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How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

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Farewell Sue – a much-loved Mullumbimbian

You could say that Sue Mallam was destined to run a business in Mullumbimby.

Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

On being prepared

In recent commentary on the Commonwealth’s proposed quarantine facility in Brisbane, Simon Birmingham said, ‘Whilst it will be used...

Cartoon of the week – 15 September, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Printmakers make their mark at Tweed Regional Gallery

A new exhibition featuring the work of some of Australia’s leading printmakers has been installed and is ready to be enjoyed by visitors when the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre reopens tomorrow.

Strange strategy

The strategy applied by Byron Shire Council (BSC) since 2002 is bemusing at best. Firstly a position was created by...

Stories about "sandmining":

Broken Head Quarry owners fined $15,000

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Leadshine Pty Limited with a fine of $15,000 for ongoing poor erosion and sediment controls at its Broken Head Quarry, near Byron Bay.

Mystery surrounds NPWS ‘sandmining’ tender

Joe Monks, The Gap. You might remember the furore around NPWS decision to remove an ilmenite tailings dump from Bandjalung National Park without due scientific or environmental reasons to do so.

Flood-prone Wooyung once drained to the sea

Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores. An interesting photo of the proposed development at Wooyung ran in conjunction with your article 'Wooyung developer wants luxury housing instead of resort'. It clearly shows the remnants of the old outlet which flowed into the ocean through the Wooyung cane fields.

Greens misleading over rare earths: Lynas

Unfortunately your article ‘Green senators slam lunatic budget’ on May 19 contained factual inaccuracies and misleading statements in both the questions posed and the answers given which may mislead your readers about Lynas operations and the safety of the rare earths.

Rutile the ruin of our beaches

Mark Wato, Billinudgel. The whole coastline of NSW was so different before the rutile miners. Me and my Dad fished the beaches from The Entrance to Ballina back 45-50 years ago and …

Mining, not waves, destroyed Belongil

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Oh, spare me. The Belongil? Again? Could The Echo run that article from a few years back that detailed (with photos) the deep sand mining that destroyed the ancient solid dune base?

Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

A moment of your life?

Six questions for Jehovah’s Witness doorknockers: 1. Are you aware that the 2016 Royal Commission into Institutional Handling of Child Sexual Abuse investigated 1006 alleged...

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.