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Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

With many many local councils are juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

Other News

From Lismore XR to multi-faith ARRCC – now is the time for climate action

From XR to religious multi-faith networks the call is becoming stronger for real action on climate change.

Local councils reopen services post-lockdown

The Ballina, Byron Lismore and Tweed councils have all been quick off the mark to let residents know that they are back on deck for public interaction and many families separated by LGA borders were able to reunite from Saturday.

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

Thank you Mayor Lyon

Thank you, Mayor Lyon for highlighting the risks in having visiting film crew, real estate speculators and the like...

Lismore’s plateau Lizard will sleep no more

The last time the Lismore Mayor and Councillor met in the Goonellabah chambers, there was a historic decision to hand back culturally sensitive land to the local Indigenous people. In a sequel to the fate of the Lismore plateau, traditionally known as the Sleeping Lizard, the outcome was a little differen

Not enough ICU beds

My best mate lives in a country town in the UK. Over the last year, she estimates around 10...

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Wil Ash, Mullumbimby

I found it unbelievable to open The Echo and see the brightly coloured card telling us all to chill out, slow down and… get the vax. What right does an independent newspaper have to tell us to get the jab?

We have only one point of view in the media. Anyone who disagrees gets punished, ridiculed or loses their job. Is that what is called a democracy or have we unknowingly found ourselves in a dictatorship?

Don’t you at The Echo look for more information from independent sources? On top of that we have our local comedian comparing our good fortune to that of a woman completely covered up. No one is mentioning our own immune system, which I have mentioned before. Neither fresh air, clean food and actually looking after our own bodies and our children’s.

The Mullum markets is closed [due to customers not following COVID protocols. It has now re-opened], which is our weekly food supply. The bottle shop is open. Really, which is more important?

Where is our right to speak out, to hug, to freely breathe, to sit down and chat? None of that is allowed any more. Is everyone really all right with that?

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  1. If we do that in the short term then we can hug, breathe freely and chat, but not at the moment. you do know vaccines bust your immune system to help fight this virus. Anyway follow the advice of the insert and think of others.

    • “ you do know vaccines bust your immune system to help fight this virus ” ~ no I didn’t and previously you had us believing vaccines were wholesome!

      “ follow the advice of the insert ” ~ of a rectum expert?


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