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State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

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Lismore’s plateau Lizard will sleep no more

The last time the Lismore Mayor and Councillor met in the Goonellabah chambers, there was a historic decision to hand back culturally sensitive land to the local Indigenous people. In a sequel to the fate of the Lismore plateau, traditionally known as the Sleeping Lizard, the outcome was a little differen

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

We’ve heard that rising temperatures will lead to rising sea levels, but what many may not realise is that most of the increase in energy in the climate system is occurring in the ocean.  

Free beer is a Furphy for double-jabbed drinkers

Geelong born and brewed, Furphy plans to reward double-jabbed Australians with a free glass of Furphy when pub and club doors safely reopen.

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

West Ballina and Chinderah casual contact COVID locations

Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have transited through the Northern Rivers this week with casual contact sites at both West Ballina and Chinderah.

Confirmed COVID-19 case in Goonellabah

A local case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Lismore area.

Stories about "Queensland NSW border closure":

No border bubble for NSW–Qld border – restrictions outlined

Eleven local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland have now been identified as areas of concern in relation to COVID-19.

Call for NSW and Qld to simplify border passes

According to NSW Health if you live in one of the Northern NSW border communities and need to go to Queensland and then come back into NSW you are required to go into 14 days isolation

Queensland–NSW border inclusion zone extended

As of 1am this morning, Thursday, 1 October, 2020 the border inclusion zone in NSW has been extended.

Calls for Qld government to come to the construction table

Labor is calling for the NSW Liberal-National party led government to provide $45 million COVID-19 grant program for the North Coast while the Master Builders Association (MBA) is calling for the Queensland Premier to come to the negotiation table.

Tourism thriving as borders remain closed

Despite the significant impacts of the border closure on our local health and construction sectors, our tourism and retail economies appear to be performing solidly.

QLD border closure has $150m impact on building industry

Border closures are having significant impacts on different industries in the Northern Rivers with the construction industry suffering on multiple fronts while the tourist industry appears to be bouncing back to seme degree.

Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student at Goonellabah Public School testing...

Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.