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March 7, 2021

Disappointment and extreme sadness

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Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

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Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that...

Suffolk Park residents pressure councillors over pump track

Councillors, Michael Lyon and Jeanette Martin, met Suffolk Park residents on Saturday to hear concerns around the proposed pump bike track, which is slated for the Linda Vidler park.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Rob Blanch, Bogangar

It was with great disappointment that I read the last column submitted by Mungo in a recent edition of The Echo but it was with extreme sadness that I learned a few days later of his unfortunate death.

Although I do not live in Byron Shire I am an avid reader of The Echo. I particularly enjoy reading Hans Lovejoy’s Comment, Letters, Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox and Backlash, but the part that I always enjoyed the most was Mungo’s column.

Mungo was a very talented journalist with many skills, but the skill that I admired the most was his ability to read between the lines and analyse what is really going on in Canberra, even from distant Ocean Shores.

That he continued to write up until just days of his death is the journalistic equivalent of ‘dying with his boots on’.

I have no doubt that The Echo will find a competent journalist to replace him, but they will be extremely large boots to fill.

I would like to pass on my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, especially those that write for The Echo. He will be sadly missed. 

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