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April 15, 2021

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SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

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Policy not ‘housekeeping’

Heather Martin, Mullumbimby According to a report in The Echo (24 March), the planning staff’s proposed amendments to LEP 2014...

Bayside, The Corso

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads A clear description of the proposed development as presented to the public was of 37 boarding...

Councillors move to create alternative housing market

Byron Council is aiming to make 10 per cent of local housing genuinely affordable within the space of a decade, under a brave and ambitious plan to implement a Community Land Trust (CLT) model across the Shire.  

Overcharging and misrepresentation

Josh Scrivener, Palmwoods Three weeks ago I looked online to buy a Bluesfest 2021 ticket. The Google ad directed me...

New film celebrates getting back outside

'Free From Lockdown: Back Out in Nature' is a new short film in which a group of disabled and non-disabled performers from the Northern Rivers celebrate being in nature after COVID lockdown.

Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

Abelia Hissink, Mullumbimby

I was dismayed to hear in town recently that the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre had to let go of long-term administrative staff and reduce the hours of another welfare coordinator owing to a lack of funding.

Thankfully I have read (Echonetdaily 6/02/2019) that a couple has donated $40k for the rehire of the administrative worker.

The Neighbourhood Centre provides essential frontline services to any number of adults and children requiring meals, showers, everyday living items, mental health and crisis support, and access to safe houses.

Astoundingly the Centre isn’t fully funded by government and has to apply for other buckets of money simply to open its doors.

Although there is a suggestion that a new model of funding will be considered by the state government, I’d like an assurance from our current politicians, and those planning to run for parliament, that funding for services will be at the forefront of their minds, today and after the state election.

Why are our most vulnerable citizens being put at risk?


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Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

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Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

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Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.