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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...

Helping Benny help Marsha’s battle with cancer

If you live on the Far North Coast and you don’t know who Benny Zable is, then you haven’t ‘lived’ on the Far North Coast.

Election week sees Vanessa Ekins doing her blocky

Enjoying a few precious minutes break in an election week is a real luxury and Lismore mayoral candidate and current Mayor Vanessa Ekins managed to fit an Echo interview in between her TAFE Auslan course and the pre-poll station on Woodlark Street.

Public school teachers across the region are on strike today

Hundreds of public school teachers and principals across the Northern Rivers will strike today )(Tuesday December 7) over what they say is the Government’s failure to address unsustainable workloads and uncompetitive salaries which are contributing to growing shortages of teachers. 

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

Barrio in Good Food Guide

Congratulations to our local favourite restaurant Barrio Eatery & Bar, who has just been named as ‘one of Byron’s...

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NSW Govt buys PEL 445

The state government has spent $1 million buying back Dart Energy's coal-seam gas licence PEL 445, which covers a large part of the northern rivers, despite only having renewed the licence in December last year.

CSG buyback scheme extended by 90 days

The state government has announced it has extended the controversial CSG Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) buyback scheme by three months, with energy minister Anthony Roberts saying he was in 'extended negotiations' with a number of licence-holders.

Midnight reached with no CSG buyback in sight

Last night a group of Knitting Nannas camped out in front of Thomas George’s office demanding to know if the coalition government had succeeded in buying back the controversial PEL 445 CSG licence, to no avail.

Dart Energy’s north-coast CSG licence renewed

Labor and the Greens have slammed the state government's six-year renewal of Dart Energy's CSG exploration licence on the north coast, although campaigners have welcomed some concessions.

Page ‘a hypocrite’ on CSG says MP Elliot

Retiring Ballina MP Don Page’s final speech to NSW parliament in which he pushed for his electorate to be coal-seam gas (CSG) free has been seized on by federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot who slammed it as ‘absolute hypocrisy’.

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...