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Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

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New SES Zone Commander for the north

The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has appointed a new Zone Commander for the northern part of the state.

Protecting biodiversity will take more than just the ‘30×30’ target

A 2019 UN report Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ found that ‘nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history’.

Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Connecting youth at the Quad

Connect Northern Rivers will be hosting a youth-focused event at the Lismore Quad on Wednesday, 8 February from 3.30...

Sydney’s hottest men in their brand-new show – live on stage at Mullum Ex-services

Welcome to the best hen’s night, bachelorette party or ultimate Girls’ night out. Get frocked up and come out for a girl’s night out, with strippers from London, Vegas, Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney. The current Sydney Hotshots show includes some of the sexiest men on stage.

Ballina hosts Far North Coast swimming carnival

The Ballina RSL Swimming Club combined with Grafton and hosted the Far North Coast Zone Carnival at the Ballina...

Stories about "recovery":

Trees Not Bombs gone but not forgotten

On Friday evening the space that was home for the Trees Not Bombs recovery café stood empty of its tent, pots and pans, makeshift kitchen sink and cups of tea and cake, but the most noticeable absence was the smiles and support of the volunteers.

Wardell CORE changing face of service to community

Wardell's Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) is planning a community event on Saturday to celebrate the way their local community has pulled through the flooding disaster.

Mayoral minute to be debated in Ballina

Today Ballina Shire Council is meeting for the first time since the flood crisis which devastated the Northern Rivers. Ballina's Mayor Sharon Cadwallader has flagged her intention to introduce a multi-faceted mayoral minute this morning.

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith on recovery

In the wake of a flurry of announcements across the Northern Rivers from federal and state government MPs, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has spoken to The Echo about some of the crucial issues.

Alstonville offers refuge to Lismore dancers

Dance students from Karen Ireland's Dance Centre, which went underwater in the Lismore floods, have been temporarily offered a place to continue their training, at Alstonville Dance Studio.

Labor MPs visit Mullumbimby over housing crisis

With many in the Northern Rivers coming to terms with how much worse the already desperate housing crisis is after the floods, today the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Jason Clare, and Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, were in Mullumbimby to speak to Byron Shire Councillors about finding a way forward.

Owners hoping to reopen Lismore Central shopping centre

After being inundated by the worst floods in Lismore's history, the owners of Lismore Central Shopping Centre, CA Property Group, say they are continuing to support their retail partners and the wider community.

As the waters rose, so did the warriors of the land

We get to the house at around 9.30am – a local dad named James, a softly spoken young surfer named Kye, and me...

Flood recovery centre opens today in Mullumbimby

Resilience NSW has announced they will open a dedicated Flood Recovery Centre in Mullumbimby today at the Mullum Civic Hall.

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.