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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to...

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

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’...

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.