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April 23, 2021

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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

A coast in need of management

It appears that the long-suffering management of perhaps the region’s most precious resource and attraction, Byron Shire’s beaches and estuaries, are not a high priority for Sydney-based bureaucrats and the Liberal-Nationals government.

An insult, Poppa

From what I can understand, Poppa Veet Mayo’s letter seems to imply that this latest COVID scare is a...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Augmented Reality gives local art exhibition a high-tech twist

A Byron Bay art gallery is seeking to bring paintings to life in its new exhibition, by making Augmented Reality technology part of the experience.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry

Your editorial on the novel coronavirus last week; ‘No easy path with this virulent pathogen’, waded into dangerous territory.

While you did well to identify certain hurdles, and pointed to some fun facts, you faltered towards the end while taking a swipe at the Murdoch media empire.

Alluding to our relative success in containing the pandemic thus far, you ask, rhetorically, ‘whether Australia wants to be like America at this time?’ before telling us that Murdoch has ‘much more influence’ in America than here. This is a curious claim that few media scholars would back. Murdoch is a huge fish in the little pond of Australian media; in America he operates in an ocean. In this (American) more diverse landscape, Murdoch’s power is diluted.

In short, I’d be wary of trying to explain the differing corona-outcomes here and in the States with reference to Murdoch influence, although there’s certainly a discussion to be had.

However, when you talk about preferring ‘science over punditry’ and how ‘every bit of misinformation’ seeds doubt and hinders our COVID-19 response, you really stumble. I’d suggest taking a look at your own advertising policies if you want the high moral ground. On 17 June this year, a quarter of your editorial page was devoted to an ad for Vaxxed, the anti-vaccination pseudoscience documentary directed by disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield.

Ads for the film have been commonplace in the paper for some time now. As James Murdoch quipped in a 2009 lecture about the media: ‘The only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit.’

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Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.