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December 9, 2021

A ‘fair go’?

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Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a...

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Master Mariner Bill Fenelon looks to the future of Tweed Shire

Bill Fenelon, who has called the Tweed Valley home since 2009, is heading up Group A and is running...

Election week sees Vanessa Ekins doing her blocky

Enjoying a few precious minutes break in an election week is a real luxury and Lismore mayoral candidate and current Mayor Vanessa Ekins managed to fit an Echo interview in between her TAFE Auslan course and the pre-poll station on Woodlark Street.

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

Did you try to vote with iVote in the LGA elections?

The NSW Electoral Commission says they are aware that some iVote users were unable to gain access to the system to vote on Saturday.

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

Pedalling towards better health

A new study estimates that millions of lives could be extended if people rode bicycles rather than driving cars.

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay

We are indeed fortunate in having Kerry O’Brien as one of our ‘local elders’ – a man of unquestioned talent, integrity and professionalism. The same cannot be said of all our sporting ‘heroes’ and politicians. Margaret Court being a case in point.

But what further irony that in a time of national crisis, as we seek to define and celebrate our ‘Australianness’, a whole bunch of foreigners, because of their expertise in hitting a tennis ball, have been allowed to fly into Oz. Meanwhile some 40,000 of our own citizens continue to be left stranded overseas in extremely difficult and stressful circumstances.

So much for how we define, celebrate and protect our culture. So much for egalitarianism and the notion of a ‘fair go’.


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Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

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Work is starting on Tweed Rail Trail

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Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

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