22 C
Byron Shire
March 7, 2021

MardiGrass ready to roll

Latest News

Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

Other News

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that...

The Gunga Fairies are assiduously refining their terrestrial version of synchronised swimming for Sundaze huge law reform parade through the centre of Nimbin. Photo: Jeff ‘High on Life’ Dawson

On the verge of the 2012 MardiGrass Cannabis Law Reform Protest in Nimbin the HEMP Party (Help End Marijuana Prohibition) in Australia has announced it has 2012 members.

‘This is a significant milestone’, said Graeme Askey, Secretary of the Party. ‘We have now come of age as a movement. We are now a mainstream Political Party.

‘When even right wing commentators like Alan Jones have been won over it is difficult to argue that the Party is no longer just a party. We’re looking forward to the next federal election and hope to run Senate candidates in each state.’

The 20th MardiGrass on this weekend is riding a wave of public attention generated by the recent release of the Australia21 Illicit Drug Report. Throughout the event there will be particular attention paid to the recommendations they made. One of the contributors to the report, Dr Alex Wodak, will be attending along with cannabis activists from Europe, the United States and Canada.

‘They can make us green with envy telling stories of how they have legal access to their favourite herb,’ says Michael Balderstone, speaking on behalf of the MOB (MardiGrass Organising Body).

‘There are about 100 backpacker volunteers here now helping with fences and cooking and rolling thousands of legal joints for the world record attempt at the number to be lit at once in the Mass Enlightenment after the Kombi Konvoy arrives at 4.20pm Saturday afternoon.

‘And the weather looks terrific for the HEMP Olympix which opens at midday Saturday with the Tug o’ Drug War on the big hemp rope between the Polite Service and the Police Force, before the Growers Iron Person Event and the Bong Throw get under way.’

The Big Sunday Rally and March for sanity on drug use will be led by Aboriginal elders as usual and for the first time there will be a forum at MardiGrass titled Yarndi in Goori Communities, to discuss the impact prohibition has had on their culture.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

Man arrested after shots fired in Dunoon

A police report says a 63-year-old man man has been arrested following multiple public place shots fired overnight.

Police operation Billinudgel Nature Reserve

Gary Opit, Brunswick Heads On 22 February residents on Jones Road noticed a major police operation with officers from eight police cars and associated dogs entering...

Thanks David Gile – but on Musk

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra I want to thank David Gilet for his appreciation of the thoughts I’ve shared here. It’s very welcome as I’ve been equally...