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Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

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Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in...

Parking permits

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park Why has Byron Shire Council decided to impose a layer of digital tyranny for residents wishing to...

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

The article ‘Mayor breaks ranks with Greens over Last Drinks’ in Echonetdaily has attracted a majority of comments supporting his brave ‘independence’ from the ‘party line’.

In fact the matter originated from my address to the Last Drinks meeting where I was pointing out that Greens councillors are not bound by the decisions of the local group. This has always been the case – there is no ‘party line’. My reason for making this clear was that in this instance I felt that the public needed to know that the mayor and the Byron Greens were not in full agreement.

Other comments such as my concern that the mayor, as a Green, was paying far too much attention to the needs of the business community and not enough to environmental and general residents’ concerns were my opinion only. As are my comments that I consider the arrangements for NYE ill-considered and poorly planned.

Tom Tabart, convenor, Byron Greens


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