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Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

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COVID is here to stay

As a medical doctor of 30 years, and citizen, I have watched the last 18 months with confusion. Initially...

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.

Happy for me to die?

Narada Vantari, I am over 70, have a pre-existing inherited condition, (no amount of healthy living could have avoided...

Teacher shortage hitting schools across NSW

With the mandatory vaccination date getting closer, the NSW Teachers Federation says there is already a shortage of teachers.

Wise practice

For all the travels of the world, cultural habits are slow to share. The Japanese sneeze and cough into...


Modelling the billions of connections within the human body to determine illness? Modelling one individual’s billions of connections to...

Stories about "rates":

Ballina Council debates waiving Seagulls debt

The matter of over $15,000 owing to Ballina Shire Council by the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League for unpaid rates was discussed at council's last meeting.

Vacant land, not homes, to be auctioned over unpaid rates – Lismore

If you don’t pay your rates to the council then they can sell your property. In August last year Lismore City Council (LCC) announced that 15 properties would be sold at auction to recover unpaid rates, some with overdue rates of up to $42,000.

Any size house on any size lot in Tweed under discussion

The debate on the potential to allow dual occupancies to be built on small rural properties in Tweed Shire rested on the vote of...

Lismore rate rise on the agenda

An extraordinary meeting of Lismore Council is being held on Tuesday June 19 and will look at approving a pegged rate rise.

Byron ratepayers hit with hefty rise

Byron Shire Council yesterday voted for a 7.5 per cent rates hike over four years, yet the actual increase across residential, commercial and farmland is yet to be thrashed out.

The monster Byron rate rise

Jens Krause, Byron Bay. Byron shire councillors are held on a short leash. Complex financial information released only a few days before a crucial meeting to decide the financial future of the shire and the potential ruin of individuals. Scrutinizing undesirable, the general manager's word is the gospel.

Byron shire’s 60 per cent rates hike way too much

Asren Pugh, acting secretary, Byron Labor. Over the last few weeks Byron Labor has called for residents across the shire to let our local councilors know that we do not support a 60 per cent increase to our rates.

Byron shire’s rate rise angst

Louise Andrews, Byron Bay. I have just completed the Byron Shire Council survey on the Special Rate Variation. The last section asking for a rating of options was confusing.

LIsmore rates look set to rise again

The Lismore City Council will tomorrow night consider its annual operational plan, which includes rate increases of $140 for urban ratepayers.

Green levy ‘just a big roads tax’

Luis Feliu A move to look into imposing a $14 annual ‘environmental’ levy on Tweed ratepayers has been slammed as ‘a great big roads tax’...

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety of hats. Jon Summers, Suffolk Park

The year 2000

I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong? Why...


Viruses are organisms at the edge of life and possess genes, evolve by natural selection, and reproduce by creating multiple copies of themselves through...