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Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The...

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Mullumbimby Indian Restaurant

The Mullum Indian Restaurant is situated, conveniently, a short drive from town, at the Mullumbimby Golf Club and...

Lismore to celebrate Australia Day with awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Many people will celebrate Australia Day next week and Lismore City Council has announced some of the nominees for this year’s Australia Day Awards.

Food for thought?

‘The fundamental cause of the trouble,’ he wrote, ‘is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while...

Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 2022

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.

The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

Ready-to-go 100 per cent green community power at a solar farm will be over 30 per cent more efficient compared to rooftop solar.

Living for 30 years in the Byron Shire, paying taxes and rates, but as a non-Australian, I have no voting rights here. That does not stop me from political interest and actions. Bruce Clarke visited on Byron Eco Park, and he is supportive of the Tyagarah Green Energy (TGE) concept. The presentation of Bruce and his team at the Community Centre was inspiring.

First of all TGE needs government support and money with potential to grow from <5MW on Byron Eco Park to over 60MW on neighbouring farms, and implementing rooftop solar. Byron Council and TGE are working together with Essential Energy on a pilot demonstration project.

This letter is written together with my 20-year-old daughter, a first time voter. She respects my lifetime experience, as do other people who know me. She will vote for Bruce and his team. Please join us for the benefit of residents and future generations. Like other voters I am convinced that Bruce Clarke is our best candidate for mayor.

Saskia and Dieter Hortsmann, Tyagarah


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Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.