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April 17, 2021

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Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

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Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

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.

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

High, but not high enough, on the country's human rights agenda is the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay

Around 1769, some people walked on a pristine beach, eating pipis and fish. Years later some people arrived who caught a whale and wanted different food, clearing land for cows and chickens. Nobody protested. They wanted pigs for their bacon and eggs, and a butter factory for their bread, so drained the swamps. The yellow-eyed bunyip perished. Nobody protested.

They needed sugar for their tea so moved inland, bulldozing koala trees, forcing the cockatoos to fly to Sydney to feast on polystyrene cladding. No-one protested.

Four hotels were built so they could have a cold beer after working all day. Nobody protested. Then people arrived from everywhere so locals chopped down a million trees and built houses with large garages for tourists. Nobody protested. Some people wanted to sell hamburgers. Everybody protested. The hamburger people ran away.

The next day, clothing, sandwich, ice-cream, pizza, and yoghurt franchises opened everywhere. Nobody protested. An international hotel complex was proposed for an old caravan park. Everybody protested. An Aussie bought it and built an international hotel complex. Nobody protested.

Shops sprang up selling mined crystals, snake oils in omnivorous flavours, and coffee grown in rainforests. Nobody protested. Soon there were so many cars it was hard to drive to buy beer, crystals, and coffee. Everybody protested. A bypass would solve the problem. Twenty people protested, setting up camp to stop the work.

Tourists tweeted the free camping site and drummed every sunset. The bypass opened on schedule early 2020. Everybody cheered. There were multiple traffic jams the next day. Everybody protested.

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