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Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

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I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Riverland Wine: A hidden gem

  Julz Recsei* As I navigate the vast world of wine, I am constantly looking for something new and I found...

Kingscliff’s new ambulance station won’t be on State Significant Farmland

Concerns over the new Kingscliff Ambulance station being placed on State Significant Farmland were raised following the announcement of funding for the new ambulance station by Health Minister Brad Hazzard earlier this month.

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

Independent councillor calls for online voting

A manageable and easy-to-navigate system was necessary, Cr Allsop said, one that allowed 'equal presence for all candidates'.

Navigating through laws around business lockdowns

This is the full version from the edited down July 28, 2021 Echo print edition: A flyer circulating within the...

Stories about "pokies":

Ballina MP Tamara Smith speaks about community, and more of the issues close to her heart

In the second part of this two part series, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith discusses more of the issues that are important to her, and the Ballina community.

Kickin’ the Punt launch first major documentary

As part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week, Ballina-based gambling reform group Kickin' The Punt has just released its first major film on YouTube.

Kickin’ the Punt responds to proposed NSW pokie reforms

Ben Hamilton from Ballina-based gambling reform group Kickin' the Punt has reacted to NSW Minister Victor Dominello's proposal of a gambling card to be used by gamblers in poker machine venues.

Kickin’ the Punt launches GoFundMe for films

Ballina-based anti-pokies organisation Kickin' The Punt has launched a new GoFundMe campaign to bring gambling stories to the screen.

Greens: Shut down pokies and gambling rooms

Gambling spokesperson and Greens MP Cate Faehrmann Greens MP says gambling and pokies pose an unacceptable risk during COVID-19 and should be shut down immediately.

Pokie venues punished for unethical practices

Woolworths-owned Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group has been ordered to pay $172,000 after they were found to be illegally providing free alcohol to gamblers. Two of its hotels in the Northern Rivers were banned from operating their pokies for two weeks.

Ben Hamilton kickin’ the punt in Ballina

Ballina tradie and pokie survivor Ben Hamilton has kicked off a new anti-poker machine organisation in the Northern Rivers of NSW, called Kickin' The Punt.

My life was saved by COVID-19

A Far North Coast woman says her life was saved when COVID-19 caused the closures of her local club and her access to the pokies.

AJP calls for horse racing royal commission while pokie profits rise

‘America has a gun problem, Australia has a gambling problem,’ says former Animal Justice Party candidate for Ballina and Northern Rivers based animal rights advocate Cathy Blasonato.

Time for action to reduce gambling harm-related suicides

It’s time the federal and state governments in Australia recognised gambling harm as a serious public health issue, Alliance for Gambling Reform spokesman, the Rev Tim Costello, says on this World Suicide Prevention Day.

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

Storylines: Growing hope

Hope is a fragile thing in 2021. With the current pandemic and the uncertainty in so many aspects of life, our hope is being shadowed by fear. It is profoundly affecting our humanity.

Northern Rivers responds to cal for COVID-19 testing

Following the flight of a COVID positive traveller from Sydney to Ballina and the detection of COVID fragments in the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) both locals and visitors have responded to calls for more testing in the region.

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.