7.1 C
Byron Shire
June 14, 2021

A grubby business

Latest News

Sailor rescued from ocean in overnight operation

In a dramatic overnight rescue far offshore North-East of Yamba, Marine Rescue IIuka Yamba volunteers were able to bring to safety a woman who fell overboard from a dismasted catamaran in the dark.

Other News

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: When ‘Yes’ means ‘No’

It seems that even in alternative communities, sexual politics haven’t really been that alternative. Patriarchal narrative reigns supreme. Men tend to be the ‘gurus’, and as it turns out, gurus still like their cock sucked. Generally, by young women.

Developers aim to double Bayside suburb

Developers seeking to double the size of Bayside, a small suburb on the outskirts of Brunswick Heads, have responded to Echo questions around potential traffic congestion and the lack of open spaces. 

Three stabbed, man arrested – Lismore

Three men remain in hospital and a man’s been arrested following a stabbing in Lismore this afternoon.

Lismore Lantern Parade call-out for volunteers

The organisers of the Lismore Lantern Parade (which is happening on Saturday, 19 June) are seeking volunteers to help with the event, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

Dorroughby’s Pocket Forest not rocket science

The Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre (DEEC) are the newest members of a growing, prestigious international club –  the Pocket Forest club.

Byron Golf Clubs Crowns New Ladies Foursome

Kerry Lollback and Joan Neate will have their names added to the Byron Bay Ladies Foursomes Champions board after winning the 27-hole championship held at Byron Bay golf Club.

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council

Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the mental health pressure that the role engenders. I sympathise with him on this. Politics is a grubby business and local government is no exception – councillors are perhaps more accessible here than in large urban electorates, and the harassers, bullies and critics are people you see in the street. Added to that are the social media cowards (and the letter writers to The Echo) who say things in print that they would never say in person. Simon achieved a great deal for this Shire and I hope he can retire to a less stressful post-Council life.

A new group of people are stepping up to the plate this September and I am disheartened, but not entirely surprised, to be hearing falsehoods spread about one of the candidates, Matthew O’Reilly. It is not the first time this has happened – lies about him and his family circulated when he stood up against a very unsuitable development. The lies were easily disproven, but mud sticks. I consider Matthew a friend and a person of integrity and I believe he will make an exceptional councillor. If he, or anyone else, were to baulk at running for Council I would not be surprised. Councillors get paid around $20,000 per year (before tax) – we don’t do the job for the money because it certainly doesn’t cover the hours involved or the personal cost. The campaigning for Council hasn’t even begun yet; I ask that people don’t believe everything you hear and remember to be kind to those who might represent them in the next Council.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Three men stabbed in Goonellabah

Police say a man has been charged and will face court, while three men remain in hospital following an alleged stabbing yesterday.

Running out of time

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock I just returned from the ‘Festival of Resistance’, which happened outside of the weapon expo at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre....

Three stabbed, man arrested – Lismore

Three men remain in hospital and a man’s been arrested following a stabbing in Lismore this afternoon.

Celebrating 35 years of The Echo

The Echo Awards, held every five years, was a great success on Wednesday night as it celebrated 35 years of local independent journalism in the Northern Rivers and the community that have supported it throughout those times.