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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

Love flowers at the market

As mothers across Australia look forward to (slightly burnt) toast in bed, the local farmers and producers in our...

Boarding houses

Matthew O’Reilly, CABS president and Council candidate for the new Byron Greens The over-development of cramped boarding-house accommodation in Sunrise...

From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

What’s your opinion on the COVID vax?

Even though the Federal government refuses to take responsibility for the slow rollout of COIVID vaccines across the country you can still have your say on its rollout locally.

Rossco Phillips, Wanganui Gorge

Two news items recently grabbed my attention.

The first was our fearless leader, ScoMo, pronouncing ‘he’s heard us loud and clear’ that there are too many people. Finally, a politician in power, spruiking something other than ‘Jobs & Growth’.

He continued on, how schools, hospitals and roads are all overloaded. I do not know one person who wants ‘Big Australia’.

But then Adam Bandt, Melbourne Greens, trumpets that rather than cut immigration, ScoMo should build more roads, schools and hospitals. OMG! No wonder people like me are leaving the Greens!

The next news item was regarding Victorian Forests’ illegal logging and decimation of certain state forests. This sensitive and valuable habitat supports the critically endangered Leadbeatters Possum: the state emblem of Victoria, Adam Bandt’s home state.

What’s Mr Bandt to say on the subject? Zip, zilch, nada.

I can no longer support the Greens. I’ve joined Sustainable Australia, whose motto is ‘Better, Not Bigger’ and has called for a reduction in immigration. Calling for a cut in immigration does not make me a racist. They are two separate subjects!

You can expect many more ‘West Byrons’ as the hordes continue to vacate the over-populated cities. Australia’s population rose by 50 per cent since 2000! Are you okay with that? 

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  1. Good. Xenophobia is not what the Greens support, so you’re probably best to vote for someone else. Immigration isn’t the problem at all. We’d still have all the issues with the environment, roads, healthcare, schools, etc… if we completely stopped immigration tomorrow. The problem is the people who are already here who aren’t doing enough in these areas. Immigrants are good for the country and help us grow in every way. I’m proud of the Greens’ stance on this and will continue to strongly support them.

  2. Australia’s population in 2000 was 19 million; in 2018 it is just under 25 million. That may be too many but it is not a 50% increase.


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