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April 20, 2021

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Jeremiah O’Toole, Mullumbimby

Since moving to the Byron Shire some 15 years ago one of the many things I liked was the great independent local paper, your Byron Shire Echo. However, in the last few months my go-to local newspaper is the Byron Shire News (BSN), which in the past was a paper, if I read it at all, was a quick flick through before discarding it and The Echo was a savoured read.

The change has been brought about by The Echo’s continued, and I believe unfair, vendetta against the Byron Shire Council and their councillors, particularly the Greens councillors.

Although no group is perfect and not beyond criticism The Echo’s continued railing against the Byron Council and Greens councillors seems very unfair. At the moment and for the last while I am enjoying the BSN’s more positive and factual reporting.

As the area is full of green progressive alternative community members which I believe The Echo has also been for most of my time in the Shire, it would be nice think that your paper could bury the hatchet and once again become a green, progressive, alternative, supportive, enjoyable read.

I believe the mayor and Councillors to be good hardworking community members who deserve our support with the occasional constructive, not full-time, critique.

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  1. The Greens as a political group are liable for criticism where criticism is due. In the case of actions and decisions made by the Greens councillors in Byron Shire, criticism is very much justified.

    The decisions made by the Greens councillors appear to be in direct contradiction to the Greens Party national political direction. There is wide spread disillusion with the Greens councillors from within their own party and members of the public.

    It’s important to remember that Greens doesn’t always equal green. The Greens are a political party, you don’t have to vote Greens to be green.

    The Echo from my perspective is simply reporting what they see and hear which can’t realistically be seen as an unfair vendetta.

  2. It’s hard not to criticize some councilors. Green councilors included when there are protests at the start of a badly needed bypass that is 30 to 40 years behind schedule. You would think that some general agreement might have been reached by now. So it is hardly surprising that a local paper might criticize them. In fact it’s sort of what I expect a paper to do.. It’s doing it’s job if it is sparking debate.The Echo is also doing it properly when they publish dissenting views to what you perceive as their own.That is something that much larger news organizations could learn from.


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