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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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You Can Close Your Eyes

There is a beautiful James Taylor song (‘You Can Close Your Eyes’) that commences with the words; Oh, the sun is surely sinking down, But the moon is slowly rising. 

Grow yourself on a farm tour

S Haslam  The most memorable experiences, those that enrich our lives and take us in new directions, are often hands-on...

Healthy Minds Club powering ahead

Since The Echo last spoke to Lennox Head's Jackson Connellan, from The Healthy Minds Club, things have become even...

Connor just wants to finish his HSC in 2021

On March 23 2019 Connor Meldrum’s life changed forever and he has spent much of the last two years trying to regain normality – that is, as much normality as you can with only half a skull.

Sailor rescued from ocean in overnight operation

In a dramatic overnight rescue far offshore North-East of Yamba, Marine Rescue IIuka Yamba volunteers were able to bring to safety a woman who fell overboard from a dismasted catamaran in the dark.

Interview with The Buckleys

Sitting with The Buckleys, you know they are siblings. They have this natural ease and fluidity with each other. A lack of self-consciousness. A lot of love, but you also know they keep each other in check.

Jo Faith, Newtown

The elite are noted for taking advantage of crisis in society to gain financial advantage. So it is in the state of NSW.

At a time when the Byron community has been outraged, by the proposed West Byron development and the Byron bypass, recent ongoing research from a Freedom of Information request addressing the development of the bypass has left many environmentalists in deep shock. 

With the state in the grip of a pandemic we note the forces of neo-liberal dictates are ascending and creating the impression that The Market too is very, very ill, wanting more than mother’s milk to heal. Planning Minister Rob Stokes is promoting new laws to cut ‘red tape’ for the construction industry.   

So, whilst society is social distancing, and the spread of COVID-19 is ever present, the neo-liberal virus rises to add further pressure to the environment and sentient beings.

The new balancing act seems to be the tension between COVID-19, a deadly virus, and capitalism’s need for a healthy market.  Incompatible viruses!

We must take heed and out this strange NSW state dictate that aids the elite.


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