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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

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Prime community asset up for sale in Ballina

NORTEC is selling off the last of its Ballina community assets, the former BETC (Ballina Employment and Training Centre) head office at 10 Endeavour Close, in the Southern Cross Industrial Estate.

Govt washes hands over NORTEC sell-off

Craig Laundy, the federal minister responsible for business-incubator programs, has absolved himself from any responsibility regarding NORTEC's decision to sell off incubator sites and axe its programs.

Moving on from NORTEC: new business incubation for Mullum

The new business incubation site in Mullumbimby will be run by Sourdough. They have an information session coming up on Wednesday, 21 February at the Mullumbimby Innovation Hub.

Small businesses continue to suffer under NORTEC

Small businesses in Mullumbimby who were recently evicted by the government-funded ‘solutions provider’ NORTEC three weeks before Christmas are asking why CLIC, who will be taking over the site from NORTEC, can’t let them stay on.

NORTEC losses may explain sell-offs

It has come to light that NORTEC has recoded significant business losses during the last few years shedding more light on the motivations behind their recent withdrawal from programs they have been funded to provide both in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina shires.

MP Justine Elliot questions sale of small incubator sites by NORTEC

Justine Elliot, Labor’s federal member for Richmond has made urgent representation to the minister for jobs and innovation over NORTECs termination of leases for the small businesses at their three small business incubator sites and the sale of the Goonellabah and Byron Bay sites.

NORTEC now dumps training those most in need

Employment and training provider NORTEC have recently withdrawn the government funded outreach program aimed at providing language, literacy and numeracy training to help people access employment and training opportunities.

NORTEC incubators hit the market as original investor ‘shocked at tactics’

NORTEC has now listed the Byron Bay small-business incubator site for sale through a local real estate as a ‘very rare opportunity to purchase a substantial holding in an area of low vacancy and high demand.’

NORTEC won’t properly compensate businesses

NORTEC is refusing to extend time for small business to find new locations over Christmas, yet it continues to itself as small a business supporter.

NORTEC pulls the rug from under local startup businesses

NORTEC claims to be ‘creating opportunity and inspiring the future’ and that they are able to provide ‘small-business solutions’ but they have demonstrated that supporting and inspiring is not at the top of their list of priorities – at least not for the small businesses they were supposed to be supporting in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Goonellabah.

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.