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Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

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Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Comparissons

Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

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Call to secure bushfire funding for koalas and other endangered species

Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson is calling for a port if the $1.1m dollars in bushfire funding that has been received by Ballina Shire Council to be spent on the local koala population.

Ballina koalas’ ‘fate sealed’ as highway route confirmed

Despite a 10-year campaign to prevent the Pacific Highway being routed through the middle of the region’s most significant koala colony, new federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg rubber-stamped the RMS proposal on his first day in the job.

Highway route in ‘worst possible spot’ for koalas: expert

Backed up by a renowned koala expert, local, national and international conservation groups are accusing the Roads, Maritime Services (RMS) agency of submitting inaccurate and misleading information in the Ballina Koala plan.

Ballina koala campaigners seek crowdfunding

The Save Ballina Koala campaign has turned to crowdfunding in a last-ditch bid to save the north coast’s sole remaining intact colony of the marsupial.

State promises to cover cost of Ballina koala fences

Ballina mayor David Wright says councillors were told yesterday that Roads and Maritime Services have undertaken to cover the cost of koala fences along some local roads in Ballina shire if the controversial Blackwall Ranges highway route goes ahead.

Koalas in highway’s path ‘dying anyway’, says RMS

The newly released koala plan of management for the Pacific Highway section south of Ballina has drawn the ire of koala campaigners who say it is simply a method of managing the local colony into extinction.

Fence local roads in Ballina shire to protect koalas: Johnson

A Ballina shire councillor is hoping to gain support today for a motion calling on either the state or federal governments to fund koala fences along local roads in Ballina shire.

Nesting boxes ‘won’t save endangered species’

One of the region’s key wildlife groups is sceptical that 700 ‘nesting boxes’ for native animals displaced by the encroachment of the Pacific Highway into the Blackwall Range will improve their survival chances.

RMS accused of cover-up over highway-route secrecy

Roads and Maritime Services NSW has been accused of sitting on studies of a koala colony in the path of the Broadwater section of the Pacific Highway, with protection groups suggesting the authority is massaging the figures.

Government refuses to route Pacific Highway away from koalas

In the clearest show yet that the state government is unmoved about the plight of the north coast’s last intact koala colony, it indicated in parliament yesterday that it still intends to plough through it when it builds the new Pacific Highway south of Ballina.

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’ energy projects, including 264 million...

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Linnaeus Estate DA raises residents concerns

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.