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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

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Back, bigger and better than ever

Stone & Wood’s annual Festival of the Stone is back, bigger and better than ever on Saturday, 1 June. This year is shaping up to be a huge celebration of community, music and delicious food – all for a good cause.

Appeal to locate woman missing from Rosebank

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from Rosebank.

Protect the beach and coast

The last time my late father visited Byron Bay, I saw a tear roll down his cheek as he...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: It’s a Sign

Someone is taking down signs. You know who you are. Right now, I bet you are sitting at home with a bunch of corflutes from the Byron Comedy Festival, and a bunch of other local events, feeling powerful in your sad fight against fun.

Justine Elliot talks up federal budget

Richmond MP Justine Elliot says the Albanese Labor Government’s 2024 budget provides cost of living relief for people on the North Coast and invests in a future made in Australia.

Cartoon of the week – 15 May, 2024

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby

David Hall’s letter, (December 12) saying ‘the [climate] science is certainly not settled’, with reference to scientists on YouTube, implies the view that a few recalcitrant non-expert, and often non-scientists, constitutes a strong and accurate source of information.

The tobacco industry sowed doubt in the minds of many eventual cancer victims for decades. Now the $10 trillion (annually) fossil-fuel profiteers are repeating the ruse. Apparently, special annual doubt-marketing expenditures are increased when the IPCC goes public around this time every year.

Despite what doubt-merchants say, it’s a statistical fact that by 2014 97 per cent (+/- 1 per cent) of climate experts agreed the dominant cause is greenhouse gases. The consensus is even stronger now. These thousands of scientists state that all other sources of heat do not explain our massive growing thermal anomaly.

Natural climate variability is far less than human-caused global warming, which is now more than 20 times faster than any natural climate changes.

There is an objective reality out there and it’s beginning to smash civilisation. Vulnerable people continue to fall foul of the distortions and untruths pumped out by the greedy fossil fools. Facebook and YouTube should take responsibility for fact checking based on objective science, not fantasyland.

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  1. Well said mate. It’s the great modern tragedy; we are the proverbial ostrich, refusing to accept responsibility for what we have caused. Ignorance may be bliss for those who will see only the early effects of climate change; that which we are already seeing.

    For those of us in the younger generation, who will have 60 or so years of watching our world die due to the stubborn and senseless arrogance of the baby boomers in parliament and the troglodytes who vote them in.


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Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.