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February 28, 2021

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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Rail trail

Peter Finch, East Lismore At last someone else has put their hand up to question the fluffery and misinformation surrounding...

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Green Spine parking

Ian Kingston, Mullumbimby I am concerned at the apparent loss of parking spaces proposed in the centre of Mullum under...

[Ballina shire councillor] Keith Williams needs to be informed of a few facts (Byron Shire Echo, 28/2) :

1. It was the state Labor government (1995-2011) that issued all the CSG licenses on the North Coast and it was left to the state Coalition government to clean up their mess by buying those licences back. The Ballina electorate now has no CSG licences thanks to the Nationals in government.

2. On infrastructure, the Coalition has delivered in spades compared to Labor. The two most recent examples – and there are many more – are the new central hospital for Byron Shire (ignored by Labor) and the new high school for Ballina (again, nothing under Labor.)

3. The Nationals have always been very active in the Ballina electorate. Why do you think our former Member Don Page (Nationals) was never taken to preferences in 27 years? Because he was so active in the community and delivered results for everyone regardless of their political persuasion. His is the example I am trying to follow – and I make absolutely no apology for that.

Ben Franklin MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW


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‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...

Transparency needed

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