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Self-defence explained

For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however...

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Students fired up for marine protection  

There is something deeply inspiring about a hall full of young humans who are passionate about saving the planet. Tired narratives about apathy and disengagement dissolve as those who are inheriting ecological wounds inflicted by past generations seek solutions and healing.

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

Relocalising to find the life we all dream of

Everywhere we look we see signs of economic downturn, environmental destruction and social breakdown. It’s easy to wonder how we can ever improve our lives and those of our kids.

Are you a thinking of running for council? Time for women to step up?

Council elections are coming on September 14 and there is a call for women to step up and stand...

What is the future of Lismore? Here are some ideas for what it could be

After the devastating floods of 2022 the future of Lismore was thrown up in the air and it was time to take a long hard look at what the future of the town would be. 

AI’s invisible bystanders

In her Echo column last week, Mandy Nolan recommended literature for her daughter, including classics like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. 

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Editorial – Should Mullum’s water remain locally sourced?

The push by members of Council’s Water and Sewer Advisory Committee (WSAC) to retain Mullum’s local water supply is heating up...

Water restrictions delayed across Lismore, Ballina, Richmond Valley and Byron Shires

November rains have delayed activation of Level 1 water restrictions for the region, say water utility Rous County Council.

Water restrictions before Christmas likely

Much of the Northern Rivers could be on water restrictions by Christmas unless there is significant rain.

Byron Council staff push for Mullum’s water supply to become part of Rous

A committee that makes recommendations to Council around water and sewage management in the Shire is calling for Mullum’s water supply to remain at Lavertys Gap weir in Wilsons Creek.

Big Scrub Day is back at Rocky Creek Dam this Sunday

This Sunday's Big Scrub Day will feature guided walks in the magnificent rainforest around Rocky Creek Dam, planting 1,000 trees, talks from Byron Bird Buddies for kids, and seed propagation workshops with Mark Dunphy. It's a great day to meet new people, catch up with old friends and make a difference.

There is no life without water: time to save

Yes, the recent rain is wonderful, but acting on water use restrictions must become our usual way of life, at least until the drought is over.

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.

Explore the waterways and let curiosity lead

Where to go during the holidays? Try following waterways and discovering waterplaces. Start with a ramble down some path or an hour along a shore: curiosity will take over. Where did this water come from? What is it doing now? Where might it go? What does it mean?

Illegal doof organisers fined $6,000 by Lismore council

Two organisers of an illegal doof held at Rocky Creek Dam earlier this year have been fined $6000 by Lismore City Council.



Here & Now #120 Water and tears

She sits at the wooden picnic table, staring straight ahead, a paper plate in front of her. Behind her on the wall of the park facilities is a mural of the Rocky Creek Dam catchment area. She is small, frail and elderly.

Israel/Gaza

Following certain developments over the last couple of weeks, it is starkly obvious that those at the ICC in the Hague believe that ‘c’...

Youth suicide?

ABC News reporting on youth suicide in remote communities at an alarming rate? The Elders are using Aussie Rules to keep youth occupied and...

Affordable housing

I’m wondering how long before the temporary emergency disaster relief housing project on Prince Street, Mullumbimby becomes permanent, or has that happened already? Don’t...

Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.