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Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

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$5 million to improve Northern Rivers rural drainage systems

Damaged rural drainage systems will be cleaned out, repaired and fitted with mechanisms that will reduce the impacts of future flooding, thanks to the Australian and NSW governments’ $5 million Northern Rivers Drainage Reset Program.

Valentine’s Day

Victoria Cosford Is there anything lovelier than the sight and the scent of a blue lotus? It’s a flower and...

Perrottet’s election gamble on cashless pokies

It would appear ClubsNSW is not having a good year, and today’s announcement that the NSW government has proposed a gambling reform policy that would ensure all poker machines in the state become cashless by 2028 hasn't made it any better.

Flow Music presents: Byron Bay

The theatre will be transformed into a festival wonderland, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm, including body and face painting by donation, incredible dancers from Epic Creations, lighting by Tone from Crystal Grid and decor by Bare Foot Beat. 

Basketball camp for youth mental health

Recently the ASK Youth team was in action at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre, delivering the 'Optimise Me' basketball camp to a large group of local kids.

Protest gets results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood?

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Qld government ignored finch extinction risk to approve Adani

According to a report by Birdlife Australia the Queensland government knowingly risking the extinction of the endangered Black-throated Finch when approving the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Anti-Adani activists highlight role of MUFG’s investment in mine

Stop Adani activists were disrupting rail construction yesterday as they continue to highlight the dangers of the Adani (Barvus) Carmichael coal mine going ahead in a climate constrained world.

Penning has won right to see Adani’s case against him

Adani have been pursuing anti-Adani activist  Ben Pennings through courts since June 2020 and have had two failed attempts to ‘get court orders to raid Ben’s family home’ according to Mr Penning's lawyers, Marque Lawyers. 

Adani continues case against Pennings, has major investors withdraw, and hits first coal

It has been quite the week for Adani with the striking of their first coal at the Queensland Carmichael coal mine, having several major...

Adani’s rebirth as ‘Bravus’ won’t wipe slate clean say campaigners

Adani Australia has decided it is time for a name change to celebrate their tenth year in Australian of endeavouring to build the largest coal mine in Australia.

Thousands to join #StopAdani online rally

Tomorrow night there will be an online rally calling on Lloyd’s of London to rule out insurance for Adani’s Carmichael coal project.

Accusations fly between Adani and activists over yesterday’s protest

Accusations that Adani protestors and ‘anti-coal activists have thrown rocks and kicked the doors of cars and utes belonging to people working on our Carmichael Project’ by Adani Australia have been refuted by the group Frontline Action on Coal.

Activists disrupt Adani rail corridor construction as water licence is challenged

‘You can’t drink coal’ was the point made by activist and Adelaide Hills writer Ben Winch when he locked himself to a cattle grid on Stratford Road near Mt Coolon, stopping Adani's construction work for their rail corridor this morning.

Adani granted injunction against anti-Adani activist Ben Pennings

Adani has been granted an injunction today to stop activist Ben Pennings from certain actions and statements in relation to the Adani coal mine.

Adani launches legal proceedings as traditional owners evict Adani

As Adani launches legal action against activist Ben Pennings for his organisation of anti-Adani campaigning traditional owners of the mine's access to the site are restricting access to the mine site.

Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.