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Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.

Winter fest at Byron High, June 18

To celebrate the creative and artistic talents of students, Byron Bay High School is holding its annual Winter Arts Festival (a.k.a the WAF) showcase evening on Tuesday, June 18. 

Man dies following fatal crash – Yorklea, south of Casino

About 1am on Thursday emergency services responded to reports after a vehicle crashed into a tree.

Broken Head Quarry development plan rears its head once again

Long-dormant plans to turn the former Broken Head Quarry site into a residential development have lumbered out of the bush like a bewildered dinosaur.

Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Spoonful of Sugar Really Does Help The Medicine Go Down

Making people fat is big business. Just ask the sugar industry. Making people not fat is potentially even bigger.

Australia’s Environment Report card not looking good

2023 was a 'year of opposites' for Australia’s environment, but despite conditions fluctuating between wet and dry, overall conditions remain stable following a bumper year in 2022, according to the latest Australia’s Environment Report, led by the Australian National University.

People becoming severely ill at home due to heat

People experiencing financial and social disadvantage are struggling to keep their homes cool in summer and becoming seriously unwell from the heat, new ACOSS research has found.

Styx Valley forest protest renews call for climate action in Tasmania

With Tasmanians set to go to the polls on 23 March, the Bob Brown Foundation has called for the next Tasmanian government to take real climate action by protecting all native forests that are left standing and restoring degraded forests.

Entertainment

Songs and Laughs

Darren Sanders and Daniel Thompson, known as The Comedian & The Cowboy, are set to bring a two-part show that will have audiences clapping and laughing along.

Double Headline

Headliner Áine Tyrrell is on her ‘People Like Me and You’ tour, a testament to resilience and hope born out of her own remarkable journey from the West Coast of Ireland to the East Coast of Australia. Headliner Jen Cloher (Ngāpuhi & Ngāti Kahu) is a songwriter and performer living on unceded Wurundjeri land in Naarm (Melbourne). Cloher’s taut, terse brand of rock is charged with the static tension that comes with being an eternal misfit; they have spoken truth to power with the shrewd eye that only an outsider can possess.

Retrospective

The end of fun: David Lovejoy concludes the story of the The Echo’s early years

While the drama of general manager Max Eastcott’s departure was playing out, The Echo passed its tenth birthday, and we marked the jubilee with a fourth awards night.

Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Spoonful of Sugar Really Does Help The Medicine Go Down

Making people fat is big business. Just ask the sugar industry. Making people not fat is potentially even bigger.

AI’s invisible bystanders

In her Echo column last week, Mandy Nolan recommended literature for her daughter, including classics like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. 

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Broken Head Quarry development plan rears its head once again

Long-dormant plans to turn the former Broken Head Quarry site into a residential development have lumbered out of the bush like a bewildered dinosaur.

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Letters

Nude freedom or not!

It appears state-run entities promoting their own ‘values’ and agenda continue to erode people’s freedom. It doesn’t matter whether...

No care at Shaws Bay

Mullet harvesting is here again and the fishermen have to access Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay. Again, they have...

Is consciousness necessary?

As science progresses the magical, spiritual, perceptions of the world fall away into the garbage trucks that pass by...

Cheaper EVs!

Considering switching to an electric vehicle (EV)? The recent Echo ‘Sustainability’ supplement states that the cheapest EV in Australia...

Rail trails

Having ridden both local rail trails I can only say what a pleasure they bring. No cars or traffic noise...

Ongoing roadworks

In response to Scott Wilson (Echo 29 May) questioning Byron Council’s spending on roads and infrastructure, the truth is...

Local News

Submissions open for federal insurance hike inquiry 

Submissions are now open for the Select Committee on the Impact of Climate Risk on Insurance Premiums. 

Assange doco to screen in Byron

Julian Assange’s US extradition appeal is a significant event in the world’s history of democracy but he’s been in jail so long some have probably missed the memo.

Byron Writers Festival locals’ passes on sale June 13

Byron Writers Festival and First National Byron have  partnered again to offer Sunday Locals Passes.

Maive takes on illiteracy in the Northern Rivers

Lismore student Maive McKenzie will be a World Literacy Foundation Youth Ambassador for 2024 and will serve as a local advocate, aiming to increase education and community awareness about the importance of reading and writing and to lift literacy rates in Northern Rivers.  

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Broken Head Quarry development plan rears its head once again

Long-dormant plans to turn the former Broken Head Quarry site into a residential development have lumbered out of the bush like a bewildered dinosaur.

The Music of Bowie

Byron Bay – step into the world of iconic rock legend David Bowie as Brisbane’s very own Soft Treadly (formerly known as The Jensens)

Cheaper EVs!

Considering switching to an electric vehicle (EV)? The recent...

Is consciousness necessary?

As science progresses the magical, spiritual, perceptions of the...

Sport

Byron Bay Pickleball offers an open day

Players of all skill levels and  ages have the opportunity to experience the world’s fastest growing racquet sport, pickleball.

New Australian Marbles Champion

After a five-year hiatus the battle for the title of Australian Marbles Champion again took place as part of the Old & Gold Festival held in Brunswick Heads last Saturday.

Interschool Australian Surfing Championships launched on the Gold Coast last month

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School has taken home the overall School Winners trophy at the inaugural Australian Interschools Surfing Championships held at Miami on the Gold Coast last month.

Local runners impress at national championships

Byron Bay Runners are producing some of the best track runners in the country, with five of our senior squad athletes finishing in the top ten in their events at Athletics Australia’s recent national championships held in Adelaide, back in April.

Good Life

Byron’s No Bones welcomes new head chef Bianca Palmer

No Bones Byron Bay is excited to announce the arrival of their new head chef, Bianca Palmer, saying her ‘extensive culinary background and passion for plant-based cuisine are set to bring a fresh wave of innovation to our restaurant.

Brad’s Butchery: Byron’s new organic butcher at 130 Jonson St Byron

Brad’s Butchery Byron Bay is a brand-new organic, family-owned-and-operated butcher in Byron with a great range of quality products and a dry-aged beef display room that is equal to the best in the country.

Indonesian street food at the Mullum Farmers Market

Rini and Ewan – should they ever find the time – don’t need to add new items to their regular menu.

Foods and herbs: natural cough relief this winter season

A natural, organic, high-nutrient healthy diet is an excellent way to keep your immune...
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Community search for Gage Wilson to continue

A community search is to continue today for missing 31-year-old Mullumbimby man Gage Wilson.

Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.

Cynical Swivel

I was utterly horrified to hear Cr Mark Swivel...