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February 26, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Right to die

James Regan, Myocum Jeff Dawson’s article ‘Celebrating a life and dignified death’ (10 February) highlights the systemic bias that exists...

Saltwater mob style

Story & photo Melissa Butters If you’ve ever tasted the wild fish rillettes from The Bay SmokeHouse you know what’s...

Don’t worry, be greedy

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia The deputy prime minister has said that the government will consider excluding agriculture from future long-term...

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

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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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

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Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

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