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What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

January 26 – a conflicting day for Australians

January 26. A conflicting date for many Australians. For some, this date reflects over 200 years of destruction and denigration of our traditional customs, values, languages, and cultural landscapes.

Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

Lismore Thistles sign Coach of the Year to lead Premier League team

Lismore Thistles have signed 2020 Northern NSW Coach of the Year, Chris Layland, to take charge of the men’s Premier League team for the upcoming 2021 season.

Foolish guestimates

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores The article in The Echo titled A short history of our rail line debate is anything...

Growing underclass

Jo Faith, Newtown According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every single human has a right to be housed....

Stories about "water":

Blue-green algae alerts at Uki and Bray Park Weir

Tweed Council is wanting to assure residents that treated water from the Tweed mains supply remains safe to drink despite alerts for blue-green algae being extended in the Shire.

King tides to bring salt water over Ballina roads

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads. 

Blue-green algae amber alert at Clarrie Hall Dam

Tweed Shire Council says its reticulated water supply remains safe to drink as water treatment processes remove any potential toxins, together with taste and odour compounds, from blue-green algae.

Water Compliance appointment ‘cronyism’?

The appointment of a former NSW Nationals party leader as Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance is taking ‘cronyism to new heights’, according to Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive, Chris Gambian

Council adjusts treatment processes to improve taste of water

Tweed Shire Council say their reticulated water is safe to drink despite recent concerns that it tastes 'earthy'.

Draft Far North Coast Water Strategy a welcome change

Local water conservations group WATER Northern Rivers Alliance say they welcome the diverse water supply options featured in the Far NorthCoast Water Strategy released by the NSW Government on Friday.

Reimagining our water: National Water Week

The issues and challenges of clean, safe and abundant water are an ongoing problem in many parts of the world – and it's not just about drinking water. We need safe supplies of water for crops, for our homes and for our future.

Activists disrupt Adani rail corridor construction as water licence is challenged

‘You can’t drink coal’ was the point made by activist and Adelaide Hills writer Ben Winch when he locked himself to a cattle grid on Stratford Road near Mt Coolon, stopping Adani's construction work for their rail corridor this morning.

Ballina Council discuss future water for region

The Dunoon Dam came up for discussion at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting, although it was not on the agenda.

Exploring a threatened valley

Jules Petroff and his family are literally at the centre of the proposed Dunoon Dam. Although their property will gain spectacular water views if the Rous County Council project is built, they are implacably opposed. We went on a special tour to find out why.

Hand-picked beans make the best brew for Bangalow Coffee

Story & photo Melissa Butters Andy and Michelle have been serving up great coffee at farmers markets for 18 years. Andy, an exploration geologist, and...

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or bangers and mash. Food in clubs...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling case for a rail trail,...