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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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Cartoon of the week – 27 October, 2021

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.

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

Byron Council staff push to make Unauthorised Dwelling Policy for ‘internal use’

A contentious draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy, put on exhibition last year by Council, has re-emerged for this Thursday’s meeting. While staff have recommended that the policy become an 'internal' document others are calling for it to be 'abandoned'.

Who can I trust?

COVID, WHO SHOULD I TRUST ?   I tend to trust people who care, who demonstrate they have no agenda, but to be...

Byron Bay – Main Beach’s future tabled

The range of options for protecting Byron’s Main Beach look set to be narrowed to three, after the community had its say on the crucial shoreline project.

End of Days

Sometimes life would be a lot simpler if I could just believe in God. If I could believe that...

Dr Eeka King, ready to bong the gong at Bangalow’s Starlight Festival.Photo Jeff ‘Star-Lite’ Dawson

Dr Eeka King bonged the gong at Bangalow’s Starlight Festival last weekend.

Eeka is a certified teacher of Acutonics® – an in depth, integrative sound healing modality that combines the science of sound, Chinese medicine, medical astrology and sacred geometry.

The sounds of the universe– known as the ‘music of the spheres’ – are brought into the healing realm via precision calibrated tuning forks and gongs

The annual Starlight Festival attracts spiritual and holistic practitioners and patrons who take part in workshops, presentations, live music and wholesome food. For more info visit www.starlightfestival.com.au

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  1. Dear Dr. Eeka King, Congratulations to you for your dedication to work with sound and healing – being, as you know getting more and more important in our present world atmosphere!

    If you intend to stay in the Byron Shire for some time, I would like to invite you to speak at the Byron Sophia Philosophical Group. We meet every Thursday Afternoon from 1.30 to 3.30 pm in Byron Bay, featuring voluntary speakers on a wide spectrum of subjects connected with spiritual endeavors.
    My name is Celia Novy.. Please send me an email on = [email protected]
    Wishing you well in all your endeavours,


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