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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 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.

Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

This Sunday, 7 March, Ballina Coastcare is inviting everyone who cares about Ballina's environment to Step Up To Clean Up, and join a special event for Clean Up Australia Day.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Jason van Tol, Myocum

The Echo’s superb investigative journalism revealing that Reflections paid the police to shut down the drum circle (20 January) raises a number of serious questions, as well as the hair on the back of my neck.

Has this been done before? If so, where, when, and for what reasons? If not, what precedent does it set for a User Pays principle of buying the state’s forces? How much does it cost to have the police shut down ‘an event’? Where exactly does the money go and how is it used? What private analogues exist to this practice and how do they link up with the public police force? Where does the responsibility lie for police resources used to shut down a peaceful event when they could have been deployed elsewhere at the same time for fighting real crimes?

Suppose someone were murdered while the police were busy making money to use their force to terminate a fun and peaceful ‘event’ while the murder could have been stopped otherwise? All of these and many other questions deserve to be answered in the full light of careful public scrutiny.


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