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Defacing artworks

Mullumbimby is a colourful place. We love all the events, workshops, activities and markets – it all adds to our diverse culture. What we...

Israel Palestine

Audacious, humane, sensible, permanent. Achieving such a solution to the present Middle East crisis would require persons of state, that, unlike the current ones...

Gratitude for the ‘vagina’ events

This year I joined the V-day dance for the first time and I will treasure this sacred gathering for many years to come. To...

Clothing-optional at Tyagarah Beach

I am writing to object to Byron Shire Council’s intention to revoke the clothing-optional status of Tyagarah Beach. I grew up in neighbouring Ballina Shire...

Everyone reads The Echo!

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.

Save Wallum

I listened to the Byron Shire Council (BSC) meeting to hear the fate of the Wallum site. Congrats to the Save Wallum community and...

Pain

I am about to undergo knee replacement surgery and have been advised by Tweed Hospital that as this is a very painful procedure I...

Punishment

There is a justice problem in criminal assault cases if a person who claims to have been assaulted makes a formal complaint, such that...

Lighthouse Road

The section from the bus stop on Lighthouse Road to the divide of the road to Byron Bay, is totally unacceptable. It’s putrid for...

4,000 failed

I attended the flood forum held at the Ballina RSL last Monday and was aghast to hear some of the facts presented. 4,000 people...

Wallum: lies built on foundation of truth

I am 51 and have been homeless for eight years. I live in a van in a paddock. In my younger years I never...

Housing parasites

Trying to fix the housing crisis in the Byron Shire by building more houses is like trying to put out a fire with kerosene....

MIA: Balson on Wallum

Dear Cr Balson, I understand that you attended the Byron Council meeting last Thursday very briefly, but absented yourself from the discussion and vote on...

Green Convoy

Michael Trevaskis (Letters, 8 February) might have enjoyed the extra three years of the miserable and mean Morrison government that his hallowed Brown-led ‘Green...

Knock down Byron’s forests

And another FU to the community, from the dominantly pro-development Council. Submissions due by 23 February on the proposed further housing development of the...

Byron: flats and highrise?

Where are the residents of Byron Bay who are concerned about where we live and the changes afoot? At the Council information sessions for...

Cartoon of the week – 21 February, 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

Wallum vote

Lyon, Swivel, Pugh and Hunter voted on Thursday to let the bulldozers in and destroy Wallum. The Byron electorate trashed the real Green Council...

River to the sea

Here we go again. Another example of the antisemitic slur ‘from the river to the sea’ from Mary McMorrow (Letters, 7 February). If the...

Mary McMorrow

Thank you Mary for your letter in last week’s Echo supporting Israel in its efforts to remove Hamas and other radical Islamist groups from...

Dear Justine

Would you kindly advise what your government is doing to signal its respect for the International Court of Justice’s legally binding decision to do...

Stolen flag

I was a strong supporter of the ‘Yes’ campaign in the referendum last year and each Australia Day I am heartened to see the...

With the bonds

How is it possible for the Australian government to be controlled by organisations that the Australian people did not vote for (NATO, WHO, WEF,...

Justine and Feros

Well Tony that was quite a vitriolic spray, (Letters, 7 February) you certainly don’t miss an opportunity to slag off at the Labor Party,...

Enough is enough?

A new year has turned over to 2024 and we are back with a letter about Julian Assange. We appreciate the concern and alarm by...

Managing free speech and truth as defined by many different voices

I hesitated to add my voice to the chorus about the Gaza conflict, especially to the controversy over The Echo’s publication of a half-page advertisement by the Australian Jewish Association. But to be clear: well done The Echo for doing so...

Cartoon of the week – 14 February, 2024

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

Does anyone care?

Scott Hymas is correct in describing large SUVs as an invasive species (Letters, 31 January). A $200,000 Dodge Ram emits 506g of CO2 for...

Water use

If we use our water resources wisely and respectfully there should be no need for more dams. Some years ago on the New Inventors...

Take a good look

Australia Day (26 January) has come and gone, yet again. Social media posts are filled with bitching about Aussies staking out their turf on some...

New beginnings

I love Australia. I was born here, have grown up here, spent my 20s taking road trips up and down the east coast, surfing,...

Cash or credit?

I enjoyed Richard Jones’s article (24 January) on how we should not abandon cash for credit cards, and I agree with it 100 per...

Gaza justification

If there were ever a just war it is Israel against Hamas in Gaza. The 7 October invasion is an example of what Israel...

Feros vitriol

We shouldn’t be surprised by provoking vitriol from their supporters (Keith Duncan’s letter, 31 January) when we challenge a politician to live up to...

Houses to flood

The constraints on housing development in our area are well known locally, as described in a letter last week, although apparently not recognised by...

Queenslanders

Every time I hear on the news of the cyclones and floods in Queensland I think of the green convoy to the Adani coal...

Hot and humid

You may be standing up against the sheep who are following climate change false narratives or against the billionaires trying to take over the...

Investment fraud charges – Gold Coast

Detectives from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group have arrested and charged five people in relation to an alleged ‘boiler room’ investment fraud operating on the Gold Coast.

How to supply water to the increasing population?

It is predicted that the next 40 years will see the demand for water increase by 50 per cent in the local government areas that Rous County Council supply with water.

Protections can’t wait another seven years for NSW critical habitat 

Protections are needed now for native habitat in NSW as the state has seen a significant increase in native habitat clearing following the NSW...

Appeal following attempted abduction – Tweed Heads

Investigators are appealing for public assistance as investigations continue into an attempted abduction in Tweed Heads at the weekend.