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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

At the gateway to the former ‘City of Arts’, the centre of the ‘Green Cauldron’, the notorious yellow arches of the McDonald’s 24-hour restaurant complex will still be as big as a warehouse wall, superimposed on Mt Warning as an introduction to the town of Murwillumbah to visitors coming from the direction of Tweed and for shoppers returning from Tweed City, Bunnings and The Goodguys.

If they haven’t stopped at the first McDonald’s and BP to top up with fats and petrol, this is a second chance, only 15 minutes later to buy fats, fizzy drinks and this time groceries at the expanded IGA, without which approval for McDonald’s would have been unlikely. At least IGA is locally owned.

Will the tradespeople designing, building and maintaining the complex be local?

How many adults supporting families will be long-term employees?

What percentage of the food ingredients will come from local producers?

What higher education and career opportunities will be available for the young teenage workers?

Will Tweed Shire ratepayers foot the bill for late-night security/vandalism/crime?

Rubbish from KFC has been seen along the road and as far as Byangum bridge. Will this be a new source of rubbish?

For the benefit of the people already struggling with obesity from poor nutrition, the struggling food-businesspeople, and the locals and visitors who are attracted to the uniquely beautiful views of trees and mountains, please let’s find a way to reverse the approval and resist the powerful economic cudgel of another foreign-owned giant.

Ari Ehrlich, Tyalgum



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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.