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February 23, 2024

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Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the...

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Pushing Up the Tempo

Paving her way in the music scene, Yazmin has played alongside some of the biggest artists in the world at venues throughout Australia, Bali and the UK. She has spent her time in the industry supporting the likes of Kaskade, Futuristic Polar Bears, Savage, The Potbelleez, Stafford Brothers, Joel Fletcher, Hilton Caswell and many more!

Tamara Smith announces new Wollongbar preschool

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Early Learning Spokesperson, has welcomed an announcement from the NSW government to build a new public preschool adjacent to Wollongbar public school.

Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns

Exciting news for the 1,000 or so enthusiastic paddlers who come for competition, the dress-up fun, a family outing or showcasing their individual craft – the Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns !

Wallum: councillors failed to listen to the community

Thank you, Councillors Lyon, Pugh and Coorey for explaining what went wrong with the Wallum development application (DA) process on Facebook. The community f*cked up because they failed to object?

Tallowood Estate open space deal on hold

Byron Shire Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to accept an offer on a large parcel of forested ridgeline land above the Tallowood Ridge Estate near Mullumbimby.

Non-alcohol options

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for a period, or just managing your consumption, the better your non-alcoholic drink tastes, the more likely you are to stick to your strategy. While I’m not a big beer drinker, at my local pub I’ll always grab a beer, and the other night I found the Hiatus Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale, with its classic tropical aromas, but a little bitterness, perfect for the warm summer evening.

Parents and students must stand up to bullying

Dear Editor

I read with great sadness the story on Ballina High School in Echonetdaily.  Sad because these children are traumatised.  Sad because the boy who wanted to kill the bully is traumatised; and even sadder that the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) (its new name) continues to stick its head in the sand and take no responsibility.

To the parents of the students who are being bullied, to the parents of the students who are witnessing this type of stress, and to the parents of the boy who had the knife and was threatening to  kill either the bully or himself: you too have a choice.  This boy is experiencing extreme levels of stress, he is deeply traumatised and needs support.  This is not a boy who wants to kill anyone; he’s desperate and can’t see any other way out of his hell.  Bullying is hell, violent and traumatic.

Most people don’t realise they can go to the police.  Bullying is violence.  Cyberbullying can be reported to police and action will be taken.  There are police–school liaison officers in the region you can speak with and they do training in schools on this issue.  Parents could come together and speak to a lawyer about how DEC is failing in their duty of care to their students.  The department can do something; they just don’t or won’t.  Time for a ‘please explain’ campaign by parents and citizens.

How many fatalities do there need to be before definitive action is taken?

To the mother of the girl who spoke up: well done.  This young person is doing what all witnesses (bystanders) should do, speak up.  Silence is agreement.  The principal must take responsibility and just because it happens outside school hours does not absolve him from taking action.  These matters are serious.  Parents, do not wait for DEC to do anything, do as this mother has done: speak out loudly.

Linda Bradbury

Advocate for Targets of Workplace Bullying

Mobile: 0438 478 807

PhD Candidate Deakin University

Thesis topic:  The lived experience of teachers bullied and mobbed by their colleagues.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust Survivor

Even Mungo shouldnt criticise Betty

Mungo! At least she does her duty; she is an icon to many and that keeps minds from wandering into other areas, which may be good or bad; at least there is a 50/50 chance. Her family has failed to offer moral leadership, but she hasn’t. I think you will lose respect by this video.

Rishisonline

The above message appeared on our video page. You to can leave a message when you go to http://www.youtube.com/user/echonetvideo


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NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?