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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

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Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

Celebrating 12 years of liberating food for those in need

Liberation Larder is located on Fletcher St Byron Bay behind the community centre and was founded in 2009 by Venerable Honu, a Buddhist nun, who recognised there were many people in our community struggling to make ends meet. 

Vaccine passports

David Warth, Byron Bay Vaccine passports, aka certificates, are now sitting in the wings waiting to be taken up by state...

Nurses and midwives rally during Health Inquiry in Lismore

Nurses and midwives will be holding lunchtime rallies across the Northern Rivers calling for nurse-to-patient ratios and highlighting widespread issues being exposed at the rural health inquiry, which is due to hear submissions today in Lismore.

Vaccinations

Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may...

Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

Stories about "plastic bags":

No more plastic bags from Mullum Woolies

Some 12 Woolworths stores throughout the country, including Mullumbimby, will stop offering single-use plastic bags as of today. Woolies will join a range of shops in Mullum that have already stopped offering the polluting products.

Supermarkets take up plastic free challenge, but not state govt

Australia’s grocery giants Coles and Woolworths announced within hours of each other, that they will be phasing out single-use plastic bags

‘Plastic Free Boy’ aims to save the turtles

Taking to the airwaves, speaking at film festivals and appearing on TV are just some of the experiences that Arlian Ecker’s is having as he makes his film ‘Plastic Alarm’ that raises awareness of the dangers of plastic in the ocean.

Lismore to consider motion to ban plastic bags

The Lismore City Council will this evening decide whether to support the growing local government movement to ban single use plastic bags.

An ode to the odious plastic bag

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby. When they introduced free shopping bags made out of plastic use them once, then bin them, environmentally drastic.

Byron Mermaids aim to ban plastic bags

A group of Byron shire women calling themselves the Byron Mermaids have begun sewing reusable shopping bags in an effort to reduce the use of plastic bags and held a rally recently calling on the state government to ban plastic bags in NSW.

Mermaids rally to ban single use plastic bags

A contingent of ocean goddesses will swim ashore at Byron Bay's Main Beach on Friday to highlight the devastation that single use plastic bags have on marine ecology.

Greens introduce legislation to ban plastic bags

Legislation to ban single use plastic bags has been introduced into both houses of NSW Parliament. Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Greens Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi yesterday introduced the bills in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment, including the marine environment.

Ballina rescue group backs ban on plastic bags

Keith Williams of Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina still remembers Grace, the 45 centimetre sea turtle that died from swallowing a plastic bag. In memory of Grace, and countless other sea creatures, the service is backing a push to ban plastic bags.

Toxic plastic bags and consumers

K. Sharples, Tweed Heads. Whilst holidaying recently in Tasmania I was confronted with the conundrum of whether or not to pay 15 cents per plastic bag for my purchases. Unfortunately no such decision is required on the mainland.

‘Technically no longer human’ – can mRNA COVID-19 vaccines meld with your DNA?

It’s becoming increasingly common to see social media posts claiming that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which include those made by Pfizer and Moderna, could alter a person’s DNA.

Lantern parade and fiery finish a blast

With just under 5,000 people including performers, workers, schools and volunteers, the 2021 Lismore Lantern Parade and accompanying festival was a sold-out event celebrating light.

Art headed for the bin after Lismore competition

Making rubbish look great is the outcome of a resent art competition in Lismore – Indigenous art, koalas, rainbows, bats and lorikeets all feature in artwork that will soon be printed onto new bins in Carrington Street.

Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.