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April 20, 2021

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

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Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane...

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Jo Faith, Newtown

Thank you all at [ITAL]The Echo[/ITAL] for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise of democracy, do take the time to read, in another independent journal [ITAL]The Monthly[/ITAL] (February 2021), Nick Feik analysing the many layers of evidence of corruption in Morrison’s government. A government of endless scandal – and the total dismissal of public interest. It’s very scary and will create the ongoing conditions for authoritarianism to rise… resulting in ongoing social disasters as big business profits.

As if this is not enough, the rise of Pauline Hanson and her racist politics can be viewed in the recent ‘reforms’ to the Family Court. These ill thought out supposed ‘reforms’ will have direct impacts on First Nations women and children. The legal fraternity are shocked by the manner in which these ‘reforms’ have occurred under the Morrison Government. The Family Court in Australia is globally respected.

I may be naive but I always understood that a democracy is defined by the separation of powers between the Judiciary and the Executive. In this case we need to be aware that this act is indeed a non-democratic act! How do we socially define Australia? Our vote means nothing as pork barrelling ascends and public interest is dismissed. More to the point, sociologists have defined these social relationships as ‘Mafia like’ (read ‘Game of Mates’). Where does ecological integrity belong in these twisted power relationships?

HELP PLEASE.


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Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.

Rise and shine!

Early morning starts are not a usual routine for chefs at the Ballina RSL Club. March was an exception when Chef Halie Welsh rallied some staff and friends together to take part in Ian Thorpe’s Laps For Life charity. A team of ten hit the Ballina Pool at 7am every day during March to raise funds For ReachOut’s Laps For Life challenge. 

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.