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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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Julian Assange: the name that cannot be uttered

Since the news came through I have been keeping an eye and an ear out for further reporting in...

No Ballina commemoration for 11 November

Speaking on behalf of the Ballina RSL sub-branch, Dick Wills BEM has announced that there will be no public commemoration service in Ballina for Remembrance Day next month.

Six new local COVID cases reported

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District to 8pm last night.

NSW – bad to worse

While Gladys has left the building and we have a new religious fanatic in the top job, things are...

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

A dumb act of STP

Council is stating that breaches of licence conditions, in part, justifies spending $10m on transferring raw sewage from Ocean...

Stories about "whales":

Photos reveal devastating toll of ‘walls of death’

Shocking pictures of marine life killed or injured by Queensland shark nets have been obtained under FOI and released this morning by Sea Shepherd Australia, showing dolphins, rays and turtles caught in nets.

Queensland shark nets snare another whale

There seems to be a never-ending stream of non-target species being caught in nets and during the southern migration season, this means whales. The Humane Society International is asking how many is enough?

Whale caught in Gold Coast shark net – again

Yesterday a humpback whale was found in a shark net at Main Beach on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Great Australian Bight important habitat for cetaceans

On far north coast whales and dolphins are part of our lives – there’s nothing better than heading to Cape Byron to look for these beautiful cetaceans.

Whale throws up, goverment alerted

Local man Paul Finnegan says he couldn’t believe his luck after finding a very rare and valuable wax-like substance that was secreted from the intestines of a sperm whale on a local beach last Wednesday.

Stranded whale ‘not connected’ to surfer attack

A whale that was found dead on Seven Mile Beach on Sunday, after apparently being bitten by sharks, had no connection to the shark attack on the same beach a week earlier, according to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Shark nets killing dolphins and whales

Dean Jefferys, marine conservation yacht Migaloo. As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) gets underway this week in Slovenia and as Japan commits its first dolphin kill in Taiji, we have gathered in Hervey Bay to urge for whale and dolphin freedom.

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...