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Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

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PCR test

The recent Echo article ‘How reliable are PCR tests?’ (8 September) on PCR tests for COVID-19 that refutes the...

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

We’ve heard that rising temperatures will lead to rising sea levels, but what many may not realise is that most of the increase in energy in the climate system is occurring in the ocean.  

First day out of lockdown – record high of NSW 1,599 new cases

NSW recorded yet another new record high 1,599 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Wise practice

For all the travels of the world, cultural habits are slow to share. The Japanese sneeze and cough into...

Strange strategy

The strategy applied by Byron Shire Council (BSC) since 2002 is bemusing at best. Firstly a position was created by...

Putting our money where our mouth is for an Afghan family

The horror the people of Afghanistan are living through makes us ask ourselves what can we possibly do to help? The Ballina Region for Refugees offering the opportunity for anyone to support an Afghan family.

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Lessons not learned from Murwillumbah flood: Council

One of the key findings of a survey conducted among Murwillumbah residents last year was that very few people understand the flood risk in central Murwillumbah or would respond quickly to an order to evacuate – or evacuate at all.

$3m land swap to help flood-hit Sth Murwillumbah businesses

A number of South Murwillumbah businesses devastated by the 2017 flood have put their hand up to move their operations to flood-free land, as the result of a $3 million land swap arrangement funded by the NSW Government.

Flood of road repairs in Tweed

Almost a year after the catastrophic March 2017 floods, Tweed Shire Council has finally awarded the first bundle of major-sized flood repair road packages to the value of about $1.9 million.

Flood damage repairs finally start in Tweed

Tweed Shire Council has awarded a large package of flood remediation works in its first round of minor to medium-sized jobs to restore roads and bridges damaged in the 31 March flood.

Tweed van-park residents face eviction over flood risk

Residents at two Tweed caravan parks which were deemed a health risk due to the recent floods face eviction tomorrow, and the NSW Opposition has called on the state government to ‘rescue’ them.

Tweed council ‘back to business’ after flood

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has praised council staff for its ‘highly coordinated operation,’ following the recent floods, ‘particularly given the size, scale and impact of the event.’

Tweed police to hold fundraiser for crash family

Tweed/Byron police are holding a movie night to raise money for the Kabealo family after three members died in a crash at Tumbulgum earlier this month.

Byron shire’s disaster recovery effort found wanting

A more effective response to the recent flood disaster could have been made for Byron shire, according to officials who met this week.

Tweed Shire flood: update

Updated Tuesday, April 11: Tweed Shire Council is urging community members to slow down on the region's roads as ongoing flood clean-up work continues and traffic volumes return to normal levels.

Police ramping up patrols of flood-affected areas

Police have increased patrols in and around flood-affected areas of the Tweed after hearing that residents and volunteers were nervous to call on them for assistance, fearing they may already be overloaded.

A moment of your life?

Six questions for Jehovah’s Witness doorknockers: 1. Are you aware that the 2016 Royal Commission into Institutional Handling of Child Sexual Abuse investigated 1006 alleged...

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

The Greens and Ballina Council

With the Greens announcing their intention to contest the Ballina Shire local government election to be held in December this year, we can only...

New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.