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May 29, 2024

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Byron biz digs in for BayFM

The Byron business community gathered at Fishheads for their new menu launch and a fundraiser for Bay FM last week, with $1,360 being raised for the independent radio station.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Cancer Raffle

‘This is Radiology, we are following up on one of your tests. Please contact our office.’ That’s not the message you want after you’ve had a mammogram. I’m 56, my best friend just went through a year-long ordeal with breast cancer and now is in the clear. I have had many friends get mastectomies. Other beautiful women I know and have loved, have died. Breast cancer is something one in seven women or people with breasts will be diagnosed with. It’s a raffle we all have tickets in but none of us want to win. But one in seven will.

Eight days in and search parties continue to search bush for Mullum man Gage Wilson

Local Byron Shire man Gage Wilson has now been missing for eight days and his family and friends have been organising search parties to look for him.  

Byron Shire roads update

The Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade has begun in Bangalow, says Council staff, after a false start last month.

Ballina adopts Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan

After an hour's debate, Ballina Shire Council voted to adopt its own Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan at its last meeting.

Photo of the week – 29 May 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

Reconstruction Authority review submissions deadline extended

The closing date for submissions to a statutory review into the NSW Reconstruction Authority Act 2022 has been extended until Monday, 17 June.

Kylie Monty, Huonbrook

 So far all we’ve heard about at the recent Splendour festival is the mud and traffic problems. Nowhere has there been a mention of the sickening amount of plastic generated by this event in our so-called ‘green’ shire.

As a worker at a food stall, I turned away one person after another who came up with a water container to refill. Why? The drinking water tanks Splendour said they would provide were always (mysteriously but oh so conveniently) empty. So punters were forced to buy water. All 25,000 them, and for four days!

And the Splendour organisers were only too happy to accommodate this ‘need’ by providing them with tiny 600ml water bottles, which stallholders were directed to charge at no less than $4.

Of course this added yet another cost to an already expensive festival, but in this day and age we all know the real cost of all this plastic and who, ultimately, pays for it –our oceans!

Our oceans are currently choking to death on plastic. And it shouldn’t take too much imagination to picture what life on Earth might be like with a dead ocean. Today it’s the fish dying, tomorrow it’s us, just as each strand in the web is connected to and shares the same fate as the web it belongs to.

Wake up, people. Ban plastic and this will be just a starting point to healing this Earth. If we, as consumers, do not put the hard word on big business, who will?

The lack of ethics and responsibility of our businesses and governments is killing us all, while we hand them all our money for it.

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