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Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

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Cartoon of the week – 22 May, 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.

Getting groovy with Ino

Originally from NZ, Ino Pio is proud to have called the Northern Rivers home for the last decade. When visiting Byron Bay or Ballina you will be sure to see him playing around town.

Local Labor MP supports Future Gas Strategy

Climate research scientist, Joelle Gergis, has joined other scientists, academics, think tanks and economists in condemning federal Labor’s Future Gas Strategy, which was released last week.

Causes of death

There’s been a lot of talk about an epidemic of violence against women lately, including Dr Ray Moynihan’s article...

The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are being silly in a film take of the ‘80s television series: The Fall Guy. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

Dance for Brazil

The Mahico and Aruanda crews are joining hands to invite the entire community to be a part of Dance for Brazil – a day to flood Brazil with support, this Sunday in Byron Bay.

January 25, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.33 – January 25, 2023

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Who’s extinct now?

The Nationals MP for Clarence, Mr Gulaptis, is soon to retire and I can hear the koalas clapping. As the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Forestry, he was the prime instigator of the NSW ‘Koala Wars’ and in the...

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‘DISASTER’

Government ‘DISASTER’ signs promoting fear of floods are affecting property sales. We are trying to sell our beautiful family home in Mullumbimby, which was above the flood last year and sales are very slow. Our agent says people are worried...

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Medicinal cannabis; a better way forward

For the first time ever, I am living my truths and no one is trying to hurt me because of it. This is a much better way. 

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Old ANZ Mullum

The old ANZ Bank building on Burringbar Street in Mullum is now a bathhouse; such yuppy city indulgence to far removed from being authentic in a small laidback country town. A lovely long-time local lady told me to have a...

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Vinnies

What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is bland, soulless and devoid of the character that it had before the flood – in spades. Corporate Vinnies has taken over....

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The greater good

Byron Council has ratified the International Charter of Human Rights, complete with fine legal minds that developed a Charter of Rights. This was initiated by the Ngara Institute, Mullumbimby. A very progressive stance by Council and the Institute. This...

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Agreement on floodplains

The Echo reports Paul Toole, Minister for Regional NSW, stating that we must stop development on floodplains, stop making the mistakes of the past, as inevitably floods will occur. PM Albanese said it 13/7/22. Premier Perrottet said it 12/7/22....

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Greyhound nightmare

Has the greyhound racing industry no shame? The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has condemned an invasive and painful greyhound breeding technique used on about 80 per cent of greyhound mothers. The procedure involves cutting into the dog’s abdomen, removing her...

Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

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Coastal dystopia

Proto-existentialist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote ‘Money is human happiness in the abstract, and so the man who is no longer capable of enjoying such happiness in the concrete sets his whole heart on money’. Forgive me for quoting philosophy in...

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Editorial – Quick! Tax the wich and tax them, vewy wuffly

Oxfam delivered a stark message in its current annual report, Survival of the Richest, which focuses on global wealth distribution and inequality.

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Survival/Australia Day celebration – Byron Shire

There are events being held across the Byron Shire on January 26 to celebrate both Survival and Australia Day.

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‘The greater good’

I write regarding the proposed development at 6–10 Station Street in Bangalow. Having attended the movie ‘The Hidden Life of Trees during the Bangalow Film Festival, a relevant point caught my attention. I’m sure Peter Wohlleben articulated this more clearly than...

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Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

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Land values are up

Large parts of the North Coast may have gone under during the 2022 floods, but they appear to have done little to dampen land values for much of the region.

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Bangalow Bowlo amalgamation update

Managers of The Bangalow Bowlo say the community witnessed a ‘nail-biting cliff-hanger moment’ late last year, when a 66 per cent ‘Yes’ vote among members paved the way for amalgamation between Bangalow Bowlo, and Norths Collective’

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Lismore hospital works completed

The final stage of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment is now complete, says the NSW Liberals and Nationals government.

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EPA releases Climate Change Policy and Action Plan

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released a Climate Change Policy and Action Plan 2023–26, ‘outlining a bold set of actions that will help NSW reach net-zero emissions by 2050’.

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Unapproved cabin stop order upheld

The NSW Land & Environment Court has upheld Byron Council’s decision to order a local landowner to stop renting out a 40-year-old rural cabin in Middle Pocket because it was an unapproved dwelling.

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Bird magnet

You might wonder why I’m getting an overall feeling of dismay while sitting back hearing the ever-diversifying sound of different birds fighting for branches in the reserve behind our home. Five years ago, it was lovely listening to maggies...

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Irish mist

Patrick Morrisey writes (50 days in Ireland, 11 January) of American tourists complaining of wind turbines spoiling the Irish landscape, adding that these turbines provide up to 40 per cent of Ireland’s energy needs. A quick look at the...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Invasion, Survival and Mourning Day

Why does 26 January create so much anger, sadness and frustration? Because it’s a day that is not inclusive. It’s a day that celebrates inequality in this country. It’s a day that says 97 per cent of our population can celebrate the injustices done to thousands and thousands of innocent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the name of advancement and expansion of the British Empire.

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Cartoon of the week – 25 January 2023

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.

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Roll up! Roll up! Behind the scenes with Spaghetti Circus

Spaghetti Circus Inc. is one of Australia’s leading youth circuses and has been an energetic, vibrant and colourful part of the Byron Shire for 30 years from when it was founded by Leonie Mills OAM in 1992. Every week, Spaghetti’s diverse team of coaches train more than 220 children and adults from their Mullumbimby Showground home. 

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Fundraiser to support women

Local teacher, Farah Rowhani is organising a fundraiser called ‘We Say Her Name’ to give financial and emotional support to women in the Northern Rivers. Farah was inspired by her childhood experiences and the recent events in Iran.

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New community meeting room in Lismore

A new community meeting room, free for non-profit organisations and community groups to hire, has been launched at the Lismore Library.

New doco explores ‘God molecule’ found in toads

Are you ready to explore the secrets of the universe through the use of the most powerful psychedelic known to humankind?

Knitting Nannas off to Canberra

The prolific anti-fossil fuel campaigners are to meet with Federal Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen to raise concerns over Labor’s Future Gas Strategy.

Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.