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Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

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New digs for Bangalow Lions Club

After 30 years of using a makeshift shed at the Bangalow Showground for their bar and barbecue, the Bangalow Lions Club have opened their newly constructed Lions Kiosk.

Regional Lions Club funding gets a new 10-seater for the Rainbow Dragons

Ross Kendall The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club (RRDBC) will have a new, 10-seater boat for competition training thanks to...

SE Queensland’s lockdown and local schools

The South East Queensland three day lockdown, from 4pm Saturday 31 July to 4pm Tuesday 3 August 2021, will...

Federal MP and rural Drs blast NSW Premier Berejiklian over Pfizer supplies

The decision by NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian to redirect Pfizer supplies from the North Coast to Sydney has drawn criticism from local Federal MP Justine Elliot.

Bruns North Arm

Jillian Spring, BillinudgelRegarding your article ‘A positive change to bring back the Bruns’, (Echo, 14 July). Since 2013/14 submissions to Council,...

Byron’s bioenergy facility DA

David Dixon, Byron Bay I am concerned Council’s bioenergy project has received no external financial scrutiny and that my requests for...

Zenith Virago, Brunswick Heads

I would just like to thank everyone for your loving messages of congratulations. It was overwhelming to be nominated and to become the 2021 Byron Citizen of the Year. Thank you everyone. It was so unexpected, but it feels fabulous to be recognised and honoured by the community. I also want to honour the other nominees for their community work.

I trust it will encourage people to do the work they believe in, to stand up for the causes they believe in, to be unconventional, to be queer and visible, and to learn so many rich life lessons to become the very best people we can be, with all our imperfections. To not be afraid. 

It’s been an incredible experience to live this one wild and precious life, to have been an unruly, outspoken feminist and dyke. To somehow, slowly to have become an easily accessible community resource, to stand strongly for women’s issues, and to protest against violence on women and children. To create and present the V Day flashmob and the Vagina Conversations, and encourage the word vagina to be in more common usage. To stand up openly for LGBTIQ issues, equal human rights and marriage equality. To have made dying, death, and loss a more familiar, and easier to bear experience. To dive deep into death, ceremony and our rites of passage with so many courageous and capable people. To marry over 2,500 couples, to have had so much fun doing it, to have met such incredible people, to love and be loved. I feel so fortunate.

So, to all of us living, working, and volunteering to make ourselves, our friends, our families, our communities and our worlds more holistic, concerned, connected and kind – never give up. Every little action, every loud noisy protest, every debate counts. We really do need to be the change we want to see.


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