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Go Thistles!

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

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We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

Capitalism

Warren Kennedy wrote an excellent letter last week (28 January) pointing out the deficiencies of capitalism as it exists...

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

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.

Vinnies

What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is...

60 farmers blockaded Santos trucks and oppose CSG

More than 60 farmers blockaded Santos trucks on Saturday and police were called to a state forest near Gunnedah amid disputes over potential water extraction and fracking.

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Skennars Head development gets go-ahead

The Northern Regional Planning Panel has ‘electronically’ approved a contentious 229-lot housing estate at Sharpes Beach, Skennars Head, after reserving a decision at its December meeting.

Byron GM responds to criticism of planning staff

Byron Shire Council’s general manager Mark Arnold has defended staff against claims made by a local journalist about their responses to a range of major planning issues.

JRPP defers decision on West Byron development

The JRPP has deferred a decision on the controversial ‘local’ development application for West Byron, potentially leaving the matter to be decided by the Land and Environment Court.

Communication breakdown over West Byron planning meeting

A Joint Regional Planning Panel public meeting on West Byron will be held before the panel receives feedback from Byron Shire Council or any of the thousands of public submissions.

West Byron public hearings, June 19

Put this in your diary: public submissions for the two contentious and large West Byron developments will be held before the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel at the Mullumbimby Council chambers on June 19.

Last chance to have your say on Byron’s massive new suburb

With public submissions closing tomorrow (March 29) for a massive new suburb in Byron Bay, local state Greens MP Tamara Smith delivered 76 West Byron public submissions to Byron Shire Council on Friday.

Bangalow food hub meeting planned August 17

A public meeting has been called by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to hear from the public over a large-scale development proposed...

Tweed City redevelopment gets go-ahead

The Joint Regional Planning Panel yesterday approved an at-times controversial expansion plan for the Tweed City shopping mall in South Tweed Heads.

Tweed tourist-park plan knocked back

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has rejected a controversial proposal for a $30 million tourist park of 355 units, some up to three storeys, at Tweed Heads South.

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.’

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.