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October 4, 2022

Spring is here and summer is not far away!

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Don’t forget your life jacket

A statewide waterway compliance blitz has found a that a large number of boaters are failing to carry and wear a lifejacket as requuried.

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‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Editorial – Break out the bubbly for Budget Estimates

Budget Estimates is truly one of the most revealing and best educational services that the NSW government offers. MPs from the opposition grill ministers and agency bosses without mercy, for hours. 

Mullum biz petition for road improvements

A petition from Mullumbimby industrial estate business owners will be tabled at the upcoming September 29 meeting, which calls on Council to upgrade pothole ridden Manns Road.

Iron Gates developer launches appeal against DA refusal at Evans Head

It is a saga that has been going on for over 30 years and that some hoped might finally have come to an end. But that is not to be the case with an appeal against the refusal of the Iron Gates development application (DA) at Evans Head now having been submitted.

Short films grace the screen from Oct 21

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is back from October 21 to 30 with a ten-day program of premieres, panels and parties.

Accredited Practising Dietitian Rachel Jeffery. Photo Tree Faerie.


Rachel Jeffery

The days are changing, so too is our supply of fruits and veggies. This time of the year we see supplies of asparagus, avocado, beetroot, bok choy, broccolini, capsicum, endive, eggplant, various lettuces, tomatoes, and zucchini; plus fruits like kiwi, mango and mandarine, and not to mention the herbs! These include parsley, basil and chives.

It’s a great time of year to enjoy a chilled salad, but what about a warmed leafy green salad? Using fresh lettuce, the just added steamed asparagus and broccolini, roasted beetroot and capsicum. Ta-da!

Asparagus and broccolini are great sources of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is great for eyesight, while vitamin C boosts the immune system. Beetroot is high in folate which is vital for normal cell growth and development. Lettuce varieties also contain folate and moderate amount of vitamin C.

Eggplants (aka aubergine) can be used to make a fantastic low-fat dip called Baba ganoush; roast the eggplant, remove the skin and blend the eggplant with a small amount of tahini, lemon juice, garlic and coriander. Eggplants contain iron, potassium, niacin, folate and vitamin C. Eggplants are great too as a base for vegetable lasagna, moussaka or ratatouille by adding fresh capsicum, tomatoes, zucchini and all those fresh herbs. Capsicum, tomatoes and zucchini are great sources of antioxidants, fibre, potassium, and some B-group vitamins. And fresh herbs (with various health supporting properties) are the perfect flavour-enhancers for any meal.

If you’ve sensibly accumulated a little extra padding over winter, but now feel it’s time to lighten up, just include as little as 30 minutes a day of moderate activity to help you shed it. Exercise is essential in our daily routine for mental as well as physical health. 

So spring to it  – get off that couch and take a brisk walk to pick up all those local new season fruits, veggies and spring meats.

Rachel Jeffery is an Accredited Practising Dietitian* (APD)


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‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.