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The Art of Woman highlights the upcoming Lismore Women’s Festival 

Friday evening saw a bountiful display of art at Lismore’s Serpentine Gallery celebrating the feminine and preluding the 2024 Lismore Women’s Festival. 

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Doing it for Dunkley

The eyes of Australia turn this week to the electorate of Dunkley in Victoria, historically the site of the Frankston riot and just down the road from where Harold Holt disappeared. Now it's the location of an all important federal by-election.

Knock down Byron’s forests

And another FU to the community, from the dominantly pro-development Council. Submissions due by 23 February on the proposed...

Teenager in Tenterfield crash dies in hospital

Police say they’re investigating a crash that killed a teenager in Tenterfield last week.

Non-alcohol options

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for a period, or just managing your consumption, the better your non-alcoholic drink tastes, the more likely you are to stick to your strategy. While I’m not a big beer drinker, at my local pub I’ll always grab a beer, and the other night I found the Hiatus Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale, with its classic tropical aromas, but a little bitterness, perfect for the warm summer evening.

Tweed BMX freestyler wins national gold

Tweed-based BMX freestyler Will Spedding has backed up a state championship with a national title and is now set...

GemLife’s seniors’ housing estate (again) and more Ballina Council 2024 court action

A conciliation conference between the Ballina Shire Council and developers wanting to build a seniors’ resort-style estate in West Ballina is to happen in less than three weeks.

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.

Union joins fundraiser to feed reporters in Gaza

Photos, footage, audio and news reports from the middle east show nearly everyone in the Gaza is struggling to find food and essential medical supplies, including reporters.

Man missing more than two weeks

Tweed Byron police are asking the public for help finding a man reported missing for more than two weeks.

Woman missing from Evans Head

Police are asking the public for help finding a woman reported missing from the Evans Head area but also known to frequent the Ballina area.

Teenager in Tenterfield crash dies in hospital

Police say they’re investigating a crash that killed a teenager in Tenterfield last week.