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Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a...

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Helping Benny help Marsha’s battle with cancer

If you live on the Far North Coast and you don’t know who Benny Zable is, then you haven’t ‘lived’ on the Far North Coast.

Margarita, anyone?

Simon Haslam Sure, Christmas is coming, but before that is a generous round of pre-Christmas drinks and the chilled-out vibe...

Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

Call for feedback on new Lismore skate park plan

Lismore City Council is calling on local skaters to provide insight into the design of a potentially new skatepark in the Lismore CBD.

Which values are important for the region?

Public opinion sure is divided about the Dunoon Dam (the DuD). Clearly it does not have sufficient social licence...

Dogs need control

I agree with Alison Drover’s recent article and her final line ‘wildlife needs more love, and our dog owners...

Stories about "vaccinations":

No new cases of COVID in last 24 hours

The total number of cases in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) since 16 June remains at 122.

Do COVID vaccines affect male fertility?

Vaccines do have side effects, but there are some social-media users peddling myths that COVID-19 vaccines cause male infertility and sexual dysfunction.

Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

Covid Cassandra peers into the future

As the COVID lockdowns draw to a close, there are still people who profess themselves unwilling to vaccinate under any circumstances, and who object to bearing any consequences that may arise.

NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity

Confused and anxious when it comes to ambiguous and complex COVID-19 laws? You are not alone.

Ballina Greens MP urges vaccination

Local MP Tamara Smith (Greens) is urging those unvaccinated to get their shots, warning that while the region has ‘managed to dodge bullets, the most dangerous time will be leading up, to and after, all lockdowns end on October 11’.

Govt polarises community over mandatory vax

A local teacher, who cannot be named owing to onerous laws that prevent NSW government workers from speaking publicly, has raised their concerns over the looming November 8 deadline by the NSW government requiring all education and care workers to be vaccinated.

Byron Shire Councillors get behind vaccination push

Public buildings such as the Mullumbimby Civic Hall could become mass COVID-19 vaccination centres, under a proposal put forward by Byron Council last week.

Democracy under strain as pandemic continues

With the NSW government now openly threatening that the public will not be able to participate in social activities, work in the public sector or travel interstate unless they are vaccinated for COVID-19, The Echo asked local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) what her party is doing about protecting civic rights and freedoms.

Cases rise but NSW touts the possibility of opening up regions and schools

COVID-19 cases continue to mount with NSW recording 1,480 local COVID-19 cases overnight and nine Covid-19 related deaths.

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

Work is starting on Tweed Rail Trail

The Tweed Council section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 24km section that stretches from the Murwillumbah Railway Station to Crabbes Creek and work is starting on the construction.

Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

NORPA announces stellar 2022 season

This morning in a special online event, NORPA revealed some of the adventurous, world-class shows that will transport audiences to different worlds in 2022.