Sue Arnold, Australians for Animals NSW Inc. Brunswick Heads Koalas in NSW are in real strife. Habitat loss, dog attacks, vehicle strikes, development and climate change are driving the species to potential extinction. The recent heatwaves and climate change are impacting eucalypt leaves, diminishing moisture and nutrition.
Cr Ron Cooper, Kingscliff. I think the vast majority of Kingscliff residents and visitors will be celebrating the first step in securing their three-storey height limit. This has been a 33-year fight since the first eight storey buildings were proposed... Read More →
John Scrivener, Main Arm. Colin Clarke’s latest tirade – Bangalow food hub opponents elitist – sets a new low for letters to the editor. When he’s not spruiking for nuclear power and genetic engineering, Colin likes to use the Echo’s letters section... Read More →
Menkit Prince, Uki Dear Editor Labor has not resolved the issue of the men’s shed going or not going to Black Rocks. It has only succeeded in driving the community apart. Our Concert for the Koalas drew 300-400 people. The men’s... Read More →
Tina Loven, Byron Bay So I stumbled across this so newly named laneway only to be overwhelmed with a ‘Oh No, What Have They Done Here?’ As the project was called Elysium I looked up what this means and, apart... Read More →
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. If the people who want to rip up the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line are so convinced there’s no community support for a regular commuter train service from Casino to Coolangatta Airport, to service eight out of ten... Read More →
David Hall, Ocean Shores. When Byron Shire Council meets next week, one decision facing them is to restate the boundaries they have previously set for the three Brunswick Heads camping grounds (as council is by legislation the consent authority).
Jeremy Cornford, Kingscliff. So Tweed councillor Reece Byrnes makes good on his promise to promote petty populism and political ambition at the expense of a long-term solution to the Pottsville Mens Shed fiasco.
Will Jeffery, Nimbin It’s clear that grieving for the train is still going on in our community nearly thirteen years after the service was withdrawn. The train was loved and still missed today. I genuinely sympathise about the loss of the train but as a community, we cannot allow our brilliant future to be held back any longer.
Colin Clarke, Ocean Shores. How elitist are our precious Bangalow anti-development campaigners? Firstly, to set the record straight in regard to Tom Tabart’s comments: if that land is zoned or is capable of being zoned as industrial, then the current... Read More →
Doug Luke, coordinator,Victims Of Holiday Letting. Victims Of Holiday Letting would like to correct misleading information provided by two councillors in Echonetdaily articles. In Echonetdaily of January 24, Cr Richardson stated that ‘Council’s legal challenges for holiday letting compliance had... Read More →
Menkit Prince, Uki. Labor Cr Reece Byrnes has failed to fulfil his job as an elected representative of the Tweed shire community. He said that by voting for a Men’s Shed in the middle of core koala habitat was what... Read More →
Peter Walton, Director International, Australian Red Cross To the Editor Six-year-old Yousra is the same age as the war in Syria. All she has known is war and when my colleagues met her, she was playing hopscotch among the... Read More →
Gary Opit, Yelgun. Dear Letters Editor, For those wondering what happened to ex-Byron Shire Councillor Diane Woods, I found a letter from her in the Gold Coast Sun, Upper Northern Edition, March 1 2017. Diane wrote: ‘Having moved to Hope Island... Read More →
Malcolm Price, president, Creative Mullum Inc. We philosopher kings of Creative Mullumbimby, although to be fair we are philosopher kings and queens, are committed to creating public art that tells local stories about people and place, that employs our many artists who are such an integral part of our community.
Cr Catherine Coorey. The Byron Shire Echo (1/3/17) reported that I voted against moving forward with Byron Shire Council's Draft Residential Strategy that included measures for delivering ‘affordable' housing. I fully support measures for low cost housing to ensure that Byron is a broad demography, not just an enclave of well-heeled retirees and refugees from the city scattered among empty holiday let houses. Disclosure: I am a refugee from the city.
Sue Arnold, Ocean Shores. Sir, On 11 January, 2017, Shannon Burt, Council’s Director of Sustainable Environment & Economy (an oxymoron if ever there was one), replied to the Department of Planning (DOP) request to various stakeholders for relevant issues in... Read More →
Dave Lisle Mullumbimby. Full marks to Jason Patrix for writing about ‘Sniffer Dog Madness’ in The Echo last week. If you missed it, Jason related a story about police with sniffer dogs invading a Mullumbimby pub and subjecting patrons trying to... Read More →
Adrian Kennedy, Bangalow. While Bangalow residents may not agitate like other residents in the shire in response to the wrongs done to them, it would be wrong to underestimate the fury and anger the prospect of the Bangalow food precinct development... Read More →
Ashley Fruno, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia Dear Editor, Here’s a warning to anyone who works in an industry that uses animals: if you abuse animals or allow someone to do so, you will get caught.... Read More →
This is a message to the rock-throwers of St Helena. It's 9.30 at night, we’re travelling at 80kph down St Helena Hill, headlights pushing back the dark. Suddenly, out of nowhere a rock flashes into view and smashes into our car windscreen. Shards of glass shower the driver. The windscreen shatters into opaque crystals, completely blocking visibility.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. It is heartening that Matt Corbett from Clunes has no problem with the mega-development proposed for Bangalow, after all most industrial traffic will go East through our town and he will not be bothered.
Des Bellamy, PETA Australia. We all know the dairy industry is in deep crisis as prices plummet, but now we are witnessing signs of terminal panic, with the demand from the industry to ban the word 'milk' from soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, oat milk and any other milk which does not fill their shrinking coffers.
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra. The climate change debate, important to most people aspiring to a sustainable future, has reached the pinnacle of achievement for our adversarial democracy; total ideological log-jam.
Chad Kolcze, coordinator, The Uncle Project. I feel compelled to share my views on the creative art, amazing craftsmanship and positive vibes that was the recent Byron Bay Surf Festival. From the beginning, a powerful beautiful respectful Welcome to Country... Read More →