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Lismore Women’s Festival cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that is sweeping NSW and other states in Australia the Lismore Women’s Festival has been cancelled.

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No by-elections during this Tweed Council term

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Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays it on the line for the unvaccinated

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Lismore Council chooses costly by-election over ‘countback’ if a council position becomes vacant

New Councillor Big Rob took to the floor of the Lismore Council chambers during the first council meeting (Tuesday...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe...

Stories about "rock walls":

The man whose house fell into the sea

Meet Dr Garry Egger. When his neighbours built a rock wall, his house fell into the sea. Coincidentally Dr Egger was in town last week when Council voted in favour of constructing the disputed wall.

Rail lines and rock piles

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores. It's great to see the Greens are proposing the aerial survey of the disused Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

Sol’s ‘folly’ will cost community

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay Sol Ibrahim intends to make ratepayers pay to construct rock walls at Belongil to protect private houses. This means diverting our rates from roads and public infrastructure into works that will rob us of our public beach. There is no public benefit from Ibrahim’s walls.

‘Green Dream’ an expensive experiment

Byron Shire councillor Di Woods, Brunswick Heads. I have read on a couple of occasions now that the Belongil landowners funded the pro-business group who voted for the rock walls.

Cr Wanchap defends use of rock walls

Cr Rose Wanchap. I would like to respond to the comments made on the way I voted in council to continue the process towards replacing present geo bags with rock revetment protection works in order to repair and protect beach accesses and three public roads which are now in urgent need of repairs at Belongil.

Rock walls superior to bags

Rose Wanchap, Byron Shire Councillor. I do have a difference of opinion with my fellow Green councillors on a couple of key issues but the majority of the time we are in agreement.

Belongil con

Jan Hackett, Byron Bay. Re your article 'Belongil rock wall to go ahead', (Echonetdaily December 24), what an appalling Christmas gift for Byron Bay.

Belongil pro

John Vaughan, Belongil. For the Echo to describe Cr Rose Wanchap as a ‘renegade Greens councillor’ for so called ‘voting against party lines’ to approve the interim rock works at Belongil is quite extraordinary.

Planned retreat the only solution

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. The only way to restore the beach at Belongil, and save what is left of it at the end of the wall, as well as the shorebird nesting area, is to implement planned retreat.

Byron’s long history of rock walls

John Vaughan, Belongil Beach. Commenting on Cr Duncan Dey’s trip to the beach two weeks ago: I can see the rose-tinted glasses are firmly on here but allow me to disturb the nirvana.

Vale Byron girl, Patricia Marcia Dailhou 

Patricia, better known as Pat or Patsy, was born in Byron Bay in 1933 and was the second eldest of nine, to Horace Cecil Vernon Freeman (better known as ‘Bluey’) and Dorothy Lulu Freeman (nee Daniels). 

Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

Over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern Rivers

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Localisation shines as supply chains weaken

While Coles and Woolworths struggle with supply chain issues caused by the Omicron outbreak, local farmer’s markets and independent food retailers appear to be coming into their own.