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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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NRCG Volunteer Expressions of Interest

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is calling for expressions of interest for volunteers to support the gallery through assisting with front-of-house operations, customer service and sales.

Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

Comment: Net sober by 2050!

With Scott Morrison about to jet off to Glasgow for the UN COP 26 Climate Change Conference, I’ve got some unexpected and exciting news of my own: I’ve decided to take advice around my health and wellbeing and give up drinking! 

A history of ‘freedom’ and the Northern Rivers vaccine divide

Among the many myths about the COVID-19 vaccines is a belief they contain live virus that a vaccinated person will shed in social and intimate circumstances. Along with many other vaccine myths, this belief is contributing to a significant divide in the Northern Rivers community.

Black bellied whale sighted at Ballina dubbed ‘Liquorice’

For years southern waters whale watchers have been keeping their eyes keen for Migaloo and his offspring, but just...

Cartoon of the week – 27 October, 2021

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Cyclists injured near Eviron during racing event

Police say an investigation is underway after multiple cyclists were injured during a cycling event on Sunday morning.

Annual fundraiser for life saving chopper service

With all face to face fundraising and major event activity on hold as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has launched its annual appeal with a goal to raise over $300,000.

Helicopter surprise at Mullum’s Uncle Tom’s

Staff at a take-away food store got a windy surprise this morning when a helicopter landed on the road in front of their business.

Thanks to Westpac for ditching Adani

Andrew Bennett, Murwillumbah.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Westpac Bank for changing their sustainability policy which now rules out funding any...

Lismore protests Westpac and Adani

This morning around 60 people turned up outside Lismore’s Westpac bank, including the knitting nannas, asking them not to fund the the proposed Adani Carmichael mine in the galilee basin of Queensland.

Protesters against Adani target Westpac in Lismore

Lismore Environment Centre is rallying the community together this morning at 10am outside the Westpac Bank, Molesworth Street, Lismore to highlight opposition to funding of the mine.

Which bank is about to exit Mullumbimby?

One of the big four banks is about to remove its shingle from a Mullumbimby shopfront. Find out what is in store for its account-holders.

Lawyers launch class action on bank fees

A sweeping class action worth hundreds of millions of dollars will be lodged against major banks over credit card late fees.

Should the Northern Rivers be opening up to mines?

The question of whether or not mining should be allowed in the Northern Rivers has once again been raised and the issue is being brought to the table in the NSW Parliament.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...