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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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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. 

Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.

Cartoon of the week – 22 May, 2024

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are being silly in a film take of the ‘80s television series: The Fall Guy. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

Trains on roads

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Only three flood buybacks done in Byron Shire

The most recent data from the Resilient Homes Program (buybacks, house raising and retrofits), administered by the SW Reconstruction Authority (RA), shows Byron Shire has just three buyback purchases completed, as of May 10, 2024.

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel

Around our planet there are currently 56 Islamic countries recognised by the UN (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Mauitania are specifically Islamic republics). There are also around 100 Christian countries or states.

The massive land mass that was the region of Palestine was divided up and the small portion of land that was allocated to the indigenous Palestinian Jews was a tiny sliver of a state that is roughly 1/3 the size of Tasmania.

When Israel was established via the UN, it was very clearly the UN’s intention that Israel was for the Jews so the recent declaration that makes it officially a Jewish state should not be a surprise.

While making this official does not directly benefit Israeli minorities, Israeli Arabs (especially women) enjoy more freedom living in Israel than they would in any Muslim country.

Sadly we do not live in Disneyland and many Arab neighbours of Israel have never allowed her to live in peace for even one day, and many still want nothing less than Israel’s total destruction.

Israel has put forward numerous decent peace offers to both Arafat and Abbas, including many painful concessions, and these have all been completely rejected.

Jews have lived on the land for thousands of years and didn’t just all turn up on a P&O cruise after WWII. Jews do have a right to their own state and I have never seen one person here ever post a letter condemning any other country for having declared its religious identity or calling them racists.


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