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Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach)...

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New gallery and studio breathes life into old church and graveyard

Was it divine intervention or western democracy that changed the fate of a former country church on the Northern Rivers last week?

Interview with Felix Riebl from the Cat Empire

One of the most danceable outfits in the lineup, The Cat Empire make a welcome return to Bluesfest 2021 with their infectious, genre-embracing anthems and a world-class, awe-inspiring show. Last week Seven caught up with co-founder, band leader and principal songwriter, Felix Riebl, from his lockdown hidey hole in Melbourne.

Cartoon of the week – 28 July, 2021

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Magnificent sporting prowess and flag pride after 2021 NAIDOC

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also shone in the sporting arena during NAIDOC 2021. 

Local Labor

Asren Pugh, Labor candidate for Mayor Labor has a very long and proud history as part of the Byron Shire community...

Sovereign citizens have ‘zero’ legal status in Australia, says former magistrate

Can we really tell authorities we ‘don’t consent’ to rules around mask-wearing, public gatherings or, as was more common before the pandemic, traffic and drug offences, and be excused?

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Greater Sydney goes into two week lockdown

New South Wales Health has announced that to protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, current stay-at-home orders will be extended across all of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong from 6pm today (26 June) until 11.59pm Friday, 9 July.

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

Photos reveal devastating toll of ‘walls of death’

Shocking pictures of marine life killed or injured by Queensland shark nets have been obtained under FOI and released this morning by Sea Shepherd Australia, showing dolphins, rays and turtles caught in nets.

From Ballina to Dee Why for Gary Van Duinen (and all the others like him)

The Ballina-based co-founder of anti-pokies group Kickin' The Punt, Ben Hamilton, has just returned from filming in Sydney.

Arrests after unauthorised protests in Byron Bay

Police say that there have been arrests after unauthorised protest activity in Sydney and Byron Bay today.

Tightening borders as charges laid for false border declarations

As of yesterday there were 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland with five of them being treated in hospital. This has led to a tightening of the NSW QLD border and charges being laid.

REX to trial direct flights from Lismore to Sydney

Regional Express will trial direct flights between Lismore and Sydney next month and Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith has welcomed the decision.

Nationals still under fire over alleged Murray-Darling Plan corruption

Reverberations continue over the ABC Four Corners TV report alleging corruption and mismanagement of the Murray-Darling river.

Patt instils confidence through woodwork

Doing the Woodwork for Women courses with Patt Gregory in Mullumbimby is about more than learning how to saw straight, though that is an important skill you will learn.

Man charged with murder after body found in Sydney wheelie bin

A Korean man has been charged with murder after a body was found in a wheelie bin in the Sydney suburb of Epping on Saturday.

A day of ‘thank you’

Alison Drover, Broken Head How about a day of ‘thank you’ to our health workers and ‘sorry’ from our prime minister and ‘please’ from the community? Instead...

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW) demands a response. This is...

Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...