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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

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Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

Coal scuttle

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing...

FB censorship

Dean Jefferys, Mullumbimby I feel concerned about the level of censorship on FB, Instagram, YouTube, MSM, local online groups and elsewhere...

PM forced

Narelle Rendalls, Ballina With reference to the recent serious sexual assault allegations in Canberra, our Prime Minister has a lot to...

Stories about "housing":

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Calls for Qld government to come to the construction table

Labor is calling for the NSW Liberal-National party led government to provide $45 million COVID-19 grant program for the North Coast while the Master Builders Association (MBA) is calling for the Queensland Premier to come to the negotiation table.

Large rural seniors development for Bangalow secretly knocked back

A large-scale disability seniors housing proposal for 338 dwellings on isolated farmland on Rifle Range Road, Bangalow has been secretly knocked back but senior Byron Shire Council staff have called on the state government to change the process under which is was considered.

New eco-village model unveiled for Brunswick Heads

The Bruns Eco Village is an ambitious plan to establish a living space that encompasses lush rural living, shared communal assets, off-grid power, a working farm, school, aquatic centre, conference/wellness/community centres and a light commercial/industrial area.

Lismore to get ‘more affordable’ housing blocks

Lismore Council and local developers will provide 200 new affordable housing lots as part of a deal struck with the federal government this week.

North coast rentals ‘unaffordable’: Anglicare

On Saturday April 5, not one single property advertised for rent in Byron Bay was considered affordable for people on minimum incomes. This was one of the shocking findings of the fifth annual Rental Affordability Snapshot conducted by the charity Anglicare.

Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

Ballina man Ben Hamilton is riding his bike 500km to help young kids with cancer.

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour. According...

Helping Our Kids, help our kids

The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge kicks off tonight in Lismore with the express aim of raising much-needed funds for the Our Kids charity.

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.