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Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

Basketball camp for youth mental health

Recently the ASK Youth team was in action at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre, delivering the 'Optimise Me' basketball camp to a large group of local kids.

Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

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.

Mullumbimby rail corridor deals behind closed doors

With no consultation with either the Mullum Chamber of Commerce, the town’s residents association or the community at large, Byron Council and the NSW Liberal-Nationals have announced a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to develop the town’s disused railway land.

It’s not the fossils, it’s the fools 

Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.

Stories about "recycled water":

Council steps up with recycled water connections 

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay has connected to recycled water for its toilet facilities and garden irrigation, say Byron Council, ‘which will save an estimated four million litres a year from the region’s drinking water supply’. 

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They...

Ballina’s recycled water essential part of future water planning

At today’s Ballina Shire Council meeting Councillor Jeff Johnson is proposing that the council review the current level of recycled water use across the shire.

The ‘new gold’-diggers: water ‘miners’, desperate farmers and thirsty councils

As local governments across the Northern Rivers announce increased water restrictions, more regional politicians are backing an end to water extraction for the bottled water industry.

Turning on the tap to infinite, clean water

Undoubtedly one of the biggest issues facing humans on the planet is access to clean, drinkable water. Especially for those in developing countries, where even groundwater is becoming more and more polluted from ever-growing intense industrialisation.

Ballina turns 900 homes on to recycled water

More than 900 properties within Ferngrove, River Oaks, Ballina Heights housing estates and North Ballina are now connected to recycled water.

Ballina turns on the tap to provide recycled water

The Ballina Shire Council has begun delivering recycled water to 160 new houses around Lennox Head and is hoping to increase that number to 7200 homes across the Ballina Shire. The council will hold an open day at the Lennox Head Wastewater Plant on Saturday.

Lennox Head set for ‘groundbreaking’ recycled water service

In what Ballina Shire Council believes is a first for regional NSW, a groundbreaking recycled water service is set to begin at Lennox Head in July.

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

Dr Firth questions arborists' valuation of a paperbark tree to be removed for Kingscliff development and says the council needs to 'establish a reasonable standard of tree valuation'. 

Remembering the latest victim of domestic violence, killed by a man on bail

I granted bail to men who then killed. I refused bail to several who did not last 24 hours behind bars – shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned in their own vomit.

Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

A much-loved fig tree next to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been saved from destruction – for now – by the quick thinking of a local activist.