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February 25, 2021

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Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

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Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

A safe space for sexual assault survivors

In a perfect world, the trauma Margot and Joana experienced would not have happened, and there would be no need for the very important support group they have created.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Police use road spikes to catch speeder

Police say that on Friday at around 10.45pm, they received information that a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe was travelling south of the Pacific Motorway towards the QLD/NSW border.

Gold Coast of Byron

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay I think it’s all about canals, West Byron, and a pile of money. Since The Echo...

Archibald has knock-on effect in Murwillumbah

The Tweed Regional Gallery is hosting the Archibald Prize and local business people say the event is giving the town of Murwillumbah a significant economic boost.

Pepe Clarke, CEO, Nature Conservation Council of NSW

I agree with Planning Minister Brad Hazzard that local communities have been locked out of the planning system for too long, but his reforms will only make matters worse for ordinary people while giving developers more rights than ever.

By the government’s own admission, mums and dads will in 80 per cent of cases have no say about what is built on the block next door or in their wider neighbourhood.

Mr Hazzard says people will have a say at the broad strategic planning phase. That’s great, but it’s not good enough.

Yes, people should have input when the broad-brush vision for their local government area is drawn up, but everyone knows most people don’t get engaged in planning issues until someone wants to build something next door or down the street.

Cutting people out at this stage of the assessment process is bound to result in bad decisions that will lack the support of the communities most affected.

Don’t just listen to the spin. Get involved, read the White Paper, talk to your neighbours, write a submission, call your MP.

The laws they pass this year will shape your local community and your way of life for decades to come.

 


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Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

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