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June 19, 2021

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Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The End of an Era

As the Entertainment Editor I have interviewed some very interesting people. Like the multi-orgasmic man; a Dutch orgasm coach living in a yurt, and Tim (Pricasso) who paints with his penis. I have also interviewed musicians. Probably not quite as interesting as the aforementioned group, but whose stories and chats have formed a wonderful part of my week over the last two decades. I have had the privilege of talking to some of my heroes.

Celebrating 12 years of liberating food for those in need

Liberation Larder is located on Fletcher St Byron Bay behind the community centre and was founded in 2009 by Venerable Honu, a Buddhist nun, who recognised there were many people in our community struggling to make ends meet. 

Cartoon of the week – 16 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Save Waterlily park

Tina Petroff, Waterlily Playscape Inc. For decades our local voluntary committees in Ocean Shores (OS) have fought for basic needs for...

Pro rail trail association urges Council to award construction tender

Representatives from the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association are urging Tweed Shire Council to award the construction tender for the Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the corridor at this week’s Council meeting.

More bullying stories emerge in Lismore

Since local woman Sally Flannery decided to quit the Lismore City Council race, more stories of harassment and attacks have emerged, affecting councillors and others across the political spectrum.

Sue Read, Myocum

Rebecca McNaught – despair not! Simply carpool a bunch of bargain hunters and head to the Tweed Palliative Support op shop in Murwulillumbah, run by feisty 85-year-old Edna Gorton OAM.

Most of our clothing is only one dollar (that’s right, one dollar). And we have furniture, electrical, books, household and garage stuff, way cheaper than the op shops of Byron, whose fat-cat church-run operators collect millions in government funding. TPS receives no help from government funding whatsoever, and all monies raised go directly to running the palliative support of Wedgetail Hospice which is provided absolutely free of charge to the sick and dying, and their carers. That said, you shouldn’t desert Global Ripple. They do a champion job.

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  1. It is disappointing to read the work of often elderly people volunteering in Church based op shops spoken of in such a disparaging way. Church based op shops do run at a profit and the money is used to deliver many programmes to support those in need. They attract further support from governments because their programmes are effective and accountable.
    I have no doubt Tweed Palliative Support is a worthy body to support and its op shop good value. Can I suggest its supporters let it stand on its own merit rather than putting down other charitable organisations.

    • You are so correct. Tweed Palliative Support is an amazing, caring organisation & should receive Government support. However Vinnies, , Salvos etc., mostly staffed by middle aged/elderly volunteers, should not be criticised so blatantly. I don’t know what Government such groups get but their work certainly benefits many.

  2. Peter, if you’ve been following revelations in the Echo about changes to the way these supposedly charitable church-run Byron op shops operate over recent months you would have found it difficult to offer such a pious defence of their current indefensible money-grubbing practices.

    Without exception they appear to have abandoned charity and compassion in favour of commercialisation. The Echo reported are all now expensive fashion, highly selective of useable donations, focussed on the moneyed tourists, beyond reach of the now unwelcome needy, and have terminated the services of their long-serving dedicated volunteers whose compassion was from another era. Props to Sue for highlighting a real charity. Billi Op Shop is another good ‘un.


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