21.1 C
Byron Shire
March 8, 2021

TV or not TV?

Latest News

Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

Other News

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

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...

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...

Contemporary Byron

David Morris, Byron Bay ‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree’, Coleridge. Lines penned supposedly after being woken from...

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

So, Byron United and the Byron Liquor Accord believe we should have CCTV installed in the streets of Byron.

After reading their views in last week’s Echo I published a photo on my Facebook page to gauge the response and immediately was inundated with opinions and scepticism. Common Ground Australia, a local Byron Bay membership-based business that publishes photographs, film and stories online about what’s happening in our community, posted the photo on their Facebook page and immediately received a huge reaction from its followers.

It seems everyone has a view and everyone has a study that backs their point of view.

Rather than rushing in playing a game of ‘follow the leader’ and installing surveillance cameras at great expense throughout Byron Bay we should at least be asking the community if they want to be photographed every time they walk down a street? Have the business groups in town bothered to ask their customers? Have the police checked with residents? Is Council consulting with local organisations?

This lack of public discussion on key community matters has led a number of people to form a group interested in standing candidates at this year’s council election. The group is called Community Independents and will be running under the slogan ‘Keep it REAL’ (Responsible, Ethical, Accountable, Leadership). It stands for community values, cultural activities, local economy and environmental sensitivity. I will be standing on their ticket.

To find out more about this emerging community initiative search for Community Independents on Facebook to stay tuned, have your input and be involved.

For the record, I suggest we not look to Big Brother technologies to solve our social problems. We can be much more creative and effective than that – just ask the Street Cruise workers who have been keeping our young people safe for nine years on the streets of Byron Bay without a camera on them.

Paul Spooner, Community Independents

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.


  1. Bet they dont mind being filmed when theyve had the crap kicked out of them by some drunken idiot and the cops need evidence…………………


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

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.

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...