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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Island Vibe turned 10 this year.  Held on North Stradbroke Island, Quandamooka Country, this celebration of island culture was three days drenched in sunshine and great music. On the main stage big-band phenomena Melbourne Ska Orchestra delivered everything the crowd came for. NatiRuts dragged in a huge Brazilian fan base, putting extra juice in the cocktail, and the side stages served up intimate treats like Isaac Chambers and the Dub Princess playing music you could cuddle.

Beyond and beneath all that, deeper currents are beginning to flow. As the festival matures, it is departing from the ‘marquee and party drugs’ formula to connect more deeply with an ancient  islander tradition – travelling to each other’s homes, sharing tribal dances.   In previous years, the Welcome to Country felt like a demonstration. This year, a true welcome from a people who have taken possession their birthright, singing their songs of freedom, redemption songs for all.

Simeon Michaels, Lennox Head


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Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...