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Criminalising protest

In another Sstate government descent into criminalising protest, to protect their own government’s sabotage of a liveable planet, last...

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Get dead set on Dying to Know Day

Research shows that 87 per cent of Australians agree that at least some end-of-life planning is important however many often experience barriers to taking action.

Potholes

Who’s with me in launching a class action against Byron and Lismore councils for compensation for us hapless ratepayers...

Beekeepers can get a permit to move hives away from flood water

With so many challenges currently surrounding the bee industry, it comes as a relief to many that NSW Department of Primary Industries will issue a special group permit for beekeepers in flood warning areas to move their hives to higher ground.

OS Community Garden launches food stall

Members of the Shara Community Gardens gathered on July 31 to launch their new food exchange stall on Shara...

AFL9s return to Byron after covid hiatus

Byron Bay’s Cavanbah Centre is set to host the two-day AFL9s Invitational tournament with $20,000 worth of prize money...

A well-thought-out blend

Noy Ben Ami says that he ‘feels the vibe of the crowd and place’ before he starts to play his original music.

May 11, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.48 – May 11, 2022

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In this Issue:

One Nation ‘ghost’ haunting Richmond

Less than a week out from the election, mystery surrounds the One Nation candidate and her connection to the electorate.

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Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

Regenerating Australia, by Damon Gameau, is a short film that looks back at the next ten years from the eve of 2029 and recounts all of the actions we have taken on climate change and ecological degradation.

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Election 2022

As we edge closer to the federal election, Australia, like most advanced middle-ranking economies is facing some headwind challenges that require government intervention (RBA), in our case rising inflation. This in turn will mean raising interest rates. For most people,...

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Cost of living and taxes

Why is there so much interest in stats and percentages? How does the average house price or rent translate to the person in the street? What does four per cent unemployed mean? Cost of living where we add together food,...

What happens after two years?

The recent floods have left many people homeless. Trying to address this problem, local councils have waived some of the current building rules to allow people to erect temporary dwellings, which will be allowed to stay in place for...

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Creating homelessness

Having lived for 80 years on Argyle Street with a history of family living from number 1 to number 57 over four generations I can state none of these homes have ever flooded. The town infrastructure was constructed to...

Wallaby death SGB

To the family that allowed their large black dog to repeatedly attack and maul the beautiful wallaby on South Golden Beach Monday afternoon: Despite refusing to give your names or take any responsibility for this cruel and vicious act –...

Flood recovery 2022 must be community led and flexible

The recent news that our mighty NSW State Government are going to step into the Northern Rivers as a sort of Mary Poppins and over-arch their solutions into an umbrella of several councils via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was met with cheer and skepticism.

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Wardell Hall CORE

They always say that emergencies such as bushfires and floods bring out the best in people, but do they? The War Memorial Hall at Wardell, Northern NSW, is currently occupied by Wardell CORE Inc, which is a community group helping...

The shock of Lismore

As two Bendigoians, visiting Northern NSW over the past ten days, we quite expected to see flood damage in many parts of the region. For weeks we had watched from afar the unfurling devastation of the floods from Lismore to...

Who is candidate Terry Sharples?

Tweed-based Richmond candidate for the May 21 election, Terry Sharples, has described himself as a ‘True Independent’, yet there is little online information regarding his platform, funding and professional background.

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Mullum’s drainage

We are one of many households in Mullum that lost their home and belongings in the February flood. Two months after the event we are still trying to get to grips with the way this has turned our lives...

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Modular homes for flood victims head to Bruns

Two vacant blocks in the Bayside housing estate in Brunswick Heads, and land that once contained that town’s sewage treatment plant, have been chosen to host temporary ‘modular houses’ for those left homeless by the recent floods.

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Editorial – E-con-oh-my

If there’s one thing that the LNP lays claim to, above all else, it is the assertion that they are the better managers of the economy. But what does this bold claim actually mean?

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Health report warns of inadequate services

The NSW health system is ‘failing residents of rural, regional and remote areas,’ a State government inquiry has found.

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IMOP

The slogan of the so-called Informed Medical Options Party is ‘Truth, Transparency and Accountability in Politics’. Presumably their dedication to these goals is why they dropped mention of vaccination from their name. One of their candidates recently had his ‘it’s...

Byron design

Many years ago I toyed with the idea of starting an annual ‘Fugly Architectural Design Awards Byron Inc’, but the acronym (FADABinc) was never going to catch on even though the concept thrived. However, with the advent of so many...

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Labor MP responds to her party’s pro coal/gas agenda

While the Liberal-Nationals parties are wedded to fossil fuels through political donations, and their employees oscillate between government jobs and the mining sector, Labor have also supported the introduction of new gas and coal mines, despite the urgent warning to reduce carbon emissions by climate scientists.

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Collaborative government

I have heard a number of people saying that we have to vote Labor first to get rid of Morrison as they are the only party who could ‘form government’. Yet Labor voted to frack the Beetleloo Basin and...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Aborting Freedom

Why are women still having to fight for bodily autonomy? What’s happening in the US right now could have more sinister implications for the reproductive rights of women all around the world. And let’s be clear, data from the World Health Organisation shows that banning abortion has no effect on abortion rates throughout the world. It does however have an impact on women’s safety and their mortality. 

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Cartoon of the week – 11 May, 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.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 11 May,...

It couldn’t be funnier if it was in Byron… oh wait! The Byron Comedy Fest is a carefully curated event for our community and it will be hitting the foreshore of Main Beach 9–12 June. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich...

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A passion for oysters

Almost all our community have been affected by the floods in one way or another, but oyster farmers are particularly vulnerable to flooding. When you’re an oyster farmer, the rain only has to reach 30mm in 24 hours before a 21-day closure period is put in place. Even then, the water testing has to meet the highest standards for ensuring freedom from pollutants before you are allowed to continue.

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Argentinian style BBQ at Barrio

Kicking off on Wednesday 18 May, Barrio is throwing a weekly Argentinian style barbeque bash. The char-grilled offering will focus on a new selection of rare cuts of meat and local vegetables each week, with a monthly guest chef appearance. 

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Red hot Stoner experience

I was lucky enough to visit Stone & Wood recently to see the initial brew being made of the 2022 Stone Beer, the star attraction at the upcoming Festival of the Stone at Stone & Wood’s Byron brewery site on Saturday 4 June.

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Mullum pods

First, Hans Lovejoy’s article ‘emergency wedged’ was educational, factual and provided valuable information to the community. Michele Grant’s letter (27 July) was emotive overgeneralisations...

Flood residents get $650 from Lismore Council

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg today announced that 1,558 residents will receive a grant of $650 from the Lismore Flood Appeal.

Barilaro begs off today’s Upper House committee inquiry

Today's scheduled hearing for the Upper House committee inquiry into the appointment of Mr John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas has been cancelled.

The COVID-19 Booster: Latest news from the pandemic

The COVID-19 Booster is Cosmos Magazine’s weekly shot of the latest research, news and data from the pandemic.