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West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to...

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Trampling of the graves of the murdered: reply to Will Liley

As I read Will Liley’s response to my article in dedication to my late uncle, I recalled the poem in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Clandestine in Chile:

‘No body, no parole’ laws coming to NSW

Offenders who refuse to provide information or assistance to locate their victim’s remains cannot be granted parole, under proposed 'no body no parole' laws.

Great soil at Summit

Victoria Cosford Creative writing was what Ryan Bruin had his heart set on. He had planned to go to university...

Want to save the koala? Slow down and keep your dogs inside

At least 30 koalas have been hit by cars or attacked by dogs across the Northern Rivers since mid-July and Friends of the Koala and Tweed Council are calling for people to slow down and contain their dogs overnight.

Native bush damage

The recent drain clearing in Bayside Brunswick, while most welcome, has resulted in significant destruction to native vegetation on...

Deadliest year for coastal drownings in NSW

In their latest safety report, Surf Life Saving NSW says that the 2021/2022 season had the highest number of coastal drownings on record.

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, 20 January).

Since 1992 I have looked to this community paper as a crucial space for intelligent critique, humour, compassion, agency, analysis, and sanity – an antidote to the nasty noise of the often taken-for-granted bellicose and paranoid culture that more than often than not dominates our lives.

Last week’s bracing editorial about the 2021 Human Rights Watch World Report regarding Australia’s failure on human rights is a good example of how vital The Echo is as a community news resource.

Noting a major human rights failure, Aslan Shand points to ‘the unconscionable destruction and desecration’ of Indigenous cultural heritage.

It made me ask, how else can it be explained that the oldest human art the world has known, created over 46,000 years ago in Juukan Gorge, WA (more than 44,000 years before the Bamiyan Buddhas) can be destroyed by Rio Tinto with complete impunity?

I would like to thank The Echo and its team of journalists; for bearing witness to all that is shocking, ironic, unsettling, questionable, complex, daft, funny, as well as uplifting in the weekly columns and editorials.

Calling to account is an essential and dignified feature of The Echo, whether it is doing so of the government, whacky claims made in pub talks, corporate greed hatched in Sydney offices, nasty political campaigns, or of wicked media giants. The Echo has done, and continues to do, a much-needed job.

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Odd row of lights

Just following up the letter from Sarah Smith in the August 31 issue. It was a Starlink satellite train. My webcam captured the scene. Michael...

Trampling of the graves of the murdered: reply to Will Liley

As I read Will Liley’s response to my article in dedication to my late uncle, I recalled the poem in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Clandestine in Chile:

Murwillumbah mega-school merger public meeting on Monday

Opposition to the merger of the four Murwillumbah Schools, which includes two primary and two high schools, remains strong. Monday will see Leader of the NSW opposition MP Chris Minns and local MP Janelle Saffin joining concerned parents, students and community members at a town hall meeting in Murwillumbah on Monday at 5.30pm.

Byron Council looking at rain damage

Byron Shire Council says they have staff out and about across the Shire today assessing damage from the rain.