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Music with Tex, saving rainforests and surviving COVID

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NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

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Comment: Court rejects challenges to vax laws

More than a million people tuned into the live stream of  Kassam v Hazzard; Henry v Hazzard via the NSW Supreme Court’s YouTube channel over the past couple of weeks, many hoping for a judgment which invalidates public health orders which mandate vaccines for certain industries, such as healthcare, aged care and construction.

Cartoon of the week – 20 October, 2021

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

Cr Darlene Cook: ‘working to restore accountability and trust in our Council’

Current Lismore Councillor Darlene Cook has served one term on Lismore Council and at the December LGA election, she plans to run for Mayor.

Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

Reclaim Our Future koalas pay a visit to Federal MP

Today Extinction Rebellion Lismore will make sure the federal member for Page hasn’t forgotten about the black summer bushfires and their devastating impact on NSW’s koala population.

End of Days

Sometimes life would be a lot simpler if I could just believe in God. If I could believe that...

Interested in what’s been keeping Tex Perkins busy in isolation or why a man might spend years only sporting half a beard? These are two of the latest Echo Chamber podcasts that are now live on Mandy Nolan’s Echo Chamber.

‘Legendary rocker Tex Perkins talks about how he survived Iso by creating THE SHOW – a complete visual and audio feast set in a shed on his Northern NSW property,’ explains Mandy.

Having gathered together friends and neighbours they set out to film the first three episodes on THE SHOW. The fourth will star Lucie Thorne and will air on 26 July.

From music to rainforests Jimmy HalfCut has spent years with just half a beard and he is encouraging others to try the experience at least for a short time to raise money to conserve rainforests.

‘I spoke to Jimmy to promote his partnership with Rainforest4 and the upcoming August Half Cut where 500 people are encouraged to do peer to peer fundraising to buy back Lot 155 in the Daintree,’ said Mandy.

COVID-19 – how we are surviving

Other new podcasts include a chat with local organisations on how they are surviving the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandy talks with Richard Vinycomb the Director of the Byron Community College about how our local community college adapted to delivering courses online during COVID lockdown.

In a separate podcast Mandy explores how Bay FM survived COVID and getting back into the studio to deliver the new programming with Bay FM president Nyck Jeans and Station Manager Philip Shine.


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