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March 22, 2023

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Swimming champs Sydney bound for finals

Congratulations to Wilsons Creek Public School students Ruby, Eddie, Goldie and Ayla, who have made it to the state swimming finals, to be held in Sydney at the end of the term. 

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Seat of Lismore has 1,000 new constituents after Electoral Commission redistribution

There are about 1,000 new constituents in the Byron Shire hinterland who at this Saturday’s election come into the Electorate of Lismore because of a NSW Electoral Commission redistribution.

Main Arm road works update

Further to last week’s Echo newspaper story Main Arm Road repairs grant unsuccessful, Council’s General Manager, Mark Arnold, told...

NSW Greens MP defends Nats smear

NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has defended a political post on Facebook by Nationals candidate Josh Booyens. Booyens claims Smith...

Green support SSF and free parking at Tweed Valley Hospital

Protecting State Significant Farmland (SSF) and committing to free parking at the new Tweed Valley Hospital are issues Green...

Debrah Novak on mining and waste incinerators in Clarence

Independent candidate for Clancence, Debrah Novak, tells The Echo what her position is on mining in the Clarance catchment and the proposed Casino thermal waste incinerator. 

 Uki Refugee Project and Mt St Pat’s join forces for refugees

The Mount Saint Patrick College in Murwillumbah held an assembly of 850 students, teaching staff and members of the Uki Refugee Project to officially open their new sports house called Romero House – in honour of Saint Romero.

At the gateway to the former ‘City of Arts’, the centre of the ‘Green Cauldron’, the notorious yellow arches of the McDonald’s 24-hour restaurant complex will still be as big as a warehouse wall, superimposed on Mt Warning as an introduction to the town of Murwillumbah to visitors coming from the direction of Tweed and for shoppers returning from Tweed City, Bunnings and The Goodguys.

If they haven’t stopped at the first McDonald’s and BP to top up with fats and petrol, this is a second chance, only 15 minutes later to buy fats, fizzy drinks and this time groceries at the expanded IGA, without which approval for McDonald’s would have been unlikely. At least IGA is locally owned.

Will the tradespeople designing, building and maintaining the complex be local?

How many adults supporting families will be long-term employees?

What percentage of the food ingredients will come from local producers?

What higher education and career opportunities will be available for the young teenage workers?

Will Tweed Shire ratepayers foot the bill for late-night security/vandalism/crime?

Rubbish from KFC has been seen along the road and as far as Byangum bridge. Will this be a new source of rubbish?

For the benefit of the people already struggling with obesity from poor nutrition, the struggling food-businesspeople, and the locals and visitors who are attracted to the uniquely beautiful views of trees and mountains, please let’s find a way to reverse the approval and resist the powerful economic cudgel of another foreign-owned giant.

Ari Ehrlich, Tyalgum



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