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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.

Other News

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Policy not ‘housekeeping’

Heather Martin, Mullumbimby According to a report in The Echo (24 March), the planning staff’s proposed amendments to LEP 2014...

A place like home

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby Why do we always focus on adding new buildings when the conversation turns to affordable housing? Byron Shire...

New food donation campaign launched

A new campaign is set to make a big difference in helping to reduce waste and provide more food security for our region.

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. 

The ABC’s onto ‘em

Jason van Tol, Myocum That the ABC has just uncovered a Neo-Nazi terrorist group, rather than any of our well...

Craig Johnston, Myocum

To the driver of a white Ford Ranger with a Queensland licence plate.

I am a loving partner, father to three children under six, a professional working on local environmental initiatives, and a keen cyclist.

On Tuesday morning 21 May at 7am, I was one of three cyclists on Coolamon Scenic Drive having just passed Valances Road.

With no warning, a white Ford Ranger screamed past us with hand firmly on horn. We waved good morning.

When my heart rate came back down to 150 BPM after my adrenaline rush to 200BPM, I thought I would try to find said driver to share my experience with him.

Co-incidentally on exiting Mullumbimby, now in car, I happened to encounter White Ranger Man and followed, via Uncle Tom’s, to the Byron Bay turning. If I had had more fuel I would have continued to follow you.

My message: I hope you made it to your chosen destination 0.1 second earlier than if you had SLOWED DOWN, politely made your presence felt by a gentle and friendly honk, and a wave as you passed.

I love my kids, I love my partner, and I love my life. I would like to be here on planet Earth longer. I request you, and other motorists, to slow down and consider cyclists on the roads.

So to White Ford Ranger Man with orange hi-vis from Queensland, put yourself in my shoes. Would you drive that way if it were your mum, dad, partner, son, daughter, or friend, I ask?

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