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Fatal crash near Coffs

Three people have been involved in a horrifying crash today, leaving two dead and one in critical condition, police said. 

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NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

Embarking on adventure

The 2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Brunswick Heads and the Picture House is calling all adventurers, thrill-seekers, and lovers of the great outdoors. With only two screenings scheduled for 23 and 24 May, tickets are selling fast.

Fastest billycart clocked at over 40km/h at Bangalow Billycart Derby

Sunday saw around 5,000 people head to Bangalow to enjoy the Bangalow Billycart Derby with Greg Nash, Bangalow Lions Club President, telling The Echo that it was a ‘glorious autumn day'.

Is Kyogle Council misrepresenting changes to Private Native Forestry approvals?

The Kyogle Environment Group has challenged Kyogle Council’s presumption thatapplying for a Private Native Forestryplan from both Local Land Services and Council ‘essentially duplicates the assessment’.

Adam says it’s time for a Sunday bus for north Byron Shire

As many people are aware, there is no public transport in the north of Byron Shire on Sundays, making it difficult for people, young people in particular, to get to where they want to go. Adam Luck has decided to take action on this problem. 


Living in a modern world I see on social media, etc. world melting, CO2 production associated topics. So having recently...

Tom Tabart, Bangalow

In quoting selected extracts of the Local Government Act (‘Councillor weighs in over spat’, Echo, January 25), Paul Spooner has only identified the division of labour between the mayor and GM. Had he consulted sections 222 and 223 he would have found, ‘the elected representatives are the governing body’ and ‘their role is to direct and control the affairs of council’. Pretty clear, Paul, you are responsible for how the GM and staff perform – it’s called governance.

Councillors neglect their responsibility for governance if they leave it to the GM, because he is ‘so dedicated and experienced’, or it is merely convenient?

As a nominal ALP councillor Paul should hold the welfare of the staff as a high priority. But if you are not listening you will not hear anything.

I got the reputation as a troublemaker on Council because I was listening and attempting to do something about it in the face of fierce opposition from the then GM.

I still get regular feedback about staff dysfunction but can do little. If I name names or even hint at incidents then the employees involved will be identified with consequences. On the other hand councillors have a responsibility to ask the hard questions and follow them up. Unless of course it gets in the way of polishing a brilliant career.

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  1. Tom, Interesting comments but the role you describe for the Council is “government”. “governance ” is akin but refers to all of the mechanisms, rules, bodies etc that support the process of government and hold it to account. The distinction is not pedantic – neglect one of the key aspects of governance – say audit or record keeping for an example – and the process of government by Council may well become deficient.

    • Petrus,
      Hey Gov,
      I am sure Tom is correct.
      Government is the organization of a state or locality. Governance is the manner in which government functions.


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