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August 4, 2021

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox #93 Too busy to be nice

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Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

Mandy ponders on how nice it would be to be nice to other people, but realises she’s time poor, which makes it a little well, harder. Greeting new neighbours with a homebaked cake, sending thank you letters, visiting the nursing home to give residents a foot massage or welcoming your kids’ friends with open arms would all be nice things to do if she could only find the time. Video Sharon Shostak

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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

Sticking to facts

Roger Cotgreave, Byron Bay Thanks to The Echo for reporting scientific facts around the pandemic and not relying on social media ‘research’. Also a big thanks...