26.2 C
Byron Shire
March 8, 2021

What community service?

Latest News

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Other News

Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

Suffolk Park residents pressure councillors over pump track

Councillors, Michael Lyon and Jeanette Martin, met Suffolk Park residents on Saturday to hear concerns around the proposed pump bike track, which is slated for the Linda Vidler park.

Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.

Note to Graeme Faulkner, Byron Shire Council general manager:

A community service in my dictionary is defined as ‘voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area’. Not sure your comment on the front page of last Wednesday’s Echonetdaily really fits that description.

Are you seriously wanting the community to believe that the provision of roads in our shire is delivering a valuable community service? Wouldn’t it have been more honest to just say we are spending money on our pothole-ridden roads and leave it at that?

In the meantime, your cost-cutting measure to achieve a balanced budget has strangled the only meagre support Byron Council provides to numerous voluntary organisations throughout the shire. Your comment confuses the dual role of local government to provide adequate facilities and services as outlined in the Local Government Act.

By the way, my dictionary defines infrastructure as ‘the basic physical and organisational structures and facilities (eg buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise’. Local government has a role to play in supporting not just infrastructure but also services in our community.

Paul Spooner, Byron Bay


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.

What’s happening with South Ballina Beach?

The debate about the future of the beaches south of Ballina is heating up again as councils and concerned citizens grapple with the ongoing issue of 4WD-related damage.

Thirteen students inducted into Tweed Youth Council

The Youth Council program hopes develop better relations between Council and Tweed’s young people, by encouraging a mutual respect, and providing opportunities to contribute to civic life in a constructive and meaningful manner.