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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Rise and shine!

Early morning starts are not a usual routine for chefs at the Ballina RSL Club. March was an exception when Chef Halie Welsh rallied some staff and friends together to take part in Ian Thorpe’s Laps For Life charity. A team of ten hit the Ballina Pool at 7am every day during March to raise funds For ReachOut’s Laps For Life challenge. 

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for...

Exciting lineup for 2021 Bangalow Music Festival

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) yesterday unveiled a stellar Bangalow Music Festival program for August 2021. The theme for the 19th festival is 'music’s inexhaustible joie de vivre'.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a...

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the...

Stories about "sailing":

Remembering Peter Warner

Ballina's legendary man of the sea Peter Warner died doing what he loved best, sailing, during an attempted crossing of the Ballina Bar in rough conditions last week. He was ninety years old.

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Sailing is back on at Ballina

Ballina’s Richmond River club opened its season on Sunday, 6 September in a perfect 12-knot sou-easter.

Sailing is back on at Ballina

Duncan Dey Ballina’s Richmond River club opened its season on Sunday, 6 September in a perfect 12-knot sou-easter. Four fleets started their hour-plus races, with each...

How to avoid pirates and make the long journey home

To sail or to stay? That was the decision that Craig Plummer and Claudia Schick from Bangalow had to make when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and they sailed into an Indonesian port, from Thailand.

Sailors back on the water

The Tweed Valley sailing club hosted its first meeting since the pandemic began when a group of members and visitors enjoyed pleasant racing on the lower Tweed River the Sunday before last.

National championship win for local RS100 sailor

Main Arm resident Duncan Dey, sailing with the Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club has won the RS100 national championships held at Toronto, on Lake Macquarie, late last month.

Sailors enjoy fast conditions for race ten of the Tweed Summer Series

Eleven boats enjoyed easy and fast sailing, with many under spinnakers for race 10 of the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s Summer Series. Fastest on the day was Kate Yeomans on her Laser Bluey. Kate excelled in the conditions, leaving second place three minutes behind. Second finisher was Laser Silent Partner (John Heywood) and third was another Laser Siesta (Gary McCrohan). 

Children inspired to sail

Junior and teenaged sailors took a step up to the next level last Sunday morning at Fingal when visiting Australian Sailing instructor Connor Pilcher and coach Melanie Watson led an inspiring session for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club (TVSC).

Tweed sailing a thrilling choice for 83 juniors

The Tweed Valley Sailing Club at Fingal Head on the Tweed River is now nearly eight years old and 2018 was another packed year...

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.