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Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

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Byron Bay wins national boardriders grand final

Byron Bay Boardriders have pulled off a massive upset beating powerhouse clubs to take out the Australian Boardriders grand...

Forget red meat, red seaweed might be the vital food needed on our plates

Seaweed farming might hold the key to massive improvements in carbon sequestration, biodiversity loss and food security say Queensland researchers.

Protecting biodiversity will take more than just the ‘30×30’ target

A 2019 UN report Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ found that ‘nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history’.

Corporate governance breaches

I totally agree with Warren’s comments on our system of free-market capitalism in Australia, (28 January). This is despite...

Temporary pods

The very long wait for temporary pods to house those affected by the unprecedented floods has finally been all...

Community advocacy

I am a small business owner of Byron Central Apartments. Tamara Smith MP has recently supported us on two...

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Green tree frogs rescued at Lennox Head

Thanks to two locals there were 15 green tree frogs rescued from certain death last week on the walk up to the Pat Morton lookout at Lennox Head. 

Dog attack on wallaby South Golden Beach – joey rescued

A dog attacked a swamp wallaby yesterday (Tuesday, 3 May) at South Golden Beach (SGB) seriously distressing witnesses, one of whom attempted to get...

Our tawny frogmouth family nest

Tawny frogmouths face a number of threats from human activities and pets so keep an eye out for them and make sure you call WIRES if they need help.

SOS: Save Our Species Oz bush dance and all round fun this Sunday

It has just been announced that Waangenga Blanco, ex Bangarra dancer and choreographer, will be performing a visually spectacular Ochre Dance at this Sunday's SOS Oz bush dance and fundraiser for wildlife.

Ringtail joey rescued near land-clearing site

A tiny ringtail possum joey has been rescued in the vicinity of a newly cleared patch of land on Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry. Ringtails usually have two joeys, however, and the fate of little Carmel's mum and sibling are unknown.

Ever wondered what to do with injured wildlife? 

Local vets and the Macadamia Castle wildlife team are calling for help to set up a wildlife hospital on the northern rivers in recognition of the specialist care needed for caring for our native Australian wildlife.

Snakes are on the move…

The days are warming up and WIRES is warning people that snakes are starting become more active – so keep your eyes open to ensure you keep out of their way.

Cocos palms prove deadly for wildlife

WIRES were called to Casino when a local noticed a  the local currawongs swooping something stuck high in a palm tree. It was a Grey-headed flying-fox which had become entangled in the palm fronds.

As breeding season approaches, nesting boxes are needed

Many Australian birds and mammals need nest hollows to shelter and raise their young. But as tree removal has seen a massive drop in available nesting sites for our native species.

‘Miracle’: dog saves joey instead of attacking it

WIRES all too frequently receives calls about wallabies that have been attacked by dogs. Sadly, the outcome is almost always tragic. So in March this year when the WIRES Hotline was phoned about a joey that had been brought in by a dog, WIRES expected the worst.

Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.