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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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Good start to season for Byron Beez basketballers

Byron Bay basketballers have started the season strongly with the women picking up a win, and a narrow loss,...

Barilaro begs off today’s Upper House committee inquiry

Today's scheduled hearing for the Upper House committee inquiry into the appointment of Mr John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas has been cancelled.

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Council: Goonellabah park not available for pods

Tuesday’s debate in the Lismore Council chambers was mostly about the community’s need for open, green space for sport and recreation balanced against the need for places to live.

Fairy of the week – 17 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

Stories about "whales":

Out of the Blue Adventures wins Tourism Hero Award

A local whale watching and eco-tourism business has been announced as one of the region's Local Tourism Heroes at a gala dinner co-hosted by Destination North Coast.

First mum and bub southern right whales spotted this season

The first southern right whale and calf captured on camera this season in NSW is adding to the conservation of their species as part of a project helping marine mammal experts identify individual whales.

Good news for whales in Iceland

In an announcement that has made conservationsists very happy, Iceland's fisheries minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, has signalled plans to end commercial whaling by 2024 saying there is little economic justification to continue once current quotas expire in 2023. 

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.

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...