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The Echo, like all locally owned businesses, is feeling the impacts of COVID-19. The pages of The Byron Shire Echo have diminished dramatically in recent weeks because our valued advertisers have either stopped trading, or are buckling down in preparation for an uncertain future.

This pandemic will pass, and a new normal will emerge. Yet right now, your help is needed to keep this independent voice alive and thriving in the Northern Rivers community.

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By being uncompromised, The Echo has reported to its readers fearlessly for over three decades. In turn, our valued advertisers recognise the importance of such unique content.

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On behalf of all our 40-odd local workers, we thank not only our readers, but also our advertisers – it’s you that keep us going. It is thanks to the businesses who support us through advertising that The Echo exists, so we encourage our readers to support them.

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