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Byron Bay Surf Festival 

Surfers, beach lovers, water people – owing to COVID- related complications, the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival has moved...

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Concerns over future of Murwillumbah Hospital

Northern NSW Local Health District have sought to reassure locals that facilities won't be downgraded or closed at Murwillumbah Hospital when the controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen near Kingscliff opens in 2023.

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Mud benda rant

Regarding last week’s Splendour Festival and all the ‘haters’ out there. I took along a few seriously fun-deprived teenage...

Good start to season for Byron Beez basketballers

Byron Bay basketballers have started the season strongly with the women picking up a win, and a narrow loss,...

Mullum pods

First, Hans Lovejoy’s article ‘emergency wedged’ was educational, factual and provided valuable information to the community. Michele Grant’s letter...

Mullum locals protest flood-prone pod site

Around 40–50 locals gathered outside the Byron Shire Council chambers this morning to highlight the risks of, and lack of due process around, the selection of the flood accommodation pod site in Mullumbimby.

Stories about "pesticides":

Pesticide misuse sees Brooklet macca farmer’s appeal lost in court

The NSW Land and Environment Court has upheld the conviction and sentence imposed on the owner and operator of a macadamia farm in Brooklet in northern NSW.

Truth

Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing...

Misuse of pesticides

Councillor Basil Cameron told The Echo that the recent use of pesticides on rural roads against Council policy has been confirmed.

Are macadamia farmers poisoning us?

Anthony Stante, Coorabell. Some five years ago now, my Lismore doctor diagnosed my serious melanoma. Then a specialist surgeon cut the serious melanoma from my...

Byron aims for chemical-free weed control

Byron Shire Council voted last week to aim to go chemical-free within the next five years in a new shire-wide weed/pest management policy.

Towards chemical-free public spaces

Ellen White, Georgica. In Canada, nine out of 10 provinces and over 170 municipalities restrict or ban the use of pesticides in public spaces, in some cases extending this to schools, crèches, hospitals, etc.

Herbicide runoff to reef cut by 90 per cent in new experiment

An innovative new approach to sugarcane plantation weed management trialled in select Great Barrier Reef catchments have shown a 90 per cent reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways.

Help needed to eradicate Bitou bush

Iris Ray Nunn, Byron Bay. In late August a group of concerned locals, some of whom are experts in bush regeneration, occupied the coastal dunes north of Byron Bay and stopped the aerial spraying of chemicals that are used to kill Bitou bush.

Finding the fine art

Bangalow Fine Art are boutique art dealers and valuers who hold quarterly online exhibitions of interesting and important pieces of Australian and international art. The...

Mirabelle’s game 

A magical quest is taking place in Lismore Quad from August 15–23. Deep underground, right beneath the town (and unknown to the human inhabitants...

Local pasta, sauces, eggs and custard!

Victoria Cosford There’s a steady stream of customers at Jodie’s stall. Regulars by the looks of it, most unclipping their plastic containers – 100 per...

Halcyon House and Paper Daisy

Simon Haslam A stylish boutique beachfront hotel with bespoke rooms, its own day spa, a beautiful pool and a laidback but upmarket restaurant, with an...