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NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

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Veteran big band sounds coming to Ballina

The Royal Australian Navy Veterans Band is coming to Ballina RSL on Thursday, with a concert raising funds for the Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund, by donation. They will be joined by the Royal Australian Navy Band, from Sydney, for what will be a big sound in a great cause.

Secrecy surrounds govt’s Reconstruction Corp

Echo questions remain unanswered around the advisory board appointments for the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation, which the NSW government says will help with ‘rebuilding flood-affected Northern Rivers’. 

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...

Council: Goonellabah park not available for pods

Tuesday’s debate in the Lismore Council chambers was mostly about the community’s need for open, green space for sport and recreation balanced against the need for places to live.

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...

A little lift

After the loss of our public road during the February 28 deluge, some isolated residents have had to rely...

Stories about "Pilliga Forest":

Tweed woman locks onto truck at Pilliga CSG plant

A 52-year-old woman from Tweed Heads has locked herself under a worker’s truck at the Santos Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri in the Pilliga forest, holding up work for the day.

Traditional custodians lock-on at CSG wastewater plant

While people in the northern rivers are still celebrating the region’s new gasfield free status, two Gamilaraay traditional custodians from Moree are battling CSG company Santos using the same techniques that helped win the battle here.

North coasters join Pilliga CSG protest as women lock on the gates

Anti-CSG campaigners from the northern rivers have joined an escalated protest against coal-seam gas mining in the Pilliga Forest at which two Coonabarabran women locked themselves by their necks to the gates of two sites near Narrabri owned by miner, Santos, at the weekend.

Santos mothballs Pilliga CSG project

CSG miner Santos has admitted it will be ‘the back-end of the decade’ before it actions its controversial project in the Pilliga State Forest, despite an agreement it signed with the state government last February to fast-track it.

Santos resumes CSG work in Pilliga forest

A Coonabarabran mother of three yesterday single-handedly stopped bulldozers in the Pilliga forest in northwest New South Wales where gas giant Santos has begun work for its latest round of coal seam gas exploratory drilling.

EPA investigates Santos CSG ponds

The Envrionment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating possible leaks from Santos coal seam gas wastewater storage ponds, this time within 8km of the town...

Farmers lock on at Bentley

The Bentley blockade against gas mining on the north coast has ramped up with a group of local farmers on Saturday 'locking on' to an installation at the gate to the property Metgasco plans to drill its gas well.

Here & Now #49

It’s quiet out here among the fields of sorghum that flood these fertile flatlands. Occasional hills dot this broadacre sea like islands. Here and there, a farmhouse marks its turf with a shade tree and sheds. It’s lovely. But there’s a coal mine, so farmers are being forced to move off their land as the mines grow.

Anti-CSG farmer between a truck and a hard place

Farmer Ted Borowski spent a day between a truck and a hard place as part of a blockade of coal seam gas trucks in northwest NSW.

Lock the Gate slams CSG ‘betrayal’

The Lock the Gate Alliance has described the NSW government’s decision to sign a memorandum of understanding to designate the controversial Narrabri gas project...

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I...