8.6 C
Byron Shire
May 16, 2021

We need better governance

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land...


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

OCA a ‘diamond in the rough’

Around four years ago a group of like-minded friends started a Syntropic Farm project. Since that time, they have...

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Lester Prowse, Huonbrook

Of all the things that the governments of Australia (federal, state and local) need to address, what we are actually doing beggars belief! Locally, the council is blowing smoke up Mullum’s arse again by building a bypass off Jonson Street for more CARS in town and will probably make Ewingsdale Road worse. And don’t mention public art.

We need boarding houses for the homeless (in case you can’t remember them, they provided full board at a reasonable cost) but the authorities think ‘affordable housing’ – much more expensive and not what is required to get them all off the streets quicker.

And the state and feds can’t see that the clear and present danger is bushfires. We need those great big water-bombing helicopters, one for each state, but we are getting already obsolete submarines.

The current feds have no policies, do nothing when at ‘work’, and send our ‘oh so wonderful’ PM to the US for a love-in with the world’s most stupid, arrogant climate saboteur. We are being duchessed to join them in yet another disastrous adventure in the Middle East against a heavily sanctioned Iranian democracy where the people, especially the women, are treated far better than in the oppressive Saudi Kingdom – who also gave us the September 11 WTC atrocity. But we backed them against the Iranians. Sanctions caused the second world war with Germany and Japan. So forget history and you will repeat it. We need a lot more jobs for the masses of un and under-employed. But our current dictator has decided for us that… wheeeee! We are off to Mars with the Yanks!

We need better governance.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Yes Lester, good analysis re bushfires. What we actually need is more Large Air Tankers – the Boeing 737s we see in the dramatic news footage. They have proved their worth dozens of times in the past 6 weeks. They are not the panacea but they do buy time and save lives. The big problem with helicopters – including the massive Eriksson Air Cranes you refer to, is they either can’t fly, or have limited effectiveness, during high winds when they’re most needed. We currently only “rent” the Eriksson Air Cranes for a few months each year. It’s crazy!

    California alone has 30 Large Air Tankers. Australia has ONE purchased by the RFS last year, and that is entirely the fault of both NSW and Commonwealth governments. For the past two years they have both resisted repeated calls for more investment in these aircraft from NSW RFS, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Climate Council. Everyone connected to firefighting or living in the bush around here should be writing to our hard-of-hearing and wilfully ignorant local National Party MPs controlling the purse strings


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.