer rescued from Brunswick rip

A lunchtime swim nearly ended in disaster on Monday after a woman was caught in a powerful rip before being rescued by lifeguards north of Brunswick Heads.

Tread lightly on the dunes this summer

Plantings and seeding work has been undertaken by Byron Shire Council recently in the New Brighton dunes following beach scraping works earlier this year.

Recalling Bob Bellear, a man of firsts

With suggestions now being taken for renaming the North Ocean Shores sports field, The Echo profiles a Billinudgel lad who became Australia’s first Indigenous judge to be appointed to the District Court of NSW.

New Brighton’s free community sports

Launching the free weekly beach sports mornings, Zero to Hero event will be held at the Tom Kendall Oval in New Brighton on Saturday July 16. The sports mornings are taking place twice a week on the beach in New Brighton and all the community are welcome.

What about rock walls for New Brighton & Sth Golden?

L Cronin, Billinudgel. We residents of the northern end of the shire watch in disbelief as council prepares to pour our dwindling financial resources into bottomless rock holes in a vain attempt to protect a few properties at Belongil, while turning a blind eye to the perilous situation facing far more properties at New Brighton and South Golden Beach.

Polluting parties on New Brighton beach

Daniela Boerner, Ocean Shores. The other day my mum an I were walking along New Brighton Beach towards the North Wall. What we discovered on our way was really disappointing and shocking. Two mountains of rubbish probably of a weekend party on the beach 40 metres from the beach entrance.

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is potentially misleading. A council’s total...

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’