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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.

Eva Ramsey says she will be her own woman on Ballina Council

One of Ballina's new councillors in B Ward is independent Eva Ramsey, who was elected as part of Sharon Cadwallader's team and is joining council for the first time. So why now, and what does she stand for?

Free KYUP! Project workshops

Empowering our next generation to value and champion their safety and well being through self-worth and self-defence is the mission of the KYUP Project who are running free workshops in the Northern Rivers today and tomorrow.

Vale Byron girl, Patricia Marcia Dailhou 

Patricia, better known as Pat or Patsy, was born in Byron Bay in 1933 and was the second eldest of nine, to Horace Cecil Vernon Freeman (better known as ‘Bluey’) and Dorothy Lulu Freeman (nee Daniels). 

Rainbow Temple squeezed by Lismore Council 

For two decades, the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank has stood as a striking reflection of the region’s proudly beating spiritual heart.

Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays it on the line for the unvaccinated

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

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Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Wedging residents against developers

Are you aware that Byrons ‘Greens’ mayor Simon Richardson is actively wedging residents, who face large inappropriate DAs in their neighbourhood, against developers?

Submissions on Future Water closed, dam controversy rages on

Public submissions regarding the Rous Future Water Project 2060 have closed, but the debate is continuing.

Byron Council moves to censor critic

After many years of inconvenience to the local government establishment, Council’s general manager Mark Arnold is now considering whether to refuse public access to...

Wilsons Creek tourism DA knocked back after mayor ‘sacrifices’ casting vote

Contentious plans for a tourist accommodation development in Wilsons Creek have been knocked back by Byron Council in dramatic circumstances.

PM attacks Byron’s alternative Australia Day plan

BREAKING: Prime minister Scott Morrison says Byron Shire Council could be stripped of its ability to hold citizenship ceremonies at all if it moves ahead with a plan to hold next year's Australia Day ceremony on January 25.

Byron mayor wants to move Australia Day ceremony

Byron Council may be about to move its Australia Day ceremony back a day in order to acknowledge that January 26 marks ‘the day the cultural decimation and denigration of the first Australians began’.

Funding for Bangalow Heritage House announced

Funding for Heritage House in Bangalow and the Sandhills Early Childhood Centre in Byron Bay was announced yesterday with a second round of funding now open to community groups for available for infrastructure and sporting facilities.

Councillor speaks of the ‘declining standards in local governance’

By Cr Basil Cameron. Poorly considered comments from the departing general manager (GM) in a recent report to Council have rightly stirred up much discussion in our little democracy.

Byron mayor faces two code of conduct complaints

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has defended two code of conduct complaints against him over an alleged close association with an affordable-housing proposal, and pursuing – through compliance staff – a vocal critic of council and that affordable housing project.

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'.