18.8 C
Byron Shire
April 1, 2023

Dog eat dog

Latest News

Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

Other News

World record holder turns to canvas 

Renowned Australian multidisciplinary artist, Space Cowboy, is showcasing his latest art exhibition at the JEFA Gallery, in his hometown of Byron Bay.

Flickerfest at The Regent

Celebrating 32 years in 2023 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA recognised short film festival, presenting A-list short film programs recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,200 entries!

Ballina council contractor debt waived after company goes bust

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to write off debt owed by a failed private company initially hired to develop six industrial lots six years ago.

Byron Bay NRMA to close March 31

According to owners, Warren and Dennise Simmons, NRMA does not consider the agency financially viable, with the increasing volumes of online sales and transactions.

Corrie’s Frock Shop safe in family hands

Fifty-four years is a long time to be in the workforce let alone in the one business in the one town, but that is how Corrie van Dommele has spent most of her adult life – at Corrie's Frock Shop in Ballina, but now she is about to call it quits.

Tweed rail trail

In response to last week’s article titled ‘Tweed rail corridor rail trail not looking to the future’ (p.10) I...

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores

Never thought I would agree with an American politician, but the Governor of California has said that it’s not just climate change that’s a problem, it’s DOG EAT DOG CAPITALISM, combined with climate change, which will be socially and environmentally catastrophic.

I applaud the young people who have taken to the streets to highlight the consequences of the inaction of our politicians who think pandering to mining barons, no matter how dodgy they are, is more important than the well-being of the planet and our children’s future.

Those who are complaining about the inconvenience of the rallies need to think about the inconvenience we’ll face when there’s no water to grow food and the ocean has inundated our homes.

While we may all do that we can personally to mitigate the effects of climate change, if we care about our children, and their children’s future, the most important thing we need to do is stop voting for ignorant morons who think we can continue with the same destructive 19th century behaviour that has created climate change.

Changing that behaviour will not mean a reduced quality of life, we just have to do things differently. We have an abundance of solar and wind to provide much cleaner, cheaper energy, compared to many other countries who have already done much more. Even Canberra is completely powered by renewable energy.

Not being engaged or interested in politics is not an option any longer.

It’s down to our generation to do everything we can to fix the problems our species has created, that means electing people who will legislate the policies we need to ensure our children and the planet will survive.

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. “Capitalism” it certainly is. The young ones know
    it & we’ve all got a massive fight on our hands
    since the federal governing bunch is all about
    legally frightening Aussie subjects of all kinds
    with lock-up terms. The opposition? Forget it.
    They wouldn’t know what Shadow Boxing is.
    It’s uncanny. The people are ready for
    ‘change’ & their so-called guardians are stuck
    in the stone age. Pitiful. Let’s rally on.

    • We all have the power to change things at the polling booth.

      Australians need to wake up and understand that people/parties who have millions from corporates and fossil fuel miners(the people who are creating climate change) to pay for their glossy flyers, are not the people we should be voting for if we want our children to have a future.

      The economy can grow if we have intelligent people in government who recognise the opportunities of supporting clean industries and scientific ideas we need to develop and once again be a world leader in these areas without destroying the planet.

  2. The ability of Western democracies to respond rapidly to the challenges of climate change is a testament to the the benifits of our capatilist system. It is in stark contrast to the enflexible and grossly polluting industrial economy of the socialist Soviets..
    It is though nice to agree with you Louise this time – the recent strike by school children in particular was an appropriate response to a serious issue.

  3. I see scant evidence of any rapid response. You’re dreaming but he don’t let a good Cold War be consigned to history

    • Ride along the fine cycle path through Ballina Heights and count the houses with solar panels on the roof. Mine puts more power into the grid than I can use. And that path takes me to town and back on a bowl of 100 percent renewable rolled oats.
      Regardeless of whether the government supports us, and whether it’s enough , we are charging how we live in Western democracies.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Murwillumbah Fire Station needs more firefighters

There is probably not one adult who hasn’t been grateful for the job that firefighters have done in this country, particularly in the aftermath of the The 2019–20 Australian bushfires.

Draw your puss to win cat pack prizes

The reason cats take up so much of the collective internet space is because they are just so incredibly cute – we love them! But we don't always keep them inside when they should be.

Dental clinic celebrates 30 years in Mullum

It’s quite an achievement to own and operate a business for 30 years and more so with your life partner and that’s exactly what David and Kim Smith have done.

Working with Nature at the Living Lab

Living Lab Northern Rivers has opened their new exhibition 'Working with Nature' this week in their Lismore shopfront space, giving visitors the chance to learn more about flood mitigation strategies.