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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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Vehicle access to Unicorn Falls to close

President of the recently formed Byron Hikers Club says a ‘controversy is brewing’ around National Parks’ recently announced plans to close vehicle access to Unicorn Falls, located on South Chowan Road behind Upper Main Arm.

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...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning July 28, 2021

It's amazing what you can still go and see and do. Check it out!

With avocados, farmer fresh is best

There are many different avocado varieties, but walk around the supermarket and you might get the impression there is...

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW)...

Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Were the weekend’s ‘Freedom Rallies’ based on science?

A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controversial ‘Freedom Rallies’ – Let’s break it down and present some context.

Duncan Dey, Mullumbimby

Thanks, Echo, for pursuing the issue of the state minister for local government intervening to enable people with a pecuniary interest to remain and to vote at meetings of a council or a committee.

The office of local government (OLG) response confirms my view that the intervention clause should be struck out, both from our Council and the state’s model code.

If intervention has only been used 11 times since 1993, I don’t think the the minister has stepped in to save quorum at a meeting. That’s an ongoing issue at dozens of meetings per year in this Shire alone.

When quorum is threatened (ie almost half the members are absent) that is exactly the wrong time to resolve on matters when someone with a pecuniary interest is in the room. Doing that would be malpractice.

To be blunt, the OLG explanation is rubbish. I now worry where my taxes are going if they have contributed to such output from a state government body.


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