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April 19, 2021

Lose the ego to save the beach

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Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

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Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

Local start-up brings you breakfast in bed

Breakfast is now a whole lot more luxurious with the recent launch of Le Petit Brekkie in the Byron Shire. Changing how we enjoy breakfast, Emma and Kevin, the team behind the business, curate fresh, locally sourced breakfast boxes to be delivered directly to their clients’ doors. With the tagline ‘breakfast in bed, delivered’, Le Petit Brekkie hopes to make the indulgence of a lazy lie-in even more tempting.

By the end of the extraordinary Byron Shire Council meeting on June 10, 2015, (addressing a rescission motion against implementing a protective rock wall at Belongil beach) I was a changed man.

The mood of the meeting was aggressive and polarised. I heard councillors on both sides make important statements and claims followed by counter statements and claims. The gallery was vocal and interruptive. I heard nothing but politics! No clear impartial voice, and no reliable information.

The only clear rock wall issue was that of Cr Wanchap, which will not it seems be removed any time soon.

I don’t want to be outraged, or hear outrage anymore. It only confounds the want of reliable and responsible information. I want a clearly defined problem with all it entails, scientifically, legally, financially and ethically, presented in a way that will withstand scrutiny. In like manner I then want to see the alternative solutions in detail in the form of developed arguments, step by rational step, with their entailments. If no obvious solution emerges from this process, then more work, and more information is needed.

When this happens, and egos dissolve in the greater issues of the place we all share then a stature of intelligence will be conferred that commands the respect of all.

Without it will be an increasingly unhappy state of undeclared war, selectively restrained by a force of law requiring no further legitimacy than the semblance of order it maintains.

Gavin Greenoak, Byron Bay


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