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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

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Beware the Trojan Pig

The article in last’s week’s Echo (‘Piggery plans on exhibition’), could not have been more lacking in balance had...

Protect the beach and coast

The last time my late father visited Byron Bay, I saw a tear roll down his cheek as he...

Local housing prices down over 20 per cent

The region has seen falling house prices, new data from CoreLogic suggests.

Commemorating ten years since V Day at Bentley

It's ten years today since a wave of relief spread through Camp Liberty at Bentley, when those gathered discovered that the riot police would not be coming, and gas company Metgasco was being referred to ICAC by the NSW government.

Rally in Byron against Gaza war

Locals are being called to join in a rally at Byron Bay this Saturday at 2pm calling on the Australian government to take action against the deaths of Palestinians in the invasion of Gaza by Israel. 

No room for koalas in budget?

Friends of the Koala is not impressed by the lack of provision for wildlife protection in the federal budget announced last night, as species including the koala move closer to extinction.

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores

Governments around the world have shown they are prepared and able to spend vast amounts of money (they can print it) regardless of the restraints usually applied to the economy. COVID-19 has revealed the proof that it can be done.

The WHO (World Health Organisaton), Global Preparedness program has been implemented, planned since around 2005, with 150 countries participating. Planning aimed to contain transmission and infection of deadly viruses and contamination from germ warfare on a global scale. Covid safe control is now functional, controlling the virus by testing and lockdown, even when many people are not ill or have minimal symptoms after the positive test result. As individuals we all have our own take on what is happening.

It is known that pollution has a direct effect on people’s health. Our individual immune function responds to pollution and viral contamination in different ways, each person is unique. That partly accounts for the lack of research into the true effects of pollution (chemicals in the air, water, food and so on moving into to our cellular structure) on our health.

The government has shown us that a system of control can be implemented regardless of the cost. People power is needed, to convey that it is now the time to apply similar preparedness mechanisms to addressing the pollution that is causing so much damage to the world, to nature, to the health and wellbeing of people. They will never be able to say it can’t be done or delayed because of the cost, as they have said for the past 50+ years of my life. If authority truly cares and acts on the causes of pollution, or keeps delaying action to stop the continuing pollution – money won’t be the reason, it will be a trooping of their colours, showing their real intention.

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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023.