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One person is in ICU with covid in the Northern Rivers region

There is one person in ICU in the Northern NSW Local Health District and 23 people in hospital with COVID-19. 

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

Recalcitrant dogs

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Bringing learning and play together

Byron Bay High School’s new agility course recognises the importance of play for learning and has students from all years actively playing during breaks and PDHPE lessons, according to Byron Bay High’s Principal, Janine Marcus.

One person is in ICU with covid in the Northern Rivers region

There is one person in ICU in the Northern NSW Local Health District and 23 people in hospital with COVID-19. 

I am outraged

The insert in The Echo (8 May) could be taken to imply that cloud seeding was the cause of recent...

Reactivating Lismore with markets

Lismore CBD is about to receive a boost with two of its largest markets coming to Lismore’s CBD to help reactivate local economy and sense of community. 

Follow the Leda

Leda’s claims that an independent inquiry may be necessary into Tweed Shire Council’s planning processes have been rejected by Mayor Barry Longland.

Mr van Rij, Leda’s top honcho, said earlier this week an independent inquiry into the deficiencies exposed by his company may be necessary.

I’m with Reg on this. I think a thorough inquiry into all aspects of planning behind the King’s Forest and Cobaki Lakes, high-density mini-cities, is a good idea. Then we may see not only the deficiencies exposed by his company but the deficiencies of the company itself.

Chris Degenhardt (Tweed Shire resident)


Time for Leda-ship

What a pity; what a shame; what a missed opportunity. Leda has shown, by its predatory and aggressive attitude towards our landscape, natural resources and community, that it is unable to understand the beauty and integrity of the Caldera context.

Bob Ell and Reg van Rij seem to prefer confrontation to cooperation in their fundamental attitude towards developing their/our greenfield sites into human settlements appropriate for this unique bio-region in 2011.

The contempt for our inherent/inherited landforms and vegetation and the bullyboy attitude towards our community is weird and delinquent considering the commercial reality that the company must ultimately sell these sterile bits of dirt to the public for large sums of money.

There is a softer, more ecologically sustainable and cooperative way where natural values and ecosystems are honoured and nurtured.

Even if Leda have a virtual monopoly on new greenfield residential development, it should still make economic and ecological sense to tread softly and sympathetically rather than rape, scrape, burn and bulldoze.

Adversarial abuse of the community is just as senseless as making war on the landscape.

Hop E Hopkins

Co-ordinator, Caldera Environment Centre

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