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April 23, 2021

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East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

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Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith...

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Robin Buckley, Byron Bay

At last our mayor says something sensible backed up with some research…

Sadly one suspects it will not therefore happen.

But for ages many have complained about our Council’s use of old fashioned omni-directional street lighting preventing sky observation for an unnecessarily large distance from the lights and also their continued use of old HPS lamps – LEDs are used everywhere else in the [advanced] world … they pay for themselves in a very few years.

That’s why Cape Byron lighthouse switched to LEDs years ago!

May I suggest an alternative to reduce the street-lighting ‘on’ times instead of using ‘time switches’ or ‘daylight sensors’ is to use movement detectors – these too are used in other countries on their main roads.

The concerns about pedestrian safety are correct as there are so very few footpaths even in Byron Bay so pedestrians are often forced to walk and push strollers on the road amongst the traffic! This is a fact.

A radical solution would be building some footpaths instead of waiting for decades for ‘developer contributions’ to be received randomly and in random locations.


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