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Smith MP urges Planning Minister to call in Wallum

Yesterday the media gathered at the proposed Wallum development at Brunswick Heads as Tamara Smith MP Member for Ballina, held a conference to urge the NSW Planning Minister to refer the development the federal Environment Minister.

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Coastal hazard assessment study released

The way in which coastlines are managed is moving forward, with a consultant report – Byron Shire Coastal Hazard Assessment (CHA) – being released by Council. 

Teenager in Tenterfield crash dies in hospital

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

Defacing artworks

Mullumbimby is a colourful place. We love all the events, workshops, activities and markets – it all adds to...

Byron Dog Rescue: 20 years of lifesaving love and dedication

Celebrating two decades of compassion and dedication to our four-legged friends by Byron Dog Rescue.

Byron Bay local is 2024 Glover Prize Finalist

Local watercolourist Dave Sparkes has been selected as a finalist in the 2024 John Glover Prize, Australia’s prestigious landscape award.

Seniors Festival returns March 11

The Byron Seniors Festival is back, and will be held from March 11 to 15 at the Byron Community Centre.

Stories about "safety":

Double demerits this long weekend

Motorists across Northern NSW are being urged to take extra care on the roads this Australia Day long weekend as double demerits come into effect from Thursday 24 January to Sunday 28 January.

Keeping pets safe during fireworks

While fireworks are a spectacular way to bring in the new year for humans, the same isn’t true for our furry and feathered friends. Just like thunderstorms, the loud, unexpected noise of fireworks can cause extreme distress for pets.

Could smart speakers protect women against intimate partner violence?

New research from Monash University examines the practical, ethical and political challenges of using smart home technologies to protect women from intimate partner violence in their own homes. Should we embrace 'Big Sister'?

Ballina Marine Rescue’s Phil Causley recognised

The Echo caught up with Ballina volunteer Phil Causley after he won the 2023 Marine Rescue NSW agency award, part of the 2023 Rotary District of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards, held in Sydney recently.

Ballina bike safety in the spotlight

From today until Wednesday, Ballina Shire Council will be spotlighting safety on bikes.

We’ve already breached most of the Earth’s limits. A safer, fairer future means treading lightly

People once believed the planet could always accommodate us. That the resilience of the Earth system meant nature would always provide. But we now know this is not necessarily the case. As big as the world is, our impact is bigger.

Safer cars promised for regional kids

Young drivers in the Ballina electorate will be given a cash incentive to help them buy a newer, safer vehicle, under a program announced by the NSW Nationals, if the Coalition is re-elected in March.

National survey for safer work environments

The NSW Department of Customer Service is inviting workers to shape the future of work health and safety and participate in a national survey that will be used to create safer work environments across Australia.  

No accountability around pod villages

Claims of violence at a number of pod village sites across the Northern Rivers has been brought to the attention of The Echo, raising concerns over the safety of residents and staff at pod sites. 

Rooftop solar installation safety in the spotlight

Workers installing solar panels on rooftops can expect a visit from SafeWork NSW Inspectors, who are undertaking a six-month state-wide operation to ensure safety in this busy industry.

Time for marriage?

I have a huge dilemma that I thought your readers might be able to help me with. I never got married because I thought it...

Investment fraud charges – Gold Coast

Detectives from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group have arrested and charged five people in relation to an alleged ‘boiler room’ investment fraud operating on the Gold Coast.

How to supply water to the increasing population?

It is predicted that the next 40 years will see the demand for water increase by 50 per cent in the local government areas that Rous County Council supply with water.

Protections can’t wait another seven years for NSW critical habitat 

Protections are needed now for native habitat in NSW as the state has seen a significant increase in native habitat clearing following the NSW...