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Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

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Federal MP and rural Drs blast NSW Premier Berejiklian over Pfizer supplies

The decision by NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian to redirect Pfizer supplies from the North Coast to Sydney has drawn criticism from local Federal MP Justine Elliot.

Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

Environmental activists say a 48-year-old Lismore nurse will face court on Wednesday in Canberra over protest stunts at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association's headquarters.

Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Read all about it…

Rick Molloy, Federal If recent letters in The Echo have left you confused about the Israel/Palestine conflict, then help is...

Northern Rivers responds to cal for COVID-19 testing

Following the flight of a COVID positive traveller from Sydney to Ballina and the detection of COVID fragments in the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) both locals and visitors have responded to calls for more testing in the region.

Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby

Highly motivated environmentalists expend massive energy, one battle at a time, for little reward.

Why not tackle systemic problems, aiming for the best outcomes for humanity? Think of protecting our environment as a single project.

Non-tribal humans have always exploited nature with little thought for consequences. Today, the power of exponential growth creates irresistible monopolies that opaquely control governments.

Investigative journalists and whistleblowers can be united into a natural partnership with environmentalists, aimed at exposure of all unethical and criminal ties between resource companies and governments.

Protection of the movement is naturally afforded by using the highest standards of ethics, transparency and inclusivity.

Essential additional protection for individuals requires a pool of financial and legal support.

As the Hong Kong example shows, such principles unite the populace, and protect them from malevolent enforcers.

The ‘unstoppable’ forces that are steadily grinding the ‘voice of the people’ into the dirt, are largely the same foe. The resource establishment has a great fear of Aboriginal knowledge shining light on the whole country’s sensitive environments. Informed politicians endanger profiteering.

Exposure of the corporate grip, and of antidemocratic crimes, must bypass commercial mass media. That media is never truly ‘free’, while any profit is derived from resource industries; with say, a slant in favour Santos gas.

Radical transparency will quickly break their grip on our pollies. Look for smiling environments, farmers, communities, and Aboriginals!

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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

Sticking to facts

Roger Cotgreave, Byron Bay Thanks to The Echo for reporting scientific facts around the pandemic and not relying on social media ‘research’. Also a big thanks...