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Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about...

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Sinking real estate

For most of geological time, the Earth has been 5–15 degrees hotter than today. That’s why the dinosaurs did...

Own nothing, go serfing

Although Sapote Brook’s Echo letter correctly stated that nothing was done at COP26 to stop global warming, nevertheless, over...

Pryce Allsop seeks reelection for Tweed Council

Cr Pryce Allsop was a Conservative member of the previous Tweed Shire Council and hails from Murwillumbah.

Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim Stone and his wife Lynne...

Bullshit detectors needed

Well well; we have a true Scepticarius in the mayoral race after all – a curmudgeonly and doggedly forensic...

Deconstructing the brand

It is noted that the nine houses on the seafront at Elements, Belongil have been approved by Byron Council....

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Quarter of a century long enough for Polglase

Stephanie Deane, Group B Tweed Shire Council candidate This week residents of Tweed have the opportunity to change the face of council. It's no good...

Tweed Nats’ familiar tricks

Stephanie Deane, Tweed Shire Council candidate, Tweed Heads. Tweed Council currently has a Request for Offer (RFO) 2016217 titled expression of interest – licence to conduct a...

Tweed councillor pledges disputed money to koalas

A Tweed shire councillor will have her disputed claims of hundreds of dollars in travel expenses reimbursed after she voted with colleagues to pay her out, despite an audit finding she had provided insufficient detail of where she went or what she did.

Tweed councillor’s expense-claim details ‘inadequate’

Tweed ratepayers will foot a bill of hundreds of dollars for travel claims by one of their councillors despite no details provided of where they went and for what.

Tweed councillor spat sparked by ‘elite’ tennis-club loan

Outgoing Tweed mayor Gary Bagnall claims he was under pressure to sign council documents for a controversial $100,000 interest-free loan to an elite tennis club when he snapped at a fellow councillor who has since taken the spat to police and the courts.

Tweed councillor’s dummy spit petulant and wasteful

Ron Cooper, Kingscliff. So Tweed shire councilllor Carolyn Byrne has demanded a police investigation because, it seems, she may have been called a cow.

Tweed council spat ‘stretches thin blue line’

The laying of a police complaint by a Tweed shire councillor against a political opponent after last Thursday’s mayoral-election meeting has been described as the ‘Tweed’s biggest ever dummy spit’.

Why does Tweed’s Cr Byrne vote against mayoral minutes?

Elizabeth Jack, Tyalgum. After reading through the minutes of all the ordinary Tweed Shire Council meetings this year (on council's website) I find that Cr Carolyn Byrne has voted against accepting Gary Bagnall's mayoral minutes every month since January (seven times).

Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are only 10 councillors and a...

Evidence-based claims on Dunoon Dam

Why is it that all I hear from the pro-dammers is: ‘Save Our Dam’, ‘Build the dam’ or some similar three-word slogan? I have...

Personal responsibility?

Every month I, and many like me, make a worrying trip to pathology to have my blood tested. I am one of the many...

Taking the tourism tiger by the tail

Tourism is a key economic driver of the Byron Shire and despite the impacts of the pandemic on the industry it represents 25 per...