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 →
Matthew France, Pottsville. For those who would like some simple information about the Black Rocks oval / Men’s Shed issue. I am disappointed at what is essentially a simple issue, once again becoming unnecessarily complicated. On one hand you have... Read More →
Syd Craythorn, Byron Bay. ‘Holiday letting’ seems to be a term used mainly by the real estate industry, not the planning law fraternity. To my knowledge there is no definition of ‘holiday letting’ in either the state or local planning... Read More →
Bruce Apps, Townsend. The politics is alive and well but the decision to cut penalty rates from our low paid workers shows that we have a Fair Work Commission lacking in empathy and compassion with a belief that it was... Read More →
Lori Scinto, Pottsville . Dear Mr troy Green: can you please once again address why this convoy is being allowed to go ahead and who authorised the Men's Shed to have a key to open up the boom gate at the sports field entrance?
Paul Belin, secretary, Action Group Association. Jeremy Holmes, spokesperson for the Byron Bay Railroad Company (BBRC) claimed that a video of train serial number 721, shown on the (unofficial) Byron Bay Train Facebook site is a different train to the one it will operate and is operating under vastly different conditions (Byron Shire Echo, 8 February 2017).
Asren Pugh, Bangalow The decision by Fair Work Australia to slash Sunday weekend rates is a devastating blow to the North Coast community. It will cut the wages of some of the lowest paid workers by up to $6000 per year. People on Award wages usually spend their entire wage, with little left over to save. This means there is $6000 per year that will no longer be spent in our region and at our local small businesses.
Dave Norris, president, Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc Dear P&DMS members and convoy co-organiser, We note that P&DMS and others have organised a convoy on 26/2/2017, terminating at the Black Rocks sports field where celebrations will be held. The Threatened Species... Read More →
Mel Nixon, Lennox Head I have many reasons that I want the eastern road at Lake Ainsworth to be kept open, some of which are entirely personal, some are in support of my family and friends, and some are for the enjoyment and more importantly, safety, of all users of the Lake, and the adjacent surf club and caravan park.
Dr Antoinette Ensbey, Bangalow. What to do with rural land to answer our need for healthy environments? Instead of the proposed food hub close to Bangalow village, I’d suggest a) reforestation along Byron Creek and restoration of rainforest; b) splitting the... Read More →
Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads. It was the blokes from Byron Bay, Bangalow, Mullumbimby, Billinudgel, Burringbar and Brunswick Heads who had returned from the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front who planted Coastal Cypress Pines as a memorial to the Battle... Read More →
Cherie Heale, Brunswick Heads. I for one would like to hear from the boys! Its ok for us all to make copious comments about what you think, why you think it, and who you blame for it? Maybe you don’t... Read More →
Lorraine Cobcroft, Pottsville. Reece Byrnes should not be indulging a vocal minority who have no genuine interest in the welfare of senior men and are ignoring the safety, security and access issues presented by putting a semi-industrial facility for senior... Read More →
L. Cronin, Billinudgel. As we have few ways to raise money from tourists to maintain our crumbling infrastructure, I am all in favour of extending paid parking to Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby, and raising the fee to $4 per hour... Read More →
Brian Warrick, Bangalow. I’m not sure if I am allowed to write a good news, happy story in your paper as most of the letters printed seem to be from rather bitter people not enjoying life at all. Please get... Read More →
Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Bay. Byron Shire Council has now submitted to the state government to pursue a 33.5 per cent permanent rate rise across the shire.
Jenny Bush, Wilsons Creek. Gareth Smith's letters on the Israeli occupation of Palestine is a political statement, not a racist or misogynist one. It says nothing about Jews, but highlights only the terrible oppression of the Palestinians.
Rick Molloy, Goonengerry. So many people are horrified by the illegal occupation of Palestine by the Israeli state, that's why it is important that this brutal gross injustice is constantly brought to attention.