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Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

The 2022 floods saw the Tweed hinterland connection road between Bilambil and Urliup severely damaged with six slip sites....

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Regen Ag program on offer

Farm entrepreneurs in agrifood, agtech or agriwaste who are in start-up, or scale-up mode, are encouraged to apply for a eight-week, fully funded accelerator program at the Byron Community College.

Byron’s foreshore future – a closer look

Plans for Byron Bay’s foreshore are on exhibition until July 31 – Council staff propose options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal of the carpark around the pool and Fishheads restaurant. 

While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

Youth crime

Boring as I might seem on this subject, National service is the most applicable method of getting ‘youth crime’...

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Traffic chaos?

I note that water mains replacement is soon to be undertaken on Bangalow Road, Byron Bay. Timeframe July to...

Fred Sparrow, Ocean Shores

A wonderful thing happened to me in Brunswick Heads.

After filling my car at the service station pump I discovered that my wallet was no longer in my pocket. The attendant girl was pleasant and understandably required me to leave an item of value if I wished to drive away. I returned to my vehicle to see if it was in the car.

A chap walked up to me and said. ‘I am going to give you eighty dollars. Here is my business card. Phone me when you have the money and I will tell you how to send it to me’. He then handed me eighty dollars.

He had not asked my name, my phone number, where I live. Nothing! A complete stranger had just given me eighty dollars!

Luckily, within a minute, I located my own wallet, which had fallen from my pocket down the side of the seat.

I managed to return the money to the chap before he drove away. I kept the business card, though, and emailed my gratitude. Neale Wilkinson replied that a lady was also about to hand me money but he got to me first.

I subsequently learne that Neale is the courtesy bus driver for Friday Hut Dining. If the food is anywhere near as good as the personnel the meals must be delicious.

The kindness of Neale, and of the lady who also had good intentions, is fantastic. My gratitude goes to them both. There are truly wonderful people out there and it was my pleasure to be involved briefly with them.


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