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February 10, 2023

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Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

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Teenage boys extorted over sexually explicit images

In the lead-up to tomorrow's Safer Internet Day the Kids Helpline is highlighting the concerning trend of overseas criminal syndicates preying on Australian children, particularly teenage boys, by extorting money from them after deceiving them to send sexually explicit images over instant messaging platforms.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.

Flow Music presents: Byron Bay

The theatre will be transformed into a festival wonderland, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm, including body and face painting by donation, incredible dancers from Epic Creations, lighting by Tone from Crystal Grid and decor by Bare Foot Beat. 

Allergic reaction from wasp sting tasks WRHS

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service reports that at around 9.30 this morning, they were tasked by New South Wales Ambulance on a primary mission to a property at Tyalgum Creek, west of Murwillumbah.

Perrottet’s election gamble on cashless pokies

It would appear ClubsNSW is not having a good year, and today’s announcement that the NSW government has proposed a gambling reform policy that would ensure all poker machines in the state become cashless by 2028 hasn't made it any better.

Local legend awarded for her work with Red Cross

Kerrie Gray has recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia and is also Ballina Shire's newest Senior Citizen of the Year. She met The Echo in Alstonville to talk about the ongoing crises facing our region, and what everyone can do to help.

Ballina Shire Mayor Cr David Wright is looking to reduce his reliance on plastic bottles.

Plastic has been at the forefront of action on reducing humans impacts on the environment and with Plastic Free July in full swing local councils and environment groups are reminding people to come on board and think about the way you use plastic.

Ballina Shire Council is a Plastic Free July council member and is focusing on reducing plastic waste that goes to landfill.

‘Last year more than 300 million people globally participated in the Plastic Free July challenge. The challenge asks everyday people to practice habits to reduce plastic consumption over the month of July,’ said a council spokesperson.

Ballina Shire Mayor Cr David Wright is on board with the campaign.

‘For Plastic Free July I’m inspired to use my soda maker for sparkling water, which reduces reliance on plastic bottles,’ said Cr Wright. ‘I urge residents to get on board with the challenge and see what solutions they can find.

Takeaway cup challenge

On local group Mullum Cares is calling on the community to take personal responsibility for single-use cup habits – and kick it.

Founder Sasha Mainsbridge says, ‘Imagine that there’s no such thing as a take away coffee cup’.

‘In this Plastic Free Utopia, you’ll be forced to sit down to drink, or go without, if you’ve forgotten your keep cup. If you commit to this simple change, you’ll soon remember to BYO. And all the R&D that’s going into finding a non-landfill single-use cup solution can be redirected to something that actually matters.

‘Choosing to refuse means you need to be prepared with your own takeaway needs. That’s what Plastic Free July is all about.

Sasha adds her organisation is ‘really appreciative that Council is running a “Byron loves BYO” campaign’.

‘It’s seriously supportive during these challenging Covid times. If a cafe tells you they can’t accept keep cups you can just ask, “Would you be able to make my drink in one of your have-here cups, and I’ll tip it into my keep cup?” Problem solved!

Mullum Cares is also advocating adding a cutlery pouch to your reusable cup to make a manageable everyday BYO kit.

Pouch Upcycling Workshop

Mullum Cares Salvage Culture Project is hosting Fabric Cutlery Pouch Upcycling Workshops on Saturday July 17 and 24.

To register to attend a workshop or to read about the Plastic Perfect Match competition go to mullumcares.com.au. For more visit www.plasticfreejuly.org.


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Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

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$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

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Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

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