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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

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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.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

Massive multi-dwelling Paterson Street DA before Planning Panel

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), an unelected consent authority that overrides Council decision making, will be considering a...

Catch Flock’s Brice Fundraiser: Cycle For Brighter Futures

Matt Brice cycled through India solo in 2014 under the name of Cycle for Brighter Futures (CFBF), raising funds...

Police withdraw charge against protester 

The police case against a Byron local arrested at a ‘My body, my choice’ protest has been dropped, according to rally organiser Dean Jefferys.

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...

Cr Sarah Ndiaye, Mullumbimby

Thank you to those within the Greens who supported me in the recent pre-selection, and congratulations to Duncan Dey on his win.

Affirmative action is a cornerstone principle of the Greens party. It helped us to see Jan Barham, and many other women, elevated within the structures of the political paradigm. The details of its application were voted on by the Byron Greens prior to the pre-selection process, almost unanimously, with just one dissenting voice. The gap between Matthew O’Reilly’s vote and my own equates to seven of 129 people who put him first, and me last, not the 46 in John Anderson’s public submission to Council.

Given the relentless attacks, leaks, and narrative of discontent manufactured and perpetuated by some, and the smear campaign and calls-to-arms by the editor of this paper, I feel like that’s an incredible result. Clearly there has been some division within the Greens, but this is a ticket we can work with. 

While I generally seek to ignore his destructive antics, I will not be perturbed or shamed by a hostile, irrelevant, curmudgeon with too much time on his hands. I’ve worked hard and am proud of the things we have achieved in this term of council.

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