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Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

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Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

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.

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.

Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable...

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that...

With all the bad news and the bickering we see in these columns with councillors against councillors, councillors against council staff, chamber of commerce against council, and aspiring mayoral candidates against all the others, it’s hard to imagine that there is any good news around. I challenge and encourage all writers to Echonetdaily to write one ‘feel good’ letter.

Well my good news of the week is meeting Donny… I’ve seen him in my street early one morning dragging a wheelie bin behind him. It wasn’t garbage collection day and he didn’t look like one of my neighbours as he had a cap on backwards and looked more like a street bum (no offense to anyone) except he was collecting rubbish from the side of the kerb and putting it in his bin. So out of curiosity I stopped him and asked him what he was doing and to my great surprise and amazement I found out that he is just a volunteer cleaning up our streets, yes that’s collecting the rubbish other people trash; and beware, Vanpackers, he knows where you park and what trash you leave behind. Anyway he had gardening gloves on and one of those long picking tools given to him by the organisation Green and Clean – well done GCAT. And although this man was a bit shaky, his smile seemed to beam out like the Byron lighthouse. He also mentioned that any donations made to him would go to African orphans, not that he was canvassing me. It was so enlightening to see such free goodwill in this town. I take my hat off to Donny. THANK YOU DONNY!

Minas, Osho’s House, Byron Bay


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Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable as mayor by scripting his...


I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will be independent.’ As long as more...

Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump track will have on our...

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have taken my comments on the...