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Comment: Bridging the flooded divide

In the sodden floodplains the divide among those affected has never been clearer – those who were insured, and those who weren’t, renters and owners, Lismore LGA and everywhere else.

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Tripling water harvesting may leave local communities dry

The NSW government was looking to do catchment by catchment analysis to determine the risk to local water supply and rivers from the new rules on water harvesting rights.

Richmond candidates 2022: incumbent Labor, Justine Elliot

Justine Elliot is the incumbent member for the seat of Richmond. She has held the seat since 2004, representing Labor and winning six elections.

Easy equation

In terms of the economy. Billions of dollars spent on armaments and the supporting structures, at the expense, the...


Morrison is the loose unit with the economy! Here’s some excerpts from a long, long list of corruption by...

Sue Higginson MLC: a woman on a mission

Local mother, grandmother, partner, activist, farmer, and lawyer, Sue Higginson, can now add NSW MLC Senator to her list of hyphenates.

Pension protector?

Powerful Protector of the Pension? Well, not exactly… ABC Fact Check has looked closely at claims made by local MP,...

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung

Right here in our little Shire a lot of money can be made by conjuring up the mirage of a quaint seaside or tree-change lifestyle. Selling is a dream in the Bay! Take Ewingsdale, for example, which is meant to be tranquil, as described in a real estate ad in last week’s Echo.

Yes kind of true, unless the wind carries the highway noise into your abode, or you try to get into Byron, or elsewhere. Or what about Goonengerry, from where – according to another ad – it is ‘an easy 20 minutes scenic drive to Byron Bay’. Via helicopter, maybe? Or check out a property advertised as located in the ‘golden grid’?

Where the heck is that, you may ask? Well if you are not in the know, you might just not be rich enough!

It is time to move out and over, you hippies, musicians, artists, and barefoot gardeners of the Shire, and let the big end of town enjoy what you’ve created! But come back every day via the traffic jam to clean, wait, and cook. And don’t complain about the gig economy! How else can the big end of town get bigger?

It is sad to see such a beautiful place being loved to death and choked by car fumes. As a long-time resident who moved out of Byron in 2003, I can only watch in desperation and awe.


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Grants to support arts and culture flood recovery

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