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December 5, 2021


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Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

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Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by...

Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused river level rises along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers with the Wilsons...

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

Experience counts

I have been advised by someone in the know that it is not wise to cast your vote for...

Growing number of dogs

Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in...

Vote for community

From 2007 to 2020, I lived in Byron Bay. I worked as a community-based coastal and marine researcher and...

Keith Duncan, Pimlico

Thank God this corruption-riddled Berejiklian/Barilaro government does not have a majority in the NSW upper house. Environmentalists in NSW have just breathed a huge sigh of relief when Labor, the Greens and other crossbenchers combined to vote down a second attempt by the government to legalise more and likely illegal ‘water harvesting’ in the stressed-out Murray/Darling (M/D) Basin.

The big irrigators (National Party donors), want the NSW Government to legitimise ‘floodplain water harvesting’. This involves the current practice of capturing water moving across their properties using levee banks and channels and diverting it into huge private dams before it even reaches the river.

The practice has been blamed for sharp falloffs of inflows into the entire M/D system and undermines the whole M/D basin plan. The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists found that two trillion litres of water, enough to fill Sydney Harbour four-and-a-half-times, had simply ‘disappeared’ from the system since 2012.

Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers have launched an upper house inquiry into how this questionable practice has been allowed to proliferate over the last decade, after the Crown Solicitor has warned it was very likely illegal. What more can possibly be said regarding the appalling environmental practices of the NSW National Party and their Federal cohorts except this: only removing the cancer will save the patient.  


The Indigenous People of the area, the Barkindji (river people) call the Darling River the Barka (river) – Ed

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Responsible dog owner

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Dogs need control

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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

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