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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

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Oceans 15 triumphant return


The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

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Calls for more shark mitigation funding in Tweed

Tweed Councillor James Owen (Liberal) and Deputy Mayor Reece Byrnes (Labor) are calling on the NSW state government to supply more funding for shark mitigation.

Tweed Shire gets two shark drones while Ballina waits to hear

Nationals member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced that two drones will be provided for Tweed Shire beaches, yet Greens member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she is still waiting to find out if her Ballina electorate will receive any.

Summer shark safety campaign launched

Two additional drones will complement the NSW government’s shark-mitigation measures, which will roll out for summer on top of existing measures including helicopter surveillance and SMART drumlines.

Shark nets set to be removed in June

The state government will remove its controversial shark nets from waters off the north coast following the six-month trial that ends in June. They will be offset by an increase in the number of SMART drum lines, which have proven more successful.

More threatened species than sharks caught in nets: Greens

The fourth monthly report of the NSW north coast Shark Mesh Net Trial has shown the five nets across the NSW north coast only caught one target species shark in a month where the nets were as often out of the water owing to adverse conditions.

Evidence-based solutions to shark mitigation ignored

'Why would Ballina Council ignore the recommendations made by scientists and a professional shark mitigation operation which has literally saved a man’s life from a shark attack?' asks Natalie Banks.

Sydney Aquarium to trial shark detection technology

Researchers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australian company Shark Mitigation Systems and the University of Technology Sydney will test shark detection technology at Sydney Aquarium this week.

Has the government ignored the best shark mitigation strategy?

The peak body that trains beach inspector lifeguards has told The Echo that the state government is ignoring best practice shark-mitigation strategies that are in line with an independent report and recommendations by a NSW Legislative Assembly committee.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

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Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

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Trainspotters

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...