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Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in...

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The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

A festival in laneways

Mullumbimby, a town known for its abundance of artists and creatives with a passion for what drives them, is set to host the much-anticipated Laneways Festival 2024 on May 4 and 5.

Man saved by Marine Rescue NSW after vessel capsized on Bruns Bar

A rapid response by Marine Rescue Brunswick volunteers has saved a man’s life after his 4.9 metre boat rolled on Brunswick Bar this morning.

Ballina Greens announce ticket for 2024

Aiming to build on their two existing councillors, the Ballina Greens have announced their team of candidates for the upcoming Ballina Shire Council elections, set for 14 September this year.

What’s happening in the rainforest’s Understory?

Springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays, Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre.

A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Mal Lanyon brought back to lead the NSW Reconstruction Authority again

After seven months current CEO of the NSW Reconstruction Authority (NSW RA), Simon Draper, will step aside and NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon will once again step into the role

Failing system creates more trauma for flood victims

Don’t ask me how my house is. Please. This question brings forth an escalated spike in my nervous system, and a sense of panic and dread.

Reconstruction Authority yet to answer questions

The new CEO of the Reconstruction Authority, Simon Draper, is yet to answer questions put to him by The Echo, despite many weeks of promises from his latest communications manager that they would be.

Homeless housing or worker housing on Tweed Council owned land?

Tweed Shire Councillors were presented with the challenge of deciding between worker accommodation or homeless accommodation when they made a decision on the future...

Calls for accountability on flood response

With the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation now subsumed into the newly formed Reconstruction Authority, there still remains confusion and uncertainty from flood-affected residents who were promised funding. 

Where’s the accountability with flood funding?

Can the public have confidence that federal flood recovery and resilience programs will actually deliver, given the state government’s botched roll-out of flood assistance via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation.

Request for stamp duty waiver for flood-affected residents denied

A local flood-affected resident contacted The Echo around their disappointment that a request was denied by the NSW Labor government to have stamp duty waived on new purchases for flood victims who were saying ‘yes’ to a buyback.

2022 flood disaster recovery a disaster – community calling for reset

It is time for the NSW government to listen to the northern rivers community about what they need to achieve their recovery from the...

No consultation with new planning body

The NSW Reconstruction Authority has released a draft document, Protocols – exercise of powers and functions under the NSW Reconstruction Authority Act 2022, outlining its powers to act in relation to promoting ‘community resilience to the impact of disasters in NSW’. 

More misleading statements from NRRC

Last week, the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was subsumed into the NSW Reconstruction Authority, which is ‘dedicated to disaster prevention, preparedness, recovery, and...

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.

REDinc’s new Performing Arts Centre is go!

It’s been a long wait, but two years on from the 2022 flood REDinc in Lismore have announced the official opening of a new Performing Arts Centre.

Not enough letters like this about Gaza in The Echo?

The Echo’s studied indifference to the plight of the Palestinians and its reluctance to publish letters on the subject reveals the moral fibre of...