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Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Bruns Marine Rescue welcomes new vessel

Rescue response and capability has been improved in Brunswick Heads, with Marine Rescue Brunswick receiving a new 10-metre, state-of-the-art vessel.

Tweed Council wants feedback on Crabbes Creek Community Hall upgrade

The Crabbes Creek Community Hall is heading towards. major upgrade and Tweed Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan for the work to make it a safer and more inclusive space for gatherings, events and activities.

NAIDOC WEEK: Bundjalung art on show

Coinciding with NAIDOC week celebrations, Longstanding will be at the Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Library until August 17.

Woman charged with DV-related offences – Casino and Goonelabah

A woman will face court today over a domestic violence offence.

26 Tweed Safe Places announced for Tweed women and children

The death of women, and danger to children, in intimate partner violence remains in the spotlight. Richmond MP Justine Elliot has announced that the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program will provide 26 Tweed Safe Places in Tweed Shire

Jason van Tol, Myocum

I’m partially sympathetic to Patricia Warren’s letter (Echo 6/1/21). People at the drum circle should follow regulations with regard to noise levels, social distancing, etc.  They can continue while abiding by these, which they generally have. Playing as a “backdrop” to the pub’s music is well within Byron Shire’s noise restrictions.

In several places Ms Warren speaks on others’ behalf as though in some official capacity, when she’s actually only speaking for herself. With regard to ‘those denied any sense of quiet enjoyment’ while holidaying in the Terrace, worth noting is that one of the residents living along the Terrace has joined the drumming several times.

The most revealing part of Ms Warren’s letter, however, is her cryptic remark about the drum circle ‘reek[ing] of no social compass’. Unless their social compass is exhausted by the music they play and how close together they stand, her comment might have more honestly been put as ‘I just don’t like those people’, and is blatant discrimination. I may not choose to hang around with everyone who turns up at the drum circle, but I don’t feel that gives me the right to use force to remove them. Tolerating others we believe have ‘no social compass’ is the price we pay for living in a relatively free society. 

These are my views only, not those of ‘the drum circle’.


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