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Swivel by name, drivel by nature

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Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Dear Byron Shire Council

Why, oh why, did you not add a traffic calming device when you recently sealed Clay Rd, Mullumbimby? This was...

Mother and Daughter Stop Logging in Yarratt Forest

Two women who grew up in the Manning Valley are currently suspended from trees with  ropes connected to, and stopping, logging in Yarratt Forest north of Taree.

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is...

Vinnies

What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is...

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.

Dr Ray Moynihan, Suffolk Park

What an utter joy to have the Byron Farmers Market open again last week (Echo, 18 August), complete with COVID Safe practices.

Like many in the Shire, our family is addicted to fresh citrus, passion-ate fruit, bananas and all the rest of the bounty, and withdrawal symptoms quickly kick in with market closure.

We appreciate shutdowns owing to COVID will, at times, be unavoidable, but as we move to the post-pandemic recovery, and the world focusses more on what matters most, let’s celebrate and grow these local treasures.

The contribution of farmers’ markets to our physical, social, and planetary health is incalculable.


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