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While the drama of general manager Max Eastcott’s departure was playing out, The Echo passed its tenth birthday, and we marked the jubilee with a fourth awards night.
Founding editor Nicholas Shand returned from his long-service leave at the end of March, 1996. He was highly amused at the comic opera scenario playing out in Council, and at The Echo’s unavoidable central role in it.
When in February 1996 Fast Buck$ obtained a file that described a developer in Byron Bay obtaining preferential treatment from Council, he published an advertisement in The Echo headed, ‘Something stinks at Hog’s Breath’.
As the Club Med battle described in the previous episode approached its climax, the leader of Council’s conservatives, Ross Tucker, decided on a diversion.
By the beginning of 1993 The Echo had outgrown its A4 page size, and our first large-format edition appeared in March that year. The increased work combined with the ritual of putting the paper to bed on Monday nights became quite stressful.
In the mid-nineties the local newspaper scene was heating up almost as much as the always feverish local politics.
During the 1987–91 term of Council an application was made to develop a large site at Broken Head as an ‘academy’.
A major milestone in The Echo’s history occurred in 1991: we decided to start another weekly newspaper.
In 2003, when I introduced myself as an MP with my maiden speech in parliament, I articulated my centralist, small ‘l’ liberal principles. I argued that values are not something to be on display in the morning and forgotten in the afternoon.
A failure to provide the requested ecological assessment for the site of a potential telecommunications pole at Pottsville, following a previous refusal, has not proved a hindrance to the majority of Tweed Shire councillors now approving the proposal.
Fawcett Street and Fawcett Park will have sections temporarily close tomorrow Thursday 7 December 2023, to reinstall steel sculptures within the park.