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Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

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Following the lead of Western Australia and Victoria

Following the leads of Western Australia and Victoria by adopting a plan to phase out logging of public native forests, is what a local alliance is asking of the NSW Government.

Berry bright future

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State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

Local councils reopen services post-lockdown

The Ballina, Byron Lismore and Tweed councils have all been quick off the mark to let residents know that they are back on deck for public interaction and many families separated by LGA borders were able to reunite from Saturday.

How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

David Gilet, Byron Bay

In regard to sustainable villages – I recently watched a documentary on giraffes in the country of Niger. The people, their domestic animals, and giraffes all seemed to coexist pretty successfully. There was footage of giraffes and people within metres of each other, basically ignoring each other. But there were problems. First the giraffes were driven away from the waterholes in the dry season to allow cattle to drink, which meant the giraffes only had access at night. Second, although it was against the law to cut acacias, the giraffes’ main food source, the people were too poor to be able to obey it. Third, the giraffes ate their bean crop.

It occurred to me how a renewable energy power source would transform these people’s lives. Electricity could be used for cooking, lighting, and refrigeration. It could also power pumps, small workshops, and electric fences to protect the bean crops. If such a system were applied throughout the Third World, maybe along the lines of the Bangladeshi small loans scheme, the world could be transformed.

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