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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling...

Freedom of speech

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia – Byron Bay  Great to see the deputy prime minister declaring his...

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

Front page news

Jeff Rake, Byron On the front page of last week’s Echo you highlighted unemployment in the Shire, with mullum at...

Alison Grace, Currently couch surfing in Mullumbimby

For more than three decades I have enjoyed being actively engaged in the creative play of growing community – from establishing community gardens, schools, festivals and celebrations, to supporting natural birthing families.

I am now confronted with the reality that not only can I no longer afford to live here, – even were I abundantly wealthy, there are no guaranteed long term rentals available. This is not just ‘my’ story.

In counselling it is increasingly being revealed that many families and individuals here are severely impacted by this housing crisis.

In my immediate circle more than six have been recently forced out of their accommodation. One single father has been asked to leave his home of several years, by Christmas Day, despite his original lease being until April 2021.

In such an abundantly wealthy and consciously caring community this housing situation is no longer acceptable.

Is there another way? Let us open to exploring potential solutions: re-zoning rural land into village, multiple use developments, caravan parks for tiny homes, low cost subdivision for locals (i.e with seven years proof of residence) amnesty for home sharers (formerly unapproved additions) extending simple sustainability dwelling requirements, and let us call a community forum in the new year for new way dreaming for one and all!

And while we are taking care of our community, what about addressing the obscene cost of keeping refugees in detention for no fault of their own, in a country that is the most spacious in the whole world. I have lived in India, a country smaller than Australia, with a billion more people!!! Surely HOME is possible for ALL!

Let us open our hearts and minds to a truly happy new year

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Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...
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