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More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

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Corruption and waste

For many years the corrupt behaviour of our State politicians has been front and centre at the ICAC. Eddie...

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

Power goes out on the Far North Coast

Essential Energy says that just over 21,000 homes and businesses on the Far North Coast were affected by unplanned outages on Saturday night, following the severe storms that swept through the region.

Firefighters receive lifetime membership

During the 2019–20 Black Summer fires, we were reminded what a vital and important role the volunteers of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) play both in fighting fires, and bringing the community together. 

Today is International Day of People with Disability

This language trend around People With a Disability has tended to emphasise the disability rather than the person, which can lead to derogatory labelling, depersonalisation or impersonal, collective references.

Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are...

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Ben Franklin returns to the NSW upper house

Ben Franklin has returned to the upper house of the NSW parliament after he lost his bid to enter the lower house at the last election.

Lismore rally as international organisations call for local action

Cascading international reports calling for action on climate change and 'that nature is in dangerous decline and the species extinction rates are accelerating' are leading to local action including this Saturday's rally in Lismore by Gasfield Free Northern Rivers.

Roundup of lower house seats in the Northern Rivers

Considering the way the northern NSW electorates of Lismore and Ballina voted, many local voters were disappointed to see the Liberal/National coalition re-elected for four more years in the recent NSW election.

Environment and preferencing key to winning seat of Lismore

The seat of Lismore changed hands from the Nationals to Labor in the recent NSW state elections with two key elements coming into play to create the shift.

NSW Labor distributes ‘fake’ Greens flyers in last ditch bid for votes

Hundreds of flyers that appear to be from The Greens but are in fact an attack on the party have been placed in local letter boxes by NSW Labor.

Koalas, energy, Murray-Darling – how do the parties stack up?

The Nature Conservation have given the three major parties running in the NSW election a quick report card on the major issues that their constituents are most concerned about and the Liberal Party are not happy.

Sustainable Australia calls to redefine the norm

Those who have read the 2017 book Game of Mates may be interested to know that one of its authors, Cameron Murray, is running as a QLD Senate candidate for the Sustainable Australia Party.

Unrestricted holiday letting to continue regardless of election result: AirBnB

Short-term holiday letting giant AirBnB has told members they will be able to continue letting virtually without restriction no matter who wins this Saturday’s state election.

Editorial: Let’s all hold our noses and vote

The Party Animals (oops, the Animal Justice Party) candidate Cathy Blasonato admitted at the meet the candidates forum on Monday that she didn’t really want to get elected.

Ballina Nationals candidate fails to reply to resident survey

All state candidates have replied to detailed yes or no questions regarding local planning issues except Ben Franklin (Nationals).

Serious crash – Alstonville

A man is in hospital following a single-vehicle crash in Alstonville on Tuesday afternoon.

Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

Around half of the potential votes have been counted in the Tweed Shire Council which have seen a surge in support for Liberal councillor James Owen.

COVID case sends Mullum High teachers and students into isolation

Mullumbimby High School has had a case of COVID-19 confirmed with all staff and students requested to self isolate.

Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11 per cent of the total...