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My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

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Winter cross-country up and running in Ballina


The Ballina Athletics Club has started its winter series of weekly cross country runs at Shelley Beach and is expecting up to 300 regulars in its 41st year.

Refugees to benefit from Palm Sunday rally

Refugees living in Brisbane on final departure visas will directly benefit from donations made at the recent Ballina Region for Refugees Palm Sunday rally.

Fundraiser for EB at the Beachy

At any given moment around 500,000 people, mostly children, live with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) a group of rare medical conditions that result in easy blistering of the skin and mucous membranes. 

Hassle councillors, not Council staff

Duncan Dey, Byron Greens council candidate 2021 –Main Arm The Echo’s article of 10 March implied that it was Council...

Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

Poppa Veet Mayo, Main Arm Am I the only one who can smell a dead rat in this bubble called...

ANZAC Day with a difference in Lismore

The Northern Rivers peace group ‘Remembering and Healing’ (RaH), now in its twelfth year, is organising two public events for ANZAC Day to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence.

Jo Faith, Newtown

Post card from Sydney. I notice the affordable housing debate is on again in Byron. Kensington is an area adjacent NSW University undergoing ‘affordable transformation’.

Gladys our premier, as we know has tricked us all. While recently spruiking the wonders of democracy; she has,  behind the political scene made sure that her authoritarian SEPPs (state environmental planning policies), are stamped with a legislated click of the spiked boot and ringing pronouncement, ‘There shall be no participatory democracy’.

Affordable housing is an exploitative label that allows the developers to come through the back door, exploiting real social issues and emotive needs. Adjacent Kensington residents are alarmed and have no voice, let alone rights.  

Ever keen for the $$$ Gladys now has granted the affordable housing label to developers to gut heritage houses in Kensington and harness the international market. These gutted and re-developed  ‘affordable houses’ are to be boarding houses for international students! They can board up to 17 students, who will no doubt be ripped off financially. 

How very market hungry is Gladys for the $$$ to please demanding developers and boost her very toxic political party?


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Inspector condemns prisoner health services

In the forward to the Inspector of Custodial Services Report published last month, Fiona Rafter Inspector of Custodial Services says that the provision of health services to inmates in New South Wales custodial facilities is a complex and challenging responsibility.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

Poppa Veet Mayo, Main Arm Am I the only one who can smell a dead rat in this bubble called the Byron Shire? Hear it happened...

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

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