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May 24, 2022

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Comment: Bridging the flooded divide

In the sodden floodplains the divide among those affected has never been clearer – those who were insured, and those who weren’t, renters and owners, Lismore LGA and everywhere else.

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Pension protector?

Powerful Protector of the Pension? Well, not exactly… ABC Fact Check has looked closely at claims made by local MP,...

2022 Environmental Citizen of the Year Awards

Two local groups have been nominated for the he Environmental Citizen of the Year Awards, an initiative of The Australia Day Council of NSW in partnership with Return and Earn.

Climate-related disasters influenced the election, Climate Council says

There was a clear connection between climate change-related disasters and voting in the Federal Election, according to the Climate Council.

Richmond candidates 2022: The Greens, Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan needs little introduction to most readers of The Echo, where she has a weekly column. She is a comedian and journalist running as a candidate for The Greens in the federal seat of Richmond.

More traffic disruption for Lennox Head

The traffic and parking woes of Lennox are going to get worse before they get better (maybe) with temporary diversions announced by Ballina Shire Council, which will be in place from Tuesday until December.

COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

Byron bypass bypassed

The best opportunity for this was ignored by both the Byron Shire Council and the RTA when the route for the T2E was politically chosen. A bypass was possible if the Route D option had been chosen; all that would have been required was an intersection at the Broken Head Road/Midgen Flat Road at Suffolk Park. Had this been designed  in the T2E Pacific Highway it would have given residents and coastal visitors a like a five-minute journey to Ewingsdale from Suffolk Park and  all for a relative low incremental cost.

It all goes to show that the NIMBY behaviour of a few has cost the many. Plus those 86 homes that have had to be acquired on the approved route verses the 16 properties on Route Option D.

A wise former statesman once said, ‘evil persists if good men do nothing,’ or in this case poor planning exists if good politicians do nothing.

Your readers should not be hoodwinked by the spin that the RTA has put out there and will continue to do so to justify the poor quality of bureaucracy we have.

Robert Deards


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Grants to support arts and culture flood recovery

Nearly 50 arts and cultural organisations, screen practitioners, individual artists and collaborative groups impacted by recent floods will have access to $500,000 in funding.

Climate-related disasters influenced the election, Climate Council says

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