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April 16, 2021

None but the brave

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Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

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.

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Councillors move to create alternative housing market

Byron Council is aiming to make 10 per cent of local housing genuinely affordable within the space of a decade, under a brave and ambitious plan to implement a Community Land Trust (CLT) model across the Shire.  

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.

Ian Blair Hamilton, Myocum

Your last issue showed the bravery that it takes to run ANY print media today in the face of the seeming impossibility of prying anyone’s eyes away from their computer.

You have chosen excellence as your standard rather than simple local event reporting (which you also do well!). Excellence in features, excellence in guest content, excellent regular columns, and excellence in photography.

But last issue, as I discern, was a sign of more courage – courage beyond the mere economics of any free newspaper.

Taking a stand unequivocally to use your publication to actively educate and stimulate us on climate change is brave. It’s brave because you rely on advertising to survive: and not all of your advertisers think the same way about climate change. I know that you know that, and so your decision to be in the vanguard rather than the reporter of climate action is in my opinion, awesome.

The news items you posted in the last issue in your new Climate Change feature are enough for anyone to wonder what they can do, or for them to feel deep and aching pain for this planet. And yet the earth has seen many apparently hopeless situations turned around when the critical mass of like minds exert their power through singular action.

It seems to me that generally speaking most us are burdened with analysis paralysis which (conveniently) means that because we can’t work it out, we retreat into the latest downloaded movie, or another session of Fortnight.

You haven’t done that. You have stepped up and placed everything on the bet that standing up, speaking out, publicising and repetitively reminding us to do something, anything except sit on our butts. But this, but that. Fake news. Antifa.

Our world view and world abundance are poised on the edge of their death throes. When the effects begin, people will rise up to protect what they see as their rights, which in truth are simply privileges. I’m not talking about people like Extinction Rebellion. I’m talking about the climate deniers.

When that happens the effect of that uprising anger will, I hope, be softened for us all by people and organisations like The Echo.


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