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August 3, 2021

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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.

Other News

There’s a Byron Shire north?

Jenny Mansfield, Ocean Shores I received a calendar via letterbox drop from Alan Hunter ‘Vote 1 for Byron Shire Council’. They...

Byron beach erosion

Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach)...

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...

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

Council negligence

Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores Interesting article by Steve Hansen regarding artificial reefs for Byron’s erosion problem (Echo, 21 July). He mentions...

Byron businesses buckle down

The Greater Sydney lockdown has had a direct impact on local businesses who have seen a dramatic fall in customer numbers, particularly in Byron Bay.

Daniel O’Brien, Federal

I love The Echo, thanks. Regarding misinformation and COVID-19; John Donellan’s letter implies that vaccination ‘would slow the death rate through reduced transmission’; and again, in The Echo / Cosmos article, it is implied that the community is ‘at greater risk when there aren’t enough people vaccinated’. Yet there is no published evidence indicating that vaccination prevents contraction or transmission of the virus.

[Ed Note: According to the Australian government the COVID vaccine does provide protection against COVID see: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/how-do-covid-19-vaccines-work#how-will-a-vaccine-prevent-covid19.]

If you can accept the vaccination, your chances of surviving COVID increase, however, risk remains, in relation to contracting and transmitting, and for those susceptible to adverse reactions. COVID vaccination is a choice, not an obligation to others. Unlike the US and UK, Australia has no compensation scheme for sufferers of known side-effects.

Paul Bibby’s article, ‘Council staff lukewarm with homelessness solutions’ was no surprise. I hoped for announcement of BSC’s ground-breaking decision to comply with NSW regulations, which compel them to provide short-term and emergency accommodation for locals in need at First Sun Holiday Park. Short-term assistance can lead to long-term success, and First Sun is secure with suitable lodgings. It is a shame commercial fees are prioritised above obligation to vulnerable members of our community, or is it risk-fearing lawyers advising excuses instead of guidance?

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  1. Yer I want council to put me up at First Sun Holiday Park for free too.
    I guess they’ll point out they are other less salubrious & cheaper places…. where I might be welcome if I was vaccinated.


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