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Backlash Level two water restrictions remain in place for the Shire, say water utility Rous County Council, despite the recent heavy rains. A Rous spokesperson told The Echo that after meeting with the regional councils who draw water from Rocky Creek Dam (including Byron), a decision was made to keep the restrictions in place. Mullum is also at level two restrictions. No time for complacency! Q Q Q Q

An Echo reader from Talofa near Bangalow says hundreds of plastic tree guards have ended up on his rural property as a result of the recent flooding. They aren’t necessary for protecting saplings, he says, adding that the plastic debris could have reached the Richmond River and ocean. ‘I’m waiting on the RMS as to whether they are theirs,’ he said. Q Q Q Q all stock subject to availability*

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Parts of Byron Bay were flooded last Thursday after heavy rain drenched the region. Council say 283mm was recorded in Belongil, while 275mm was in the gauge at Cape Byron. Drainage problems also contributed to the flooding, and ‘Council will be investigating this as part of its review of the incident.’ How will a massive new West Byron suburb impact the Bay? Photo Jeff ‘Gummy Boots’ Dawson reductive reasoning. As Jason points out, science draws on both methods of deductive and inductive reasoning, not just deductive. He references the inductive theory of evolution as widely accepted by scientists, ‘based on a vast amount of specific instances’. See letters, page 12.

a science background. Maybe Littleproud could advocate to reinstate the

CSRIO’s budget that his government slashed, given he needs expert advice?

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A friendly reminder that if you want to know how your local federal MP votes, The Open Australia Foundation project has produced www.theyvoteforyou.org.au. All federal MPs voting records are available and it saves time trawling through complex online parliament transcripts that are invariably gibberish anyway. Q Q Q Q

Newly minted deputy federal Nationals MP David Littleproud might need some expert advice on climate change after telling ABC TV’s 7.30 last week he isn’t ‘gifted academically,’ and is without

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.36 – February 12, 2020  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.36 – February 12, 2020  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.