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Lennox roundabout pledged by federal Labor MP 

Federal funding to build a new two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Byron Bay Road and Byron Street, Lennox Head has been pledged by local MP Justine Elliot (Labor). 

Other News

Weed exit and smiley koalas get support

Weed and smiley koalas were on the minds of Tweed Shire Councillors and staff at last week’s council meeting.

State government approves 60-day cap on short-term holiday letting in Byron

The state government has approved a new 60-day cap on non-hosted short term rental accommodation (STRA) for large parts of the Byron Shire. Most of NSW has no cap.

‘No’: bad faith argument

I have largely ignored the Voice campaigns but had just read the first argument put forward against the ‘Yes’...

Stop the three word slogans

Parliament in Canberra is in the midst of another interminable break, but it's been a big week in politics, with the departures from public life of Dan Andrews and Mike Pezzullo, Warren Mundine and Noel Pearson crossing swords at the National Press Club, and the tabling of the epic Disability Royal Commission Report.

Disaster management needs different approach

Disaster funding must favour social capital and community building, rather than just ‘mopping up’, the head of the philanthropic organisation, Northern Rivers Community Foundation, says.

BES rejects Ramsey’s proposal to leave conservation zones to private landholders

Ballina Environment Society (BES) has come out strongly against conservative independent Ballina Councillor Eva Ramsey’s proposal to have private property owners ‘opt in’ to conservation zones.

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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Disaster management needs different approach

Disaster funding must favour social capital and community building, rather than just ‘mopping up’, the head of the philanthropic organisation, Northern Rivers Community Foundation, says.

DV awareness run on October 15

I Run For Her is an annual community event held by Got Your Back Sista, which aims to spark critical conversations around domestic violence on a national scale, and for the first time will host events across Australia on October 15. 

Royal Life Saving NSW summer-ready checklist

Royal Life Saving NSW says that as another scorching summer approaches, the service is preparing communities to avoid the alarming spike in drowning incidents witnessed last year.

Two dead and 70 charged at Sydney music festivals

After two deaths – both confirmed to have been at the Knockout festival – NSW police say that there were more than 70 people charged with drug offences at two Sydney music events held on Saturday.