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September 27, 2021

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Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

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ScoMo does it again

ScoMo recently travelled from the ACT to Sydney, not something to be recommended at the moment. What is an essential...

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Byron Bay Hempire

S Haslam Inside the gut are about 100 trillion live microorganisms that vitally contribute to a strong immune system. These...

Richmond Valley Council looks at thermal waste to energy

At last night’s Richmond Valley Council meeting, councillors looked at a recommendation that Council receives and notes the information on the next steps to seek Alternate Waste Treatment solutions for landfill and recyclable waste streams.

Byron Shire Councillors vote to raise CBD height

The developers of 33 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, came to last week’s Council meeting asking for permission to breach the building height limit in Central Byron by 38 per cent.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: We are not for sale

It seems content creators are running out of ideas to make cheap TV. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you lose your ethics! Here’s a few quick pitches: How about a show about chubby rich women trying to drop weight by living in Ethiopia with a malnourished family for six weeks? No?

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale

The Echonetdaily Cartoon of the week – 1 July showing a real estate auction, where one couple say ‘Our eighth investment property!’ and a young couple with a baby complain ‘We can’t even buy our first home’.

The message of the cartoon is plain enough: young couples starting a family cannot afford a place to live because of the rapacity of investors.

I see it a bit differently, however. Climate change and the spreading novel coronavirus are teaching humanity that we need to throttle right back on population growth, which is aggravating many other problems too: species extinction, pollution, traffic, loss of wilderness, etc, etc.

Politicians assert that population decline is a disaster, because (they say) in future there will not be enough young people to support the elderly on the pension. But note, the investor couple apparently have no children, and in any case will not need the pension. If people don’t have kids, they can save much more easily for their old age.

The young couple, on the other hand, are going ahead with offspring even though they don’t have enough money to provide a place to live.

Like it or not, the future belongs to people who provide for themselves by saving and investing, and not to those who burden the planet with numbers she cannot sustain.

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  1. Hey, I know you. You’re that guy that wants to destroy the Crown owned, protected and family-gifted-to-the-community land, at the Lookout on Coolamon Scenic. You want it to be razed, destroyed, with a exploitative private capitalist yuppie icon built in its place, exponentially increasing highly hazardous ingress and egress traffic + road & construction works. and an onslaught of distracted tourists with gaping jaws staring out the window and 50km hour on roads they have no experience of, while locals are trying to get places and do important tasks. Yeah,you’re that guy! Hey, why am I even reading your letters? Why is anyone bothering to read your letters?


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