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West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to...

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Biodiversity concerns ‘noted’ in favour of new Lennox Head RFS and preschool

Ballina shire councillors voted unanimously at a meeting last week to support a consultancy’s findings regarding suitability of land on Lennox Head for a new RFS station and preschool.

Resilience NSW provides redacted, inaccurate docs

A Mullumbimby resident, who used FOI to seek the information that Resilience NSW relied upon to justify creating emergency housing on flood-prone land in Prince Street, was supplied with heavily redacted documents.

Call to halt approved Kingscliff developments over flood risks

Kingscliff locals fear that approved, but not yet built developments, will cause more intense flooding of existing houses in the future if the developments go ahead.

Sue Higginson introduces bill to ban fossil fuel ads

Greens NSW Upper House MP Sue Higginson has today given notice of a bill set to ban fossil fuel advertising in New South Wales.

Spring now: Barrio Eatery & Bar

Simon Haslam Barrio Eatery & Bar follows the seasons and, with the weather warming up, spring is the perfect time...

Honing the art of deep listening

The impacts of the floods earlier in the year are far-reaching, and the Mullumbimby High School P&C has recently received a $50,000 flood grant from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) to help the entire community.

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Oregon is on crack

While the NSW government grapples with perhaps the worst state budget deficit ever this week – along with neverending scandals revolving around their lack of a moral compass, greed and hubris – there’s a bill making its way through Parliament that should concern those interested in the neverending and ridiculous ‘war on drugs’.

Cannabis worth over $6.5 million seized; two charged – Coffs Harbour

Two people have been charged with large commercial drug supply, and police have seized more than 3000 cannabis plants and nine stolen vehicles, as part of an ongoing investigation into drug cultivation and distribution in the Nambucca Valley.

Editorial: Failing the drug test

As a parent it is hard at times not to fall into the trap of authoritarianism. It always seems like a simpler, clearer way forward – I’m the boss and I want you till do what I tell you for your own good. You’ve got to the count of three – I know best!

The ‘war on drugs’ failed so where to now? Time to have your say

A special inquiry into the use of the drugs 'ice' and methamphetamine in NSW is calling for submissions from the public on how to manage the impact of the drugs on local communities and individuals.

Will the NSW government decriminalise drugs?

While the NSW government is launching an enquiry into the impact, use and response to ice (aka crystal methamphetamine) the real question is will they actually listen to the experts?

Police spot drug paraphernalia on seat of car

About 11.30am on Saturday, May 13, a police noticed male was located in a silver coloured Ford Fiesta that was parked on Chinderah Bay Drive at Chinderah with a number of drug related items beside him in the car.

War on drugs

 Dave Lisle Mullumbimby.  Full marks to Jason Patrix for writing about ‘Sniffer Dog Madness’ in The Echo last week. If you missed it, Jason related a...

Masked men lead police on chase at Nimbin

A post on the RIchmond Local Area Command Facebook page about police arresting a group of so-called 'lane boys' in Nimbin and charging them with offences related to marijuana has unleashed a slew of comments against the force's 'war on drugs'.

War on drugs creates organised crime

John Scrivener, Main Arm. The war on drugs is one of the permanent wars waged for the exclusive benefit of the war profiteering plutocracy, not only arms dealers and private military firms, but also the agencies, institutes and organisations that exist to normalize, legitimise and promote the permanent war industry.

After the Scream: why the war on drugs is unwinnable

Almost one hundred years after the start of the war on drugs, I found myself stuck on one of its more minor battlefields. One of my closest relatives had been rock-bottoming on cocaine again, while my ex-boyfriend was picking up a crack pipe.

Odd row of lights

Just following up the letter from Sarah Smith in the August 31 issue. It was a Starlink satellite train. My webcam captured the scene. Michael...

Trampling of the graves of the murdered: reply to Will Liley

As I read Will Liley’s response to my article in dedication to my late uncle, I recalled the poem in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Clandestine in Chile:

Murwillumbah mega-school merger public meeting on Monday

Opposition to the merger of the four Murwillumbah Schools, which includes two primary and two high schools, remains strong. Monday will see Leader of the NSW opposition MP Chris Minns and local MP Janelle Saffin joining concerned parents, students and community members at a town hall meeting in Murwillumbah on Monday at 5.30pm.

Byron Council looking at rain damage

Byron Shire Council says they have staff out and about across the Shire today assessing damage from the rain.