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A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

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Fundraiser for EB at the Beachy

At any given moment around 500,000 people, mostly children, live with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) a group of rare medical conditions that result in easy blistering of the skin and mucous membranes. 

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A local couple whose much-loved baby boy was taken away by government officers and then returned is asking the community for help in finding space on a property to park their mobile home.

Refugees to benefit from Palm Sunday rally

Refugees living in Brisbane on final departure visas will directly benefit from donations made at the recent Ballina Region for Refugees Palm Sunday rally.

Burnt, logged and flogged? Unsustainable forestry continues unabated

The North East Forest Alliance is calling for an immediate 10% reduction in wood supply commitments to north-coast sawmillers from public forests because of the widespread death of trees due to the Black Summer bushfires.

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…

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

Amalgamation was an unmitigated disaster for Port Douglas, and our only remedy to undo its damage was to unseat the safely seated state member.

Merged into the grey blur of Cairns, our rates went up 30 per cent and our services declined by 20 per cent as our local personality was homogonised.

I was Port Douglas’s resisting councillor in the 2008 amalgamation, sparking a seven-year fight to de-amalgamate, where the state projected nothing but financial ruin for the rebuilt Douglas shire.

All the state arguments proved  fictitious and self serving. Douglas booms again under independent rule.

When lighthouse communities like Douglas, Byron and Noosa get extinguished, Australia loses its idea generators.

There is only one effective fightback, and that’s to mobilise and attack state MPs at election time. Get ready to fight Byron.

Rod Davis, Port Douglas, Queensland


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