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Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

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Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 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.

Over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern Rivers

There have been 1,099 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) to 8pm 18...

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The...

Discourse

Dear Editor, good on you for your piece reminding us about the importance of public discourse. Like you, I find...

Stories about "forestry":

Human activity, climate change risk more pandemics

New research has revealed climate change, environmental degradation and human activity are creating a perfect storm for more deadly pandemics like COVID-19. Scientists from the...

Environment minister urged to stop logging of koala habitat

Conservation groups have called on NSW environment minister Mark Speakman to intervene and stop logging of core koala habitat in state forests near Casino.

Will our forests become the new coal?

Lorraine Bower, Australian Forests and Climate Alliance. Forests can now be routinely burnt to generate electricity, and marketed as 'renewable', after a vote in the NSW government earlier this month.

Carnage of land and wildlife continues

Jackie French's book Let the Land Speak is a book that every Australian should consider reading, giving the continued carnage of the land and wildlife, chronic pollution and ever increasing climate change.

Forestry farce shows fascists rule

The current protest at Whian Whian is just one more indication of the total disregard coalition governments have for our environment, particularly threatened species.

Police guard loggers at Whian Whian

The controversial logging on a property at Whian Whian in what locals says is habitat for endangered species continued apace at the weekend as a contingent of police stood guard over the operation and arrested one man for trespassing.

What constitutes pristine rainforest?

Lester Brien, Byron Bay. The current forest dispute unfolding in the Whian Whian State Forest has been described in your pages as being over the protection of 'pristine rainforest' and 'old growth Blackbutt forest'.

Logging blockade hopes to protect habitat at Whian Whian

The Whian Whian blockade against illegal logging of trees in habitat for koalas and other wildlife appears to have brought some relief of protection for at least three endangered species.

Protectors force halt to Whian logging

'Environmental protectors' opposing the logging of pristine rainforest adjacent to Nightcap National Park resorted to a game of ‘cat and wallaby’ to disrupt logging operations, appearing and disappearing without warning within the logging area.

Regional Forestry Agreements failing: EDO

Chris Dobney The EDO (Environmental Defenders Office) has produced a damning report on the operation of Regional Forestry Agreements (RFA) in the states, claiming they...

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The First Fleet arrived (including my...

Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.