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April 18, 2021

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Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

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Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

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.

Methane: the breakfast of champion trees

A research study lead by Southern Cross University scientists has discovered an unlikely microscopic ally in the battle to reduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere.

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...

Local start-up brings you breakfast in bed

Breakfast is now a whole lot more luxurious with the recent launch of Le Petit Brekkie in the Byron Shire. Changing how we enjoy breakfast, Emma and Kevin, the team behind the business, curate fresh, locally sourced breakfast boxes to be delivered directly to their clients’ doors. With the tagline ‘breakfast in bed, delivered’, Le Petit Brekkie hopes to make the indulgence of a lazy lie-in even more tempting.

Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

Patrick Morrisey, Goonengerry

Samantha Wortelhock is spot on when she says, ‘The Echo rarely gives space to the positive things our Greens Council is doing’ (Letters July 17). The reason they rarely give space is that it doesn’t follow their motto which they’ve proudly published every week for 30-odd years, that of Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936) ‘The job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’

While newspapers should always keep governments accountable, The Echo has turned Dunne’s quote into a blood sport, relentlessly trying to inflict as much pain as possible onto those the community elected and council employees, while treating the electorate like mushrooms, keeping them in the dark to anything Council does who actually aligns with the desires of the majority of those that elected them, the local community.

It’s easy to constantly criticise, but takes a little more nuance and effort to fully inform the public and give credit where credit is due. Perhaps one day The Echo will rise to this challenge, but don’t hold your breath waiting, Samantha.

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  1. Hi Patrick, back from Queenscliff I see.
    Your take on the council situation is as uninformed as it was when we sat next to each other on the council bench.
    I never doubted your good intentions but your awareness of the reality of the staff/councillor divide always rivaled Pollyanna.
    Suggest you talk to the sidelined senior greens for a reality check.


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