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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

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Fatal crash – Alstonville

A man has died following a crash in Alsonville yesterday.

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

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Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

A little rail tale

There is still a chance to save our wonderful railway line between Casino and Murwillumbah, especially in the Byron...

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Ballina MP Q&A on the govt’s response on COVID-19

What are your thoughts on the September 10 lockdown date and return to school plan? Do you think it will be extended again, given that across the globe, cases are rising within vaccinated populations?

Lennox Community Garden celebrates terrific two

The Lennox Community Garden team recently had an early morning working bee and visit from Tamara Smith MP and they reflected on the two years that have passed since they first broke ground.

Local MPs announce funding for local sports clubs

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina, yesterday announced $50,000 in funding for a total of fifteen sports clubs in her electorate.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith speaks about community, and more of the issues close to her heart

In the second part of this two part series, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith discusses more of the issues that are important to her, and the Ballina community.

Catching up with Ballina MP Tamara Smith

In the first of a two part series, the Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, talks about some of the big issues in her electorate.

Editorial – Road funding announcement turns into a political dumpster fire

There was a terrific announcement of $2.28 million in road funding for some of Byron’s worst roads by two odd bedfellows last week – the non-elected local Nationals representative and the Greens mayor.

Funding boost for local sports clubs

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP, today announced $77.5k in funding for 17 clubs in the Ballina Electorate through the Local Sports Grant Program.

Editorial – Nuclear afterglow

While there will surely be an afterglow of good will towards local National Party MLC Ben Franklin for securing the Shire $25m in road and infrastructure funding, it should be pointed out where his government is taking us when it comes to the energy sector.

Calls to remove shark nets state wide

A new report into the effectiveness of shark nets has prompted member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, to call for the removal of all NSW shark nets. 

MP calls for interchange at Alstonville black spot

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has called for a motorway-style interchange between Bruxner Highway and Ballina Road at Alstonville, the site of several fatal accidents, including one earlier this year.

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

What do the Tweed Council candidates stand for?

The final day of voting for your local Tweed Shire Councill candidates is Saturday 4 December at a venue near you.

Today is International Day of People with Disability

This language trend around People With a Disability has tended to emphasise the disability rather than the person, which can lead to derogatory labelling, depersonalisation or impersonal, collective references.