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April 19, 2024


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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Teenager arrested following an alleged stabbing

A teenager remains in police custody following an alleged stabbing at a church in Sydney’s south-west overnight.

Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program announces 36 projects

Bridge expansions, upgraded pumps, enhanced evacuation routes and nature-based projects are just a few of the 36 projects being...

Aid workers killed

I along with the Israeli and Jewish community in general mourn with the rest of the world for the...

Express. Empower. Get loud! for Youth Week in Lismore

This year’s Youth Week is theme is Express. Empower. Get loud!

Metal is back at The Northern

Beast Machine are coming home from a successful spell in the United States and the thrash/metal two-piece with their massive sound layered with riff-driven guitars and thundering drums are coming to lift the roof off of the Backroom. Check out their new music video currently out for their latest single ‘Pretend’, which is featured in HEAVY magazine.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Shopping Centres Scare Me

I feel trapped. There isn’t a single time I attend where I don’t check my proximity to the exits, or imagine what I’d do if there was a fire, or worse, a shooter. The sense of being enclosed is unnatural, I can’t tell what time of day it is, I lose my sense of direction. It’s designed to be disorienting. It feels otherworldly. And never in a good way. They are designed to make you stay longer. They are by design, disorienting.

Santa Claus of the rental crisis

It was distressing to read (Echo, December 13) about the alleged abuses wrought by a tenant (not a landlord for a change!) who was ‘sharing’ his rented premises with a rather large amount of people for what would seem to be exorbitant rent. Supposedly he feels he is justified in receiving $1,000/week from co-tenants for a property he is leasing. It would seem, if Byron Shire Council was correct in reporting there were 19 people staying there, he is actually receiving much more than that.

At a time when ‘affordable housing’ is the catch-cry for a boom in new granny flats and studios blooming throughout the Shire – with a huge reduction in fees to council but apparently no strictures that these are actually rented at affordable rates – it is disgusting to hear it reported that this individual was actually bleating on about his wonderful ‘hospitality’ in providing homes to the ‘local, young 20-something-years-old people’. Apparently, this man has rented a house and then taken it upon himself to cram in way over the eight people he claims he is allowed to have on the premises out of the goodness of his heart and concern for their ‘safety’.

When he does finally have time to appear in court to answer the charges, I’d love to hear the facts about just what this Santa Claus of the rental crisis is doing. Please keep us informed.

Trude Helm, Byron Bay



Goodbye to Berlin

Well, I never thought I would read a comparson of Byron Bay versus Berlin! (Letters, Decmber 13.)

Maybe, Richard, if clean air, clean water, great community, country living, fresh food from farmers markets, amazing flora and fauna, incredible beaches and surf – I could go on and on – were as important to you as fashion, gym memberships, alcohol prices and internet downloads and LED screens, then a comparison to Berlin is highly unlikely.

Your comparison seems symptomatic of all that’s wrong with the western world. I suspect you want to get many Byron locals swanning off to Berlin based on what you say it has to offer.

Vince Sherry, Myocum

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Wallum urban development back in court

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