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Mystery of the gospel

The word gospel means ‘good news’, and I wondered why with so many people seemingly doomed forever. Can you see the anomaly? In a letter...

GG, Bob Carr, and Morrison

Back page note (7 September) from Bob Carr that the Governor-General (GG) got $18m from Morrison at the same time as the secret signing...

West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to prepare for flooding. The flooding...

Odd row of lights

Just following up the letter from Sarah Smith in the August 31 issue. It was a Starlink satellite train. My webcam captured the scene. Michael...

Koala stranded

The plight of koalas was demonstrated very well this week with a koala found dangerously stranded in the main street of Murwillumbah. Others have...

Native bush damage

The recent drain clearing in Bayside Brunswick, while most welcome, has resulted in significant destruction to native vegetation on either side of the bush...

Chile baloney

What a lot of baloney Will Lilley writes in saying Allende ‘brought it upon himself’ when he was overthrown in a military coup by...

Frustrated train support

I gather Mr Clitheroe (comments on The Echo online: www.echo.net.au/rail-trail-option-to-be-explored) was present at Murwillumbah Railway Station on 24 September taking photos to put on...

Rail trail concerns 

People are astonished that Byron Shire Councillors have voted to spend ratepayers’ resources exploring the rail trail option on the Byron Shire section of...

Questioning Council

Regarding Hans Lovejoy’s article regarding Council ‘needing to get a spine and represent the community for a change’ and ‘Shouldn’t councillors question poor policy...

Keeping it local at the Bangalow Bowlo

‘The Bangalow Bowlo’s future is in the hands of their membership’ Norths Collective CEO Luke Simmons tells us that many clubs have turned to ‘strong...

Betrayed by Byron Council

Regarding short-term holiday rentals – residents of Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park have a right to feel betrayed by Byron Shire Council’s recommendation to...

Down the gurgler

Council’s guiding Community/Social/Environment Policy of ‘Going down the Gurgler’ is going well. The hard-fought No Club Med and subsequent Becton campaigns, to retain a...

Rupert forever!

Interesting to read David Lovejoy’s editorial Gerontocracy rules, okay? and contemplate the worse than apocalyptic prospect of an immortal Rupert.  For more on the ever-widening gap...

A time to remember – who’s reality

May I correct Damian Kassabgi’s account of the events of 11 September 1973 when Salvador Allende was overthrown. Allende, while himself not a Communist,...

Cartoon of the week – 14 September 2022

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Quiet achievers

Thank you to Mandy Nolan for her wonderful article on the Country Women’s Association (CWA). Her personal experience of CWA’s support would be a...

The unholy trinity

Flooding, drainage, construction – the unholy trinity. Mr Holloway declined to answer questions by The Echo regarding drain maintenance, then diverted onto commenting about the...

Controlled markets

Our country’s economic problems ie the cost of living! Is because we have an open, competitive capitalist economy. The people with the capital, the assets...

TOOT. Trains Of Optional Thoughts.

I appreciate Louise Doran’s (31 August) and anyone else’s passion for getting trains back on the 1894 Murwillumbah to Casino line. But it’s time...

West Byron floods

During the recent floods, hard evidence was revealed. Physical observation and photos de-mystified the trope that West Byron does not flood. Evidence reveals that...

Feminism & festival

Recently, a friend and I were chatting with ‘Joe’ (white bloke, late 40s) about what we (white women, late 60s) considered some of the...

Third time lucky

Remember those ugly plastic bollards Council put up at the Stuart St/Burringbar St intersection that got knit-bombed immediately by some kind-hearted soul? I was...

Bruns parking

Concerning the underground car parking issue in Brunswick Heads, the wording of the development control plan (DCP) says in plain English that underground car...

Cartoon of the week – 7 September, 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.

Village Council meetings

Enough already. When will we once again be regaled by the theatre of a Council meeting? It has been nine months since our new...

Robo justice

How good is it to see our new Labor government delivering on yet another election promise, and what a massive difference compared to previous...

Moving forward

Matt Eggleston’s interpretation of the Chinese Ambassador’s address at the National Press Club demonstrates an ignorance of Chinese culture and policy. Far from inflammatory,...

Israel and Gaza

Gareth Smith yet again posts two anti-Israel letters (3 and 17 August) and his wild statements can be easily disproven by looking at the...

Ministry moment

Hello Barnaby Joyce MP, I am an ordinary person shopping at IGA and I do care about the fact that Mr Morrison secretly swore...

Heartbroken

Today I saw a terrible photo of a calf covered in faeces, drowning, blinded by the strong ammonia on those ships of death of...

Commendations to Byron Shire Council

Commendations to Byron Shire Council, the mayor and councillors for their willingness to liaise with relevant State bodies and the community to provide a...

Drugs bad, alcohol good

Reading David Heilpern’s satirical article (24 August) I remembered the huge sign over Ewingsdale Road near the hospital with dramatic words to the effect...

Supporting building on floodplains

It seems Dom Perrottet has issued a request for the flood study to support the disaster arranged by Steph Cooke and Michael Lyon. Instead...

Pointless planning

I recently completed a bathroom addition, and had initially decided to install a bidet. During the building process, I decided to omit the bidet. When...

Odd row of lights

Please explain the row of 46 lights I saw track steadily across the sky at 5.25am in a SE-NW direction, west of Mullum, on...

Trees away

Last week my breakfast reverie was interrupted by the sound of chainsaws close by. Looking out I saw a team of men in hi-vis...

Cartoon of the week – 31 August, 2022

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Pods and caravans

Resilience NSW should place the pods/caravans at the properties of those affected. I’d rather be in a pod on my own drive/garden than moved...

‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.