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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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Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

Red Devils beat Evans Head playing finals footy

The Byron Bay Red Devils premiership rugby league side won their qualifying final at home against Evans Head 32–30,...

Byron Council to vote on major flood recovery works  

Major drainage enhancements in flood-affected areas, and the employment of a Council officer to help residents rebuild and return to their homes, are among a raft of measures proposed by Byron Council under the latest round of disaster funding.

Bundjalung Nghari – contemporary Bundjalung stories 

Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise features Rhoda Roberts AO and words by Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Ella Noah Bancroft, Daniel...

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.

Concerns mount for Epiq Superlot 5

Submissions have closed on the controversial change of development plan for the large block at the corner of Snapper and Montwood Drive in Lennox Head, with Ballina Shire Council, Ballina MP Tamara Smith and local councillor Kiri Dicker all opposed.

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Assange doco preview in Mullum tonight

Father of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, John Shipton, will be in Mullumbimby this evening for a preview of a film documenting his campaign for the Australian journalist’s freedom.

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Father of Julian Assange to speak on the Northern Rivers this week

Northern Rivers residents can hear Mr Shipton in person at the Courthouse Hotel this Tuesday, May 4, from 7pm as part of the monthly Turning Point Talks.

Media freedom laws welcomed by Law Council   

A law advocacy group has welcomed key recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in its review of press freedom.

Aussie media demands #RightToKnow

Australians are worried the government is becoming less transparent on key public issues including the misuse of personal data, public funds spent on political campaigns, immigration and climate change. Locally, the Byron Shire Council and the Byron Hospital has similar examples of blocking public access to information.

NSW Labor MP calls for legalised cannabis, abortion

NSW Labor MLC Rose Jackson calls for for marijuana to be legalised and the legalisation of abortion in Parliament.

Saffin champions press freedom

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin wasted no time in defending the freedom of the press earlier this month.

Free press and the public right to know

The recent raids on journalist Anninka Smethurst and the ABC highlighted the lack of protection for both whistleblowers and the journalists who bring to light the actions of governments.

ASIC register sale a blow to investigative journalism

Professor David Weisbrot AM, chair, Australian Press Council.  Investigative journalism in Australia has suffered repeated blows in recent times, with overly broad anti-terrorism laws potentially...

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...