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My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

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Cartoon of the week – 7 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Half-price quarantine a step in the right direction, says NSW Farmers’ Association

NSW Farmers’ Association says it's pleased that calls for the subsidisation of quarantine costs for agricultural workers have been heard by the NSW Government.

Interview with Dan Willis

Dan Willis brings Best of British back to the Byron Comedy Festival. It was a sellout last year, with the audience confirming it as one of the favourite shows of the program. Dan is back – this time with Rory Lowe and John Flynn, and spoke with The Echo…

Inspector condemns prisoner health services

In the forward to the Inspector of Custodial Services Report published last month, Fiona Rafter Inspector of Custodial Services says that the provision of health services to inmates in New South Wales custodial facilities is a complex and challenging responsibility.

Mullum farmer’s market closed this Friday

This Friday's Mullum Farmer's Market has been cancelled due to the decimation of the site by rain.

Shearwater almost perfect with 99kW solar

Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, has made the switch to solar, installing a 99 kW system to power the school into the future.

In response to Dave Rawlins’s letter ‘Learn about low-chem regen’, Echonetdaily, November 18:

The dangers to human health and the environment of pesticide (including herbicide) use are well recognised internationally.

The European Union framework directive (Directive 2009/128/EC) sets rules for the sustainable use of pesticides to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide on people’s health and the environment.

It notes, ‘In… places such as public parks and gardens, sports and recreation grounds, school grounds and children’s playgrounds, and in the close vicinity of healthcare facilities, the risks from exposure to pesticides are high.’ It recommends, in these areas, the use of pesticides should be minimised or prohibited.

Many EU municipalities have moved towards restricting or banning pesticides in public places independent of their national legislation. For example, a 2002 inventory in Denmark found that 34 per cent of municipalities (92) no longer used pesticides.

In Canada, nine out of 10 provinces and over 170 municipalities restrict or ban the use of pesticides in public spaces, in some cases extending this to schools, creches, hospitals, etc – particularly anywhere where children are likely to be.

As a result of strong regulation elsewhere, technological innovation has been high. One of the technologies frequently used, steam weeding, has been successfully developed by an Australian firm, Weedtechnics. Leichhardt Council controls weeds in parks and streets by this means.

Let us support innovation by our local industries as well as protecting the health of our children.

Ellen White, Georgica


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Inspector condemns prisoner health services

In the forward to the Inspector of Custodial Services Report published last month, Fiona Rafter Inspector of Custodial Services says that the provision of health services to inmates in New South Wales custodial facilities is a complex and challenging responsibility.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

Poppa Veet Mayo, Main Arm Am I the only one who can smell a dead rat in this bubble called the Byron Shire? Hear it happened...

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.