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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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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.

Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Magic mushrooms

David Gilet, Byron Bay As noted in David Heilpern’s article (24 February), with drugs, whether medicinal or recreational, dosage is a...

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

FB censorship

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

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Stories about "The Byron Line":

Fast electric tram?

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay.  Peter Finch’s comments last week, titled ‘Rail Trail put to rest’, is an array of perplexing views, as if attempting to emulate...

Rail trail/light rail splits Greens 

Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has publicly stated her support of rail trails and highlighted the cycle tourism potential in the electorate, creating a policy division with the Greens-led council over the disused railway line.

Byron Line heading down the toilet

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay. Byron mayor Simon Richardson’s The Byron Line, is a $200,000 dream at ratepayers expense. It’s like flushing our $200,000 down the...

Byron Line idea takes off

Peter Finch, proponent, Byron Bay TramLink At the third meeting of Friends of The Byron Line on Monday night the community group led by Byron...

Rail trail a selfish, short-term push

Len Bates Mullumbimby Mr Rail Trailer, its obvious you have the hope of some financial return for your selfish short-term push solely for a rail trail. The...

Rail trail response

Marie Lawton, Northern Rivers Rail Trail. In response to the article in last week’s Echo: Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) did not ‘accuse’ Simon Richardson of...

Rail trail group backflips on Byron Line proposal

Northern Rivers Rail Trail have reneged on plans to co-operate with re-elected mayor Simon Richardson and rail advocate group Trains On Our Tracks for a shared multi-modal use of the disused Byron Shire section of the railway.

Rail trail plans get green flag from Byron Council

Tweed Shire Council’s proposed rail trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek may also connect to Billinudgel, after Byron Shire councillors last week voted to progress discussions with that council.

The Byron Line: visionary proposal or harebrained scheme?

Byron mayor Simon Richardson has released a ‘vision document’ proposing a ‘multi-modal’ approach to the future use of the railway corridor in Byron Shire. But the plan has been knocked down before it’s even been launched.

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.