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June 18, 2021

A little etiquette

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Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but...

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ABC maintaining independence?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m a fan of the ABC so I’m a bit disappointed that the local ABC radio station has...

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Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but...

Pocket Herbs and Indigenous organisation, Currie Country partner to supply native foods

An important ingredient in creating a high-quality, unique dining experience in the Northern Rivers is the diversity and availability...

Bananas better than banana benders’ bananas

S Haslam It’s a big claim, that our local farmers markets have better bananas than the bananas of the very...

Murwillumbah mega-school – consultation done says Minister’s office

The challenge to the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell that she had sprung the Murwillumbah mega-school on the community with no consultation and needed to seek further genuine consultation with the Murwillumbah community has been rebuffed.

John Circosta, Brunswick Heads

Time to update official government information re physical/social distancing. Currently, the official diagram shows two individuals 1.5 metres apart. However, many people walk, shop, and exercise in couples or in small family groups.

It’s disturbing how often couples walk hand-in-hand or side-by-side down a narrow pathway or shopping isle and are oblivious to the amount of space they are taking up. It is impossible to maintain 1.5m distance from couples who refuse to ‘disengage’. The solution is simple, yet many don’t get it – switch to ‘single file’.

Queuing is another area requiring clarification. Yes, most generally keep to the 1.5m rule, but many do so by standing in the middle of footpaths and in doorways and make it difficult to enter or leave. The ‘corona shuffle’ may be amusing to watch, but not so funny for people trying to keep a safe distance.

It’s been over a month and some people haven’t changed their behaviour. Common sense hasn’t prevailed. Just spend five minutes in a supermarket, join a queue for takeaway coffee or use the footbridge. The attitudes/behaviours can range from righteous indignation through to blissful ignorance. Government information needs to ‘get real’.

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