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Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

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Cartoon of the week – 12 January, 2022

Letters to the editor The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that...

Psychedelic medical trials to begin

A new clinical trial exploring the impact of psychedelic medicines on brain activity has come a step closer to fruition, after being partially funded and granted ethics approval.

Vale Craig Ruddy, passionate artist

Internationally acclaimed Archibald prize-winning artist, and revered icon of the Shire, Craig Ruddy, died suddenly last week, leaving a community in shock and mourning.

Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances the night away

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

Frontline health workers supported

It started, in classic Byron style, with a batch of bliss balls. The homemade treats were whipped up for the nurses at Byron Hospital by local, Sarah Armstrong, after she heard how challenging life had been for them during the Omicron outbreak.

COVID Update: Hospitalisations, ICU admissions climb further

There were another 156 COVID-related hospitalisations across NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, bringing the total number of COVID patients in hospital to 2,200.

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More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Who represents you?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell The Echo reported last week that Mayor Simon Richardson and senior staff again refused to comment on recent the loss in the Land...

Beach shades

Geneth Harrington, Byron Bay Conspiracy theories do abound. Politicians putting boss foxes in charge of the environmental hen houses. And now ‘our Council’ are planning...

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

Byron Mayor gets half cut!

This month is all about going HalfCut for the Forest – Jimmy HalfCut was in the region recently working with Rainforest 4 promoting his HalfCut Campaign

Richardson won’t stand in the 2020 Byron election

With local council elections being held later this year, there has been a lot of speculation about who will be running for office in the Byron Shire.

Ballina councillors to lead region on water, weeds and flooding

Balllina Shire Councillor Keith Williams has been re-elected as chairperson of the Rous County Council, a group representing four councils on the Northern Rivers.

Mayor defends Byron council on koalas

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has defended the council’s work protecting koalas after acclaimed Northern Rivers-based environmentalist Dailan Pugh said the council didn’t give ‘a stuff’ about the endangered animals.

Nearly 25 years after calling for council koala plans, NSW govt has approved 6 – sort of

When was the last time you saw a koala ‘in the wild’? Alive? A NSW state inquiry on koala populations is underway, with a public...

How Green is your Council? A closer look 

Mayor Simon Richardson has defended the lack of environmental credentials of his Council after activist Dailan Pugh highlighted a lack ecological expertise and the ever increasing development pressures.

Northern Rivers Animal Services needs helpers

Ballina-based animal welfare organisation Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc is on the lookout for cat-lovers to help at their cat cottage, and foster carers for both dogs and cats.

Free KYUP! Project workshops

Empowering our next generation to value and champion their safety and well being through self-worth and self-defence is the mission of the KYUP Project who are running free workshops in the Northern Rivers today and tomorrow.

Renew Fest hosts May vigil for grief

Renew Fest will host a weekend-long Vigil For Grief in May 2022, and will return with the festival itself in 2023.

BoM tsunami warning for the NSW Coastline

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a tsunami warning as a result of an eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa in the Tongan Islands at 3.10pm AEDT yesterday, Saturday, January 15.