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Shooting in Nimbin

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

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45 Sydney-Ballina travellers exposed to COVID-19

Forty-five travellers from Sydney are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 and continue self-isolation on the Northern Rivers after sharing a flight with a confirmed case.

Independent councillor calls for online voting

A manageable and easy-to-navigate system was necessary, Cr Allsop said, one that allowed 'equal presence for all candidates'.

Shooting in Nimbin

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

US promises to return Assange to Australia a ‘trick’ says father

Lawyers for the US said Judge Baraitser ought to have sought assurances for Mr Assange’s safety in the US prison system during the extradition trial. 

Staged rollout change for large OS DA

Plans by a developer to change the staged rollout for a large Ocean Shores subdivision, and nine dwellings on 11 and 13 Warrambool Rd and 9 Bian Crt, Ocean Shores, are now on exhibition on Council’s website.

Stories about "violence":

Mature surfers need to call out abuse

Paul Taylor, Murwillumbah The mature male surfers present in the line-up when these serial germs go about bullying and assaulting others are themselves a part...

Violence begets violence

Geoff Dawe, Uki. There is no clear dividing line between defence and aggression and because the dividing line is blurred there needs to be major discussion of why Australian troops overseas are seen as defenders rather than aggressors.

Revealed: the north coast’s biggest crime hotspots

Claims that the Byron Bay Liquor Accord has seen a dramatic drop in street violence might need to be reconsidered in the light of disturbing BOCSAR statistics released yesterday. But some other shires have managed to buck the trend.

Outburst against mayor deplored

Al Oshlack, Lismore. I am most upset at the alleged assault of Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell. I have issues with Cr Dowell over the way she has handled the fluoride issue and the North Lismore Plateau development, but totally abhor this angry outburst which has besmirched the integrity and sincerity of those residents who oppose the fluoridation of our water supply.

Six arrests in same Goonellabah street in one day

Six people were arrested and charged in less than 24 hours when two incidents occurred in Shearman Drive, Goonellabah yesterday.

NRL investigates three violent player incidents

The NRL’s reputation is suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune this week as players appear to be running amok – the anti-violence message doesn’t seem to be getting through as members from three teams are under investigation.

It’s simple: alcohol over-supply is the culprit

It is crystal clear from research done in Australia and all over the world that the most important factors in alcohol-related problems are: (i) the price of alcohol; and (ii) the availability of alcohol.

How much night life does Byron’s economy need?

Greg Thomson (Byron Shire Echo Letters 8 October) suggests Byron Bay will face a local recession if last drinks are served at midnight because of the impact...

Love is a social responsibility

Lavender (Kate Lavender), Lennox Head. It is impressive that a former SAS man acknowledged the peace loving-women in his life. That is a good start for changing attitudes.

More statistics about alcohol and violence

Di Mahoney, Byron Youth Service. The statistics on a whole range of indicators for Byron Bay – including, but not limited to – the crime statistics show a major problem with alcohol-related harm.

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...

Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part of the Rous County Council...

Dog off-leash parks coming to Tweed

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point. ‘The draft concept plan for John...

Byron businesses buckle down

The Greater Sydney lockdown has had a direct impact on local businesses who have seen a dramatic fall in customer numbers, particularly in Byron Bay.