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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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Arabs rights

Regarding Heilpern’s article: 1. Not a token of non-Jews serve in the army. By and large the whole Muslim...

A fairytale end to Skullcandy Oz Grom Open

Organisers of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open say yesterday's final event was a fairytale finish to the competition with...

Man assaulted – Tweed Heads South

Police have commenced an investigation following an assault at a Tweed Heads shopping centre yesterday afternoon.

72 house-raises and retrofits announced  

Seventy-two homeowners in the Ballina electorate will receive government funding to raise and retrofit their flood-affected homes, says local NSW Greens MP, Tamara Smith. 

26 Tweed Safe Places announced for Tweed women and children

The death of women, and danger to children, in intimate partner violence remains in the spotlight. Richmond MP Justine Elliot has announced that the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program will provide 26 Tweed Safe Places in Tweed Shire

Policy ambition, age and conservatives 

The sad state of conservative politics has again dominated the world stage this week, with the Tory wipeout in the UK, and a chaotic result in the French elections, reducing President Macron’s Centralist Alliance to 168 seats in the 577-seat parliament. 

Whooo hooo! Byron Bay business community donates $1,360 to BayFM… ‘Please Sir, can I have some more?’ should have been the headline in last week’s Echo story.

I suspected there was little enough community spirit in Byron but this is getting ridiculous. The business community would make that much profit in 30 seconds of trading on a good day, 30 minutes on a really bad day.

I can’t imagine the shit-eating grin that BayFM volunteers had to spread over their justifiably gobsmacked faces after hearing that they would now be able to pay another week’s bills. Gone are the days when Tom Mooney would drop off cases of beer to the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) xmas party (natural allies we were not!), or heaven forbid that a local real estate agent (Paul McCarthy) would donate the Railway Park rotunda to home the BEC (after having been evicted from Railway Cottage), or in your wildest dreams that a local greenie troublemaker like myself should be given the Byron Chamber of Commerce Environmental Award for services to the community.

Even the Silver Fox himself, RIP, would turn in his grave if he knew how emaciated the coffers of the current chamber have become. I am deeply saddened to see nothing left of the community I once called home and do not regret for a minute the move west I made many years ago. I now belong to a community that has nowhere near the wealth of Byron, but I can guarantee that we could raise that much with a chook raffle on a rainy day.

Stuart McConville, Barkers Vale


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