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Shane Sylvanspring, Mullumbimby I want to congratulate and applaud Cr Paul Spooner, Mayor Simon Richardson, and planning staff for supporting and...

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The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastardry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

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Common courtesy

Anonymous, Byron Bay First of all, thank you to those customers who did the right thing and wore their masks in...

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum

After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing guy’ is being dragged kicking and screaming towards declaring a net-zero-emissions by 2050 target.

The Nationals, who have learnt absolutely nothing from election losses in Queensland and NSW are outraged and threatening to cross the floor in opposition, in support of their constituents, unless farmers are exempted from any emissions target. However, it’s a bit unclear which constituents they are supporting, the farmers or the fossil-fuel industry!

The usual suspects, Matt Canavan, Barnaby Joyce, Bridget McKenzie, David Littleproud, and Michael McCormack (he thinks he’s their leader), seem to have emerged from their coal mines and suddenly discovered that farmers have been on the front line in dealing with climate change for the last 20 years, and have been pleading for effective government action.

The problem for the Nationals, apart from their stupidity, is that the National Farmers Federation already supports net zero emissions by 2050. Australian grain growers are also calling for a grain-specific emissions reduction target for 2030. Meat and Livestock Australia also has an ambitious 2030 goal for zero emissions. It seems the National Party needs to spend more time modernising their ideology and less time hiding down outdated coal mines.


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  1. Great letter Allan, at the last Federal election the Greens received 10.4% of the vote; the Nationals (ex. Qld.) received 4.5% of the vote; they have the Deputy Prime Minister-ship, and three other Cabinet Ministers, they recently lost Bridget McKenzie due to sloppy book-keeping, (or was that sports-rorts?). The obvious question is, with such a small percentage of the National vote, how do they wield such power? They, along with the extreme right rump of the Liberal Party have held Australia to ransom for over a decade, by demolishing any meaningful action to combat climate change. The cost to Australia and it’s population because of this criminal inaction must be in the billions, and to make it even worse, the deceit continues unabated. The Nationals generally aren’t very bright, but they do know bribery usually works. The things they are very good at are rorting and pork-barreling, they are now increasingly forced to do it because of the alarming drop in support they are now experiencing in their once safe seats.

  2. The unNationals stopped representing the everyday farmer ages ago and instead spruik the wares of Big Ag, Big Coal, Big Gas,BIg and Water ripoffs.


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Cartoon of the week – 21 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire