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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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A Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme is needed

This will be the year of the jab. And in from Byron Shire, that poses some interesting questions.

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

Bob Stewart appeal date set

The man found guilty of cruelty charges against a pet dog in South Golden Beach will have his fate decided in Lismore in May.

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

New look and feel for Echonetdaily readers

Every old Echonetdaily is renewed again – the face of our online presence has had a lift as we...

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day...

Be ready for bush fires:

Prepare, Act, Survive

The NSW Rural Fire Service has heaps of information available online at rfs.nsw.gov.au to help you prepare your house and family for the possibility of a bush fire. The service describes the three steps necessary as Prepare, Act, Survive.

Some of the helpful advice found in the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.
Some of the helpful advice found in the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.

To Prepare, RFS offers a Bush Fire Survival Plan [PDF] as one of the best ways to help improve the safety of you and your family before the impact of, or during a bush fire.
Preparation is not just about cleaning up around the house and having a plan. It is also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.

Regardless of your decision to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you still need to prepare your property against the threat of a bush fire.

In order to Act, the RFS says part of knowing what to do is knowing the Bush Fire Danger Ratings, which are usually displayed on signs at the edge of towns. The Fire Danger Ratings should be your first trigger for activating your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

During periods of increased fire danger and when there is a bush fire in your area, it’s important that you stay up to date. Information is available on the RFS info line at 1800 679 737.

To Survive, residents are asked to heed the alert levels Advice, Watch And Act and Emergency Warning. During a fire, you need to follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. That means you should have already decided if you are going to Leave Early or Stay and Defend your home.
According to the RFS, the safest option for you and your family during a bush fire is to leave early.

During a bush fire, it’s important you have ready access to items which may save your life. Find out what you should put in your Emergency Survival Kit. The heat from a bush fire can kill you. That’s why it’s important to wear clothing that will not only protect you from the heat but also from smoke and embers.

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...