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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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Embarking on adventure

The 2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Brunswick Heads and the Picture House is calling all adventurers, thrill-seekers, and lovers of the great outdoors. With only two screenings scheduled for 23 and 24 May, tickets are selling fast.

Shambolic roads

With regards to the Echo article, ‘Let’s dive deep into potholes’ (May 15), I am appalled at the attitude...

Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

Goonellabah Skate Park overhaul to start next week

New ‘skate elements’ to be introduced have reportedly been designed by skatepark specialists Trinity Skateparks, with input from ‘local enthusiasts’.

Legal system fails to keep kids safe

Fifteen years ago, Karen Bell’s three children – Bon 18 months, Maddie 5, and Jack 7, were found with their dead father Gary Bell in a vehicle at Perico – a collapsed hippy colony on the NSW far south coast.

Primary care nurses supported in community

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With reference to Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Changing the World with Non-violent Action’ Echo, (14 December). 

We wholeheartedly support Daisy and others in their non-violent direct actions. However, we would like to point out, that there is nothing to be ashamed of to be referred to as ‘radical’. In these so-called enlightened days, it doesn’t take much; one only has to think outside the square to be at odds with the norm. 

The governments and corporations themselves could be referred to as ‘radical’, with their self-serving greedy practices on our planet (the English language is complex). And when it comes to being an ‘extremist’, ask the ‘Green Extremist’ Ian Cohen.

Criticism of others for taking their radical action only weakens one’s cause. There’s nothing that governments like more than to divide people. So keep focused. Isn’t freedom of speech and choice what our ancestors struggled for?

Love is the answer. Happy solstice.

Deborah & Mick Stacey, Ballina


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1 COMMENT

  1. Regardless of the legality of your speech and actions, there are other consequences. You have to think about the optics, and criticising those on your own side for generating poor optics is no vice. I agree that radical agenda can be a good thing – with the caveat that your means can defeat your ends even in victory. The pendulum can always swing back, usually crushing you on the way through.

    If you do not bring the hearts and minds of the people with you, they will act as a spring, storing up resentment energy that once released, will blindly and uncontrollably push exactly opposite to you, even if that is against their own best interests. This is the fate of those who make it about their own emotional needs rather than that for which they purport to altruistically advocate for.

    Though ‘radical’ and ‘extreme’ are separate concepts, best not conflate them lest you be confused for a journalist.

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