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August 6, 2021

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No border bubble for NSW–Qld border – restrictions outlined

Eleven local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland have now been identified as areas of concern in relation to COVID-19.

Other News

Be CaféSmart about a cuppa donation for homelessness charities

Most people would be shocked to know how close to homelessness some people in the community are – some people might be very shocked to know how close they themselves are to homelessness. It doesn’t take much.

Railway and rail trail working together

Chris Abraham, Mullumbimby Creek The rail service between Casino and Murwillumbah was suspended by the NSW Government without any public...

Westerly winds challenge Tweed Valley sailors

Matt Andrews The experience of John Haywood and the other crew members of Capers triumphed in the winter westerlies and...

Cartoon of the week – 4 August, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Two missing persons alerts on Northern Rivers

One of the cases is a woman who has been missing for more than a month.


Sarah Smith, Byron Shire Finally, our premier is speaking a language that the business community of Sydney should comprehend – a...

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay

I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but the article on page 5, of Echo 2 June, concerning a Byron rally about ‘forced COVID-19 vaccinations,’ disappoints me greatly.

Even Blind Freddy knows vaccination is voluntary. The article has no by-line, which indicates it is not written by an Echo journalist. It appears as though it was written by the rally organiser. The photo is ‘supplied’, meaning it’s not taken by an Echo photographer.

The article quotes the organiser regarding different topics as speaking on behalf of ‘many Australians,’ ‘many’, and ‘people’. He states his points of view, has no medical or scientific information and there is no statement from anyone who knows anything about the horrible virus.

The last paragraph takes the cake, inferring that if people had a ‘healthy lifestyle and immune system’, they wouldn’t get the coronavirus – despite huge numbers of healthy people getting it. He adds, ‘then, if they do get COVID-19, treat any symptoms with known non-toxic available antiviral drugs.’

I suggest the organiser talks [and all the ‘protesters’ talk] to someone who has had COVID-19 and nearly died, and to relatives of people who have died from it, to get some sensibility about the illness. His claims are damaging and ridiculous.

I’m qualified to say this. I survived COVID-19.

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