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May 8, 2021

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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.

Other News

19-yr-old charged after alleged Mercedes joy ride in Tweed shire

A 19-year-old Tweed Heads South man faces a string of charges related to car theft on the Northern Rivers.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Local kite surfer smashes long distance world record

It was a cold, windy night on the rugged NSW south coast and Brian Kiss von Soly was wrapped up in a silver emergency blanket like a human burrito. 

Love flowers at the market

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

Rous County Dam

Jo Faith, Newtown Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First...

Why do we destroy what we love?

Nan Nicholson, The Channon I have been an environmental activist for over 50 years (I started when I was a...

Jo Faith, Newtown

It was years ago that The Echo published a story on the proposed development of West Byron. Dailan Pugh was photographed pleading the rights of biodiversity and the rights of nature including all species that were threatened by this proposed development.

Immediately following this article the energetic councillor Cate Coorey was inspired to initiate the community groups Byron Residents Group (BRG) and CABS (Community Alliance Byron Shire). She stated ‘I read this article and thought Dailan needed help’.

Well to be truthful it could be said that the community needed help too. Cate saw to that. These community groups continue to be remarkable in their professionalism and willingness to keep the highest principles operative for a healthy community.

A massive groundswell of residents/activists arose and we now have a positive result with the denial by the NRPP of the proposed development of Villa World.

Supporting every move were the diligent crew at The Echo, who informed the public of the progress of the campaign. A remarkable collective community with a vision won this aspect of the West Byron campaign.

What more could a healthy community want? Enjoy and spread the good ju ju. Byron is an example to many communities despite the ongoing struggles to come. Congrats to all.

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

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