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SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

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Empanadas and community spirit in wake of cancelled Bluesfest

With a collective sigh of disbelief and disappointment we processed the news that Bluesfest was cancelled

Vehicle sanitisation stations roll out

Enhanced safety measures for point to point transport such as taxis, hire and rideshare vehicles are being rolled out in Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore with the opening of three free temporary vehicle sanitisation stations.

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

Poetic plea from Gaza

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre – Byron Bay This heart cry from Gaza, written by Gazan poet and...

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

Mayor Simon Richardson’s description of budgetary spending for 2019/20 by Byron Shire Council (Echo 29 May) includes yet another $500,000 dollars allocated for inflow/infiltration investigation in Mullumbimby. This is in addition to what has already been spent since 2002 with no resolution to date of the problem.

Can we clarify an important fact here! Sewer pipes and stormwater pipes are two different systems. Sewer pipes deliver raw sewage to the sewage treatment plant for treatment. Surface water/ stormwater is collected by the stormwater system and goes to the river.

We hear the same old argument used; it’s faulty or illegal connections causing this infiltration problem. Over four hundred houses were tested and repaired after smoke testing of the gravity mains in 2008.

So why is Water and Recycling (W&R) and the director of Infrastructure still blaming the Mullumbimby homeowners for this problem?

They both seem intent on avoiding the fact that they could have a problem with the condition of the earthenware deep gravity mains that were laid in 1963.

Why are our rates being spent on another five-year investigation while requests to investigate and report on the condition of the gravity mains goes unheeded?

The apparent refusal to show any sort of interest in cameraing the gravity mains and removing them as a source of the infiltration is absurd.

The question now is if those deep gravity mains are in a state of disrepair how much raw sewage has been leaching into the Mullumbimby groundwater system?


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The return of the prodigal son

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Interview with Jean Kittson

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