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Apocalyptic Election Juggernaut Edition

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Local MP pushes for social housing at hospital site 

What negotiations are happening behind closed doors with the former Mullum hospital site? 

Other News

New community meeting room in Lismore

A new community meeting room, free for non-profit organisations and community groups to hire, has been launched at the Lismore Library.

Kinship Festival – Unity Celebration

In Murwillumbah 6,000 people celebrated the annual Kinship Festival on Saturday, 25 May with the theme of Yabulgu – Together as one, Unity for our children’s future.

Byron Shire roads update

The Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade has begun in Bangalow, says Council staff, after a false start last month.

Champion Australian beer

Stone & Wood Brewing, well known for their flagship Pacific Ale, have produced another winner, with their Big Pale...

Households warned against smoke alarm complacency

Firefighters, NRL stars and other top athletes are urging households across the state to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes, as Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) launches its annual Winter Fire Safety Campaign.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Years after a global catastrophe, Australia is a radioactive wasteland. The Green Place of Many Mothers is one of the last remaining areas with fresh water and agriculture. Raiders discover the Green Place while a young Furiosa Jabassa and Valkyrie are picking peaches. Furiosa attempts to sabotage their motorbikes, but the raiders capture her as a prize for their leader, warlord Dr. Dementus of the Biker Horde. Furiosa’s mother Mary pursues them to the Horde’s camp. Although Furiosa mortally wounds the last raider before he can divulge the location of the Green Place, Mary is unable to stop him from delivering Furiosa to Dementus.

Apocalyptic Election Juggernaut Edition art by Alister Lockhart https://www.instagram.com/caveatscoti.

The Echo’s front cover last week went down somewhat better than the election results for many and we’ve had plenty of questions about the artist who was game enough to take on the climate denialist government.

The Scottish born Alister Lockhart while having plied himself to various trades from truck driver, builder and rose salesman to mediating between a group of rowdy drunks and an angry scout-troop leader he eventually went against all sensible advice and trained in graphic design. He now teaches illustration and design in Sydney, and also has a weekly radio show about movies on energy-groove.com that he happily claims no-one listens to. 

He and his partner Kate have four boys to contend with and realised early that the escape of cycling and swimming not only meant that they could wear the kids out they could also enjoy a bit of a break at the same time

You can check out more of Alister’s work on Instagram www.instagram.com/caveatscoti.


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