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April 20, 2021

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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

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Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by...

The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastardry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

Thank you to residents who turned out to volunteer their love and labour to rejuvenate street gardens in Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby. Thank you to the businesses and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce for your help in organising the event and providing lunch for volunteers. Thank you council for the staff, tools and plants as well as the regular community roundtables with residents and business that allowed this idea to flourish and grow.

Thank you also to Ms Petroff of Tidy Towns for acknowledging past efforts, but no thanks for the brickbats against the efforts of the many who made last Sunday a wonderful day. Rather the pride and volunteer ethic celebrated by Tidy Towns needs to be nurtured in the current crop of budding helpers.

This reawakening of the spirit of tidy towns is to be welcomed and can be put to good use in helping to rehabilitate roadside vegetation across the Shire. There are many individuals and groups who currently repair roadside reserve in rural areas by eliminating exotic weeds and planting native ground covers.

This reduces the need for slashing, which in turn reduces the spread of weeds. In the past many of these efforts have been discouraged or even abandoned owing to a lack of guidelines for roadside slashing and lack of support for organised volunteers owing to safety concerns.

I believe there is more we can do. Skilling up volunteers to be accredited traffic controllers would be a great start.

If the community is willing and council are prepared to support residents and groups like Landcare, much can be achieved. Linking these individual efforts over time will result in a healthier ecology, substantial cost saving for ratepayers and be a few more steps we can take towards lowering our carbon emissions.

Byron Shire councillor Basil Cameron, Goonengerry


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