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April 19, 2021

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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

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Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Beach Hotel gets a $6m makeover

Owners of the Beach Hotel, Moelis, say they undertook extensive repairs and updates to the tune of around $6m after COVID-19 forced closure and limited trading last year.

Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastardry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.

Dennis Stevenson, Brunswick Heads

Paid parking has again been raised by some Byron Shire councillors.

A community poll of 365 people over 17 at four local shopping areas asked, ‘Should paid parking be introduced locally – eg *Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby?’ *Some included Bangalow.

A cross-section of people were approached on the street and asked to do a community poll. To avoid bias, no further introductory details or explanations were given.

The tallied results were 90 per cent ‘no’, eight per cent ‘yes’ and two per cent ‘unsure’.

The polling methodology has been assessed by the Commonwealth Bureau of Statistics as having a plus or minus error rate of less than one per cent.

The poll was conducted at different times across four days in September 2016. The poll was an unpaid, independent, private initiative to ascertain the will of the majority of local residents on the issue. Visitors to the Shire were not counted. Percentages were rounded to the nearest whole number. I am happy to discuss the methodology used.

It is not considered that another poll would give a significantly different result.


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