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May 14, 2021

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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

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‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...


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This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

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Save Mullumbimby Hospital Steering Committee.”

The 16,000-strong Brunswick Valley community, well served by its dedicated emergency department at Mullumbimby Hospital, still awaits the Local Health Board’s decision on that part of the proposal that would see the night doctor removed from the ED.

The chair of the board, Ms Hazel Bridgett, correctly concluded that the proposed removal of the night-shift doctor has been the cause of much anxiety in the community. The board has heard alarming stories of patients and carers having to travel long distances to Tweed when an ambulance was not available locally. Local doctors and a retired surgeon say the ambulance transfers will significantly increase if doctors are removed from our ED, replaced by telehealth. The prospect of turning our ED into a medical transit station is indeed very worrying to our community.

Our request to the board is that they conclude this matter quickly by making a public announcement that the proposal not go ahead. That would reduce anxiety levels greatly. Further, since the most significant aim of a trial is to remove the night doctor, and the community has unanimously, and repeatedly, opposed this, we request the board to respond appropriately, drop the trial also, and agree to continue to pay for night-shift doctors.


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