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Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

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Spots for kids circus nearly full

Mullumbimby’s Spaghetti Circus kicked off its first term with a record number of enrolments and there is much fun to be had following a difficult COVID year.

Suffolk pump track

Dr Ray Moynihan, Suffolk Park Thanks to The Echo for ongoing coverage of the debate about the proposed pump track...

Lessons on resilience, regeneration from Iran

Zara Noruzi is one of the special guest speakers at the Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow, hosted by Renew Fest and Resilient Byron.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

To those wringing their hands about music festivals coming to the Shire – what else are we going to do for income here? The roads are crap and Byron Shire’s broke, while our agricultural industries are barely significant and mining isn’t an option. It’s obvious our future lies in tourism. Without it there’s nothing here for the kids – no work, no future.

Tourists love us the way we are, get it? Why don’t we provide accommodation and infrastructure and welcome them to enjoy this fantastic place that drew all of us here? However, there is one issue regarding festivals: volunteers. While tens of thousands are buying tickets, these events seem to rely on armies of unpaid (and uninsured) volunteers. Which means the money is going into the pockets of a greedy few opportunists – not into the wider local economy.

We need Fair Work Australia to crack down on unscrupulous operators for the sake of the community, while overall as a shire we need to figure a path to the future and how to make it work, and stop whining about inevitable change.

W Boyle, Durrumbul

 

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Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville was granted the opportunity to expand its footprint 12m to the west at last week’s Tweed Shire Council meeting.

A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021