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December 3, 2021

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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

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Govt delays action on holiday letting

The desperately-needed 90-day cap on un-hosted holiday letting promised to Byron locals by the State Government has become ensnared in a web of departmental obstructions and delays.

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Flood warning for Richmond and Wilsons Rivers

A deepening low pressure trough through the northeast of the state is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms during Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the State Emergency Service.

Cartoon by Melany Barsony.

Letters to the editor

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.

The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer than 200 words may be cut for the paper. However, longer letters are often published online before or after being published in the paper.

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Byron Shire Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

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  1. With the demise of our local print media titles, the Advocate and The Northern Star the Community no longer has a voice with which to hold our locally elected representative to account as well as being kept informed of all the important local issues which affect the Community. An online digital version is a poor substitute for the print version and may not be accessed by our more senior residents. There is much evidence to support this.
    The Ballina Branch of Country Labor membership, like other members of our regional communities, support local community organizations, businesses and Government institutions, and are equally concerned about the loss of the local Newspapers.
    It is worth noting that the remaining local newspaper, the Byron Echo has shown interest in increasing its coverage of Ballina and Lennox Head issues. However, at present, The Echo lacks the distribution outlets required to reach a larger reader base. Ballina businesses and residents by supporting the Echo by directing more advertising revenue their way it could make the venture financially viable and may overcome the distribution problems and simultaneously fill the void of advertising opportunities for local business.
    As access to information -both factual and informed opinion – remain fundamental to a functional and vibrant democracy, the Ballina branch of Country Labor will continue to advocate for local content print news to again be made accessible to our regional communities.
    Alan Veacock
    Ballina Country Labor


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