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July 19, 2024


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Ready for the meta-crisis?

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has caused shock waves, but it’s sadly not surprising this would happen, with so much hate and vitriol being expressed in the US presidential race.

Other News

BayFM lands major grant 

Independent local radio station, BayFM 99.9, has received a major grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, enabling it to plan big for the future. 

Getting the word out on wildlife

The Young and Wild project by young women and run by Byron Youth Service (BYS) has produced wildlife stickers and murals, all to raise awareness of the plight of our native animals.

Keeping the Outback alive with patronage

We do love the sunburnt country on our wide brown land, but businesses are falling by the wayside as travellers bypass small towns, or worse, stop to spend a penny but not a few dollars.

Young readers well catered for with contemporary books and rising stars

This year’s festival features some of the buzziest young authors, including Bri Lee, author of Eggshell Skull with a new novel called The Work. Lee will appear alongside zeitgeisty author Jessie Tu with The Honeyeater.

Go north for great films

Celebrating its tenth year, the 2024 Saxo Scandinavian Film Festival full program has been launched with a stellar line-up showcasing the best new cinema from the Nordic region.

Experience books in a whole new way at Byron Writers Festival

“Living eulogies”, launches and poetic performances – Australia’s largest regional writers festival embraces the theatrical with a series of evening feature events.

Power to the people

Residents of the Tweed have been divided over the sustainability of future development based on the shire’s future water needs. Whether a new dam is built or developers have to put in place other ways of securing water, the reality of an increase in population overlooks another important issue.

It was reported this week that there is major concern by power providers that during the hot weather this past week, and with more to come, there is the likelihood of power outages as maximum levels of power production are exceeded by the needs of residents.

It has to be blindingly obvious that without additional power plants an increase in the population of the Tweed might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Forget about just air-conditioning. If power is lost for any time, people with tanks won’t be able to pump water, food in refrigerators will be at risk, for those with electric stoves cooking won’t happen, and then there is fuel, medical needs and even the ability to shop because no power means no means of doing transactions.

Perhaps Tweed Shire Council and the developers should be also have to consider how much of an impact any development will have on the shire’s power needs. In a sustainable community, electricity has to be as important and even more important than just creating more water.

Perhaps the money that some councillors want to spend on new dam might be better off being spent on providing the future residents of the Tweed with sustainable power.

Robert Franzos, Murwillumbah


Great work

Congratulations on your 100th issue. I read Echonet almost daily. It’s great you are expanding and even better Luis will be contributing – he’s a great journo and has definite local knowledge.  People trust him and tend to give more in an interview.  He will deliver the real issues!

Great work.

Maryn Wagstaff


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