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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Mullum’s green spine

M Green, Myocum Regarding Council’s concept ideas for the Stuart Street ‘Green Spine Project’, I am strongly opposed to any...

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

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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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.