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New venues of concern in Ballina

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow...

Nuclear-powered subs? Dr Caldicott speaks

‘America has 18 Trident submarines, powered by highly enriched Uranium 235, which can be used as fuel for nuclear weapons. Each sub carries 24 missiles, each one is armed with eight hydrogen bombs – 30 times the killing power of one Hiroshima bomb. That’s enough subs to produce nuclear winter and end life on Earth.’

COVID-19 update NSW, September 22

As Byron Bay and Tweed Shire enter on their first day of a snap lockdown, NSW recorded from 8 pm last night 1035 announced Premier Berejiklian.

Teacher survey

The Echo’s survey of local teachers regarding vaccination was as illuminating as it was disappointing. One respondent popped their...

Cartoon of the week – 22 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.

Vale Aunty Dulcie Nicholls 21.10.29 – 19.09.21

There is deep sadness in the community at the passing of Arakwal elder and matriarch, Dulcie Joan Nicholls, nee Kay, who was a proud Bundjalung woman born on Country at Tallow Creek, Byron Bay, October 21, 1929.

Stories about "special rate variation":

Ballina rate rise approved – but only for one year

Ballina Shire Council has had its application for a rate rise approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal but IPART rejected a request for the rise to be permanent.

Rate rise amid fears of amalgamation

Byron Shire Council has forged ahead with the Special Rates Variation (SRV) amid fears of amalgamation at Thursday’s council meeting. Councillor Alan Hunter's DA refused as council awaits a review of current trial DA in 2017.

Byron GM maintains hard line on rate rise

Calls from Byron Country Labor to crack down on holiday letting, increase commercial rates and raise paid parking have been rejected by Byron council’s GM Ken Gainger as an inadequate revenue source.

Byron mayor defends rate-rise plan

Byron Shire Greens mayor Simon Richardson has admitted that ‘it may not be a popular conversation to have with our 15,500 ratepayers’ but blames the need for a special rate variation on the state government’s ‘unrealistic rate-pegging’ regime.

Byron Bay beach party end in PINS and a charge for biting

Police say a woman has been charged and four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued following a beach party in the Byron Bay area overnight.

Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow Koalas, who keep a watch...

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Compost back on Lismore’s gardening menu

Lismore City Council says that their BIOCycle Compost is again on sale from the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and Nimbin Transfer Station, after a two-year break.