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Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

Other News

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Sobering Tale

Like most people I know alcoholism is in my genes. My father was an alcoholic. He drove drunk into another car, killed himself and an innocent man. He was 30. I’m 53.

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

Cyclist dies in collision after refusing police request to stop – Casino

A cyclist has died following a collision with a vehicle after police asked him to stop.

Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part...

NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Ian Cohen, Broken Head    

Locally we are in a strong position to Transform NSW politics with Tamara Smith’s re-election in Ballina and Sue Higginson’s election in Lismore thus establishing a ‘Green Heartland’ in erstwhile National Party strongholds.

Despite The Echo prediction of the loss of Green local member in the Upper House after 24 years of representation I’m still hopeful that Dawn Walker could scrape in bolstered by a direct No 1 vote in our region for her below the line and a search for 14 other strong environmental and progressive candidates  (minimum of 15 votes must be cast below the line). All I can say is it is ‘not impossible’.  How many times in recent history has that been a Green position.

As an MP for 16 years I believe that with a ‘green hand’ on the shoulder of government we did more than any back bencher in the major parties to focus on environment and social justice issues.

I have to ask the candidates for the major parties if successful. Will you cross the floor?

1. To oppose new coal mines

2. To oppose new CSG projects

3. To stop current unsustainable logging practices particularly in koala habitat

Remember it was one or both major parties in power pushing the above horrendous projects. 

Simply defy your parties and reflect the will of the electorate, the earth and future generations. I doubt it but I welcome being proven wrong.

Oh, regarding the National Parties blatant pork barreling, consumption requires election of Ben locally and Coalition statewide. Hardly a piggy feast in the offing.


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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

Sticking to facts

Roger Cotgreave, Byron Bay Thanks to The Echo for reporting scientific facts around the pandemic and not relying on social media ‘research’. Also a big thanks...