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Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

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Fake news

Ron Priestley, Main Arm What Neil Bowhay is proposing (Letters, 14 July) is that The Echo prints fake news. It is people...

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.

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...

Pennings and Adani to continue court battle

The Supreme Court has formalised orders agreed out of court by both Adani and Ben Pennings in relation to a decision handed down on 25 June 2021.

Highest Hapki yusul award given to former Rosebank resident

Ross Kendall Jarrod Taylor has received the Ninth Dan – the highest award in Hapki yusul, the martial art from...

The Block mute over its plans for Byron TV show

Plans by reality television TV show, The Block (Nine), to base an upcoming series on  Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise, Byron Bay, has upset an elderly neighbour.

Diane Hart, Mullumbimby

Paul Bibby’s article, in this week’s Echo, about the illegal removal of a large Tallowood tree from a resident’s backyard is a tragedy, but it highlights an even bigger one. It could so easily have been prevented if the right hand at Council knew what the left was doing, first at the planning stage and then on the day in question.

On that day, resident Jen White, was alerted to the tree’s imminent destruction when a tree lopper’s crane was being set up and the chainsaws started in her neighbour’s garden.

In total dismay she rang me and we went round to see the neighbour. He told us he had a permit and would not stop work while we checked with Council. We both felt certain that this tree was protected. We immediately phoned Council and then went down there.

Front desk staff confirmed that he had an RFS 10/50 permit and could proceed to chop it down. In total confusion, anger and disbelief I was dismissed with a ‘Go and talk to the Rural Fire Service and get the law changed’.

Because of community pressure Council investigated, and it turned out we were correct after all.

Meanwhile the tree is gone and the neighbour has been fined a paltry $3,000.

Can someone please tell me what more we could have done and why the community have to continually act as environmental police?

We are at the tipping point of climate change and on our watch more koala habitat has been lost. This is simply shameful.

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