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April 23, 2021

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They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some...

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

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.

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...

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.

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the...

MJ Crompton, B HealthSc (Nsg), Grad Cert Gerontology, Mullumbimby

Further to the long overdue report on embezzlement and mismanagement at Byron Central Hospital – to some extent it is overdue because nurses are gagged – told emphatically by nurse managers they are not to speak of these matters. I hope The Echo now stands by the wonderful motto ‘the job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted (nurses and patients) and afflict the comfortable’ (health ministers, CEOs, nurse managers).

Mr Jones seems to need reminding that this is not an internal staff matter that he will investigate when appropriate. It would be reasonable for him to investigate breaches in codes of conduct, professional ethical behaviour, and moral standards expected of staff employed in positions of trust and paid by public moneys. As I understand, his job description would not extend to his being expected to have the knowledge, experience, and ability to conduct a criminal investigation.

The community needs to know details of how much money has been stolen from us, over what period of time has this been going on, what has been done to prevent further crime. Have the people involved been stood down without pay during proceedings, hopefully being conducted by police? This does seem to be an appropriate time and important enough issue.

Mr Jones could possibly spend time looking into why he was unaware of this activity for so long. Does he need to implement weekly reports from those responsible for submitting timesheets for payment etc, and what security measures are in place regarding password access to computer systems?

Tamara Smith has received regular emails raising concerns but what has she done?

The buck stops here?

After working 25 years in this oppressive system, I am ungagged.


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