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Another roadblock for major Kingscliff development?

Tweed Council clarifies that the Kingscliff DA for a haulage road that will allow '90,000 truck and trailer movements' to bring in fill from the M1 upgrade does not actually allow the developers to use the proposed fill at the site – developers disagree.

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The Sourdough Chick rises to the occasion!

When you talk to Susann Wiedermann, her passion for sourdough is clearly evident. She describes the world of sourdough...

Lismore residents alarmed by subdivision DA adjoining Wilson Nature Reserve

A proposal for twelve new lots in the buffer zone between Wilson Nature Reserve and existing houses on City View Drive, East Lismore, has local residents worried.

Bad news

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but...

The knives are out

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Reading the letters section of The Echo I came across the two councillor’s Martin and Ndiaye...

Circus show comes with unique local curries 

If you liked the bloodred moon, you’re going to love the Eclipse circus show at the beautiful Circus Arts...

SOS says there was no community consultation for ‘super-school’

Governments regularly resort to spin to deceive the public and avoid accountability says  Save Our Schools.

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Aid groups getting set to help flood impacted communities

Both Rural Aid and Vinnies have launched flood appeals in the wake of the current weather events

Vinnies opens Mary’s Place for homeless in Ballina

The doors are open at St Vincent de Paul Society’s new drop-in centre in Ballina, servicing a population with one of the highest homelessness rates in regional NSW.

Virtual sleepout helps the needy in real life

A date to put in your diary is 23 October – that's the day that the sleepout for Vinnies Fred’s Place homeless service in Tweed Heads will be held.

How you can help bushfire survivors

Wondering what you can do to help our Northern Rivers neighbours impacted by devastating fires further south?

What’s behind mass exodus of vollies at Byron Vinnies?

Exclusive: A mass exodus of around 17 long-term volunteers at the Byron Bay St Vincent De Paul centre is being downplayed by management, despite claims of poor treatment and a change in management direction.

Fred’s Place can help out more homeless thanks to sleepout

The Vinnies' 2018 sleepout, held to fund Fred’s Place homeless drop-in centre in Tweed Heads, has exceeded its target. It's all thanks to support from some 50 sleepers last Thursday and substantial donations. 

Your old rags can become Vinnies’ riches

Whatever the purpose, from polishing cars and high-class furniture, to mopping up paint or grease in workshops, or cleaning valuable plates used in print-making, recycled rags made from donated clothing are prized by North Coast businesses.

Ballina Vinnies puts dumpster divers on notice

The ongoing theft of quality donations from Vinnies’ bins in Ballina have forced the op shop to fit CCTV cameras to capture the thieves red handed and threaten them with punishment.

Vinnies saves 50,000 plastic bags in three months

Vinnies on the north coast have saved 50,000 single-use plastic bags from going into circulation in just three months.

Lismore Vinnies to reopen Wednesday

Vinnies will be reopening its Lismore assistance office, which closed temporarily due to extensive flood damage, from 10am tomorrow. Assistance in other flood affected towns is also available. The charity has also commenced a Northern Rivers Flood Appeal and is seeking donations.

‘The Norway of Australia’: what does good electric vehicle policy look like?

What does good electric vehicle policy look like? NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced an EV car package that he says will bring NSW on par with the world’s best. Is he right?

Byron market relocation proposal divides opinion

Community opinion appears to be starkly divided over the proposed relocation of the Byron Community Markets from the foreshore at Main Beach to Railway Park, which Byron councillors will vote on this Thursday.

Michael Lyon announces Byron Shire Council ticket

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, has announced a group of candidates to run for the upcoming Council elections in September.

Old Byron Hospital future before Council

A significant decision about the future of the old Byron Hospital site will be made this week, with Byron Council choosing an organisation to manage the new community hub that will be created there.