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April 23, 2021

Treated water? Dirty rivers and your poo

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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.

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane...

Jack McCoy bringing surf show to Lennox

Legendary film maker Jack McCoy is bringing his acclaimed surf talk, film and live music event to the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 8 May.

Koala Wars

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MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Jo Faith, Newtown

Thank you so much for publishing Duncan Dey’s letter Poo flow and you advising on the potential hazards of creating sewage outflow into the Belongil. This act, in the current climate of a pandemic is totally unconscionable.

Recent research by scientists reveals that this deadly virus exists in ‘treated human waste’. As there is no remedy for this virus, this research and the dire consequences of SARS-CoV-2 stands to reason.

Years ago, before this coronavirus, a colleague used to swim in Botany Bay, assured by authorities that the ‘treated human waste’ was not dangerous to humans. An Anthropocene response. My friend developed a virus in his eyes that blinded him. Sydney-siders were alerted ‘not to swim in Sydney waters’ and ‘not to eat fish’ caught in Sydney’s inner waters.

Given that Byron Council has proceeded with NO public input into addressing the issue of this ‘treated’ human waste, and is developing an unsound sewage outlet, we can await the horrors to come. Including the predicted coastal floods – which will further activate the spread of any virus in the effluent. COVID-19 affects the brain, creating psychosis, the valves of the heart, creating strokes, the nerves in the legs, creating severe disability, erosion of the lungs, creating breathing problems, ongoing heart problems for youth who have survived an attack of the virus. This is a death virus.

Given the challenges presented, it is imperative that all DAs before Council, and those presented by Byron developers to the NSW Planning Department accept responsibly and acknowledge the current hazards attached to ‘treated human waste’ and sewage outflows. It is more than ironic that the current ‘poo remedy’ directly affects the high-end tourist resort, Elements.

Whilst this information addresses the Anthropocene discourses in this situation, it must be remembered that when the rights of nature are violated, zoonotic diseases spread… animal to human and visa versa.

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