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April 12, 2021

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Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

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Kyogle unveils writers fest program

Billed as 'a small-town festival with big ideas', Kyogle Writers Festival is shaping up to be a great celebration of writing. 

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Mask of Freedom

Today in Mullumbimby I witnessed a woman blowing bubbles on people. She was walking with her dog and blowing bubbles over passers-by. What is usually the magical work of the fairy tribe, today it had a kind of aggression. The bubbles weren’t by accident. This was a ‘Fuck You’ to mask wearing. A fuck you to people wearing masks. A fuck you to the existence of this coronavirus.

Exactly how was the ship stuck?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry It is well known that The Echo does not publish fake news, so since the Australian media...

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

New film celebrates getting back outside

'Free From Lockdown: Back Out in Nature' is a new short film in which a group of disabled and non-disabled performers from the Northern Rivers celebrate being in nature after COVID lockdown.

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...

A Armstrong, Brunswick Heads

Can I please break down this misconception about the supposed booming business in Brunswick Heads (letter, Rod Murray, June 19).

Thanks for bundling us all under this supposedly rich and thriving business hub. The three businesses you refer to do own a small sector, but they took a risk like all of us and are on a small margin. Your letter is a classic example of of the Australian Tall Poppy Syndrome.

I really don’t think they are rolling in it, but even if they are why target a small successful business to fix our roads?

I have a business in town (seven years, resident 12 years) and I worked hard every day to make my business continue. I just serviced my ten-year-old Toyota, not my BMW as you presume!

It’s hurtful to say I should pay more fees to have a business and that we should pick up the bill for the potholes that we – not just you – have dodged for years.

Maybe before you make broad statements that our businesses should pay for the potholes on top of all our other expenses it might be nice to talk to us individually?

To you it boils down to not finding a car space quickly. Is this your whole life?

Parking is a small portion of your life but this business is a large part of mine. You clearly assume that we are all rich and are crying poor.

Come and hang out with me or others like myself for a day; it may change your assumption. I care and help the homeless, our elders, and a whole lot more. Council should have fixed the roads years ago. Why aim bullets at us?

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