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NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Lock On

My heroes are people like climate change activist Mali Cooper, the 22-year-old Lismore woman who was among 12 people charged for blocking the entry to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel. Mali and her friends brought Sydney to a standstill and they did it knowing the consequences under the new NSW protest laws. It’s no longer a $400 fine. Protesters now face up to two years jailtime and/or a fine of $22k. 

Old man shouts at cloud #3

At a beachside town a couple of years ago I saw a young couple dressed as Goths. Not as cathedrals in that style of architecture, or as members of an axe-wielding Germanic tribe, or as characters in an Emily Bronte novel (though that’s fairly close), but as the black-clothed, black eyelinered Emo youth of the 1980s and ‘90s.

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Fuel stolen from farmer

The cost of fuel continues to be a major consideration in the budget, particularly in country areas where distances travelled are inevitably further for your average daily needs like accessing shops, schools and other activities.

Car park housing

In recent weeks the idea by Council to develop the existing car park in Station Street has dropped out...

Undesirable

​​An undeniable purpose in living is enjoyment, due to the fact that we have the capability to enjoy. What...

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Extreme fire weather days in Australia have doubled

Extreme fire weather days in Australia have doubled, yet according to new research from an international team of scientists, including the CSIRO, extreme fire weather days have increased in Australia by 56 per cent over the last four decades.

BOM clarifies rain warning

Sarah Scully, Senior Meterologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, has this afternoon issued a statement clarifying the BOM's latest understanding of the flood risk to NSW.

Showers and thunderstorms to continue with flood watches in place

The Bureau of Meteorology says that for the northern New South Wales coast, and parts of the Northern Tablelands, north of and including Forster, occasional showers and thunderstorms may result in heavy rainfall.

Man missing in Lismore flood waters, hotel guests stuck on roof

State Emergency Services has warned it will be impossible to help all those in need as flood and storm warnings continue on the Northern Rivers.

Severe storm warning for Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology [BOM] is warning of very dangerous rainfall and life threatening flash floods on the Northern Rivers.

SES issues urgent flood warning for entire Northern Rivers

The NSW State Emergency Services issued an urgent flood warning to Northern Rivers residents arouund 7.30am Monday via social media.

BoM predicts warm and dry Christmas Day

The Bureau of Meteorology says that Australians eagerly await their Christmas Day forecast – should Christmas lunch be inside or outside, will the surf be safe for a swim, will it be wet on the roads; these are just some of the questions they help you answer each year

Rural health under threat from climate change

The National Rural Health Alliance has called on the federal government to take tangible action on climate change, saying inaction has serious consequences for rural health.

Severe thunderstorms forecast in Northern Rivers

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued on Monday afternoon for parts of the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands.

Flood warnings for the Richmond and Wilsons

Parts of NSW continue to experience unsettled weather, as a low pressure trough over the eastern part of the state brings a humid air mass into the north east.

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I...