14.9 C
Byron Shire
June 2, 2023

Byron stretches its hand to Fukushima

Latest News

Backlash Stan Grant

Extraordinary negative and callous statements regarding Stan Grant in the recent edition’s Backlash section. Grant was a terrible host?...

Other News

Call for rails on the steep slope of Tweed rail trail after cyclist’s fall

On Sunday a 75 year-old man fell down the steep side of the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail near Crabbes Creek and breaking his hip. 

Fake gov

For those interested in a reality check, particularly those deluded apologists for the fake corporate puppets and weapons manufacturers...

A gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers

The Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin called a local tourist spot is 'a gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers' as she announced two reserves in the Lismore region will be upgraded.

Byron’s favourite block party

Australian roots legends, The Beautiful Girls, will headline Stone & Wood’s winter block party, Festival of the Stone, when...

Red hot stoner experience

I was lucky enough to visit Stone & Wood recently to see the initial brew being made of the 2022 Stone Beer, the star attraction at the upcoming Festival of the Stone at Stone & Wood’s Byron brewery site on Saturday 4 June.

Speak Stan

The scribe is human. The scribe holds onto hope, love, and peace. These ingredients are essential for survival and...

Some of the members of the Bridge to Fukushima project: (l–r) Ralf Plaatsman, MatiJo Beams and Saya Minami with guests Natsumi Sako and Yoko and Mizuki Ohki with flowers being sold to raise funds for the project.

Luis Feliu

A fundraising concert on Tuesday, October 30, at Byron Community Centre aims to build a bridge between the communities of Byron Shire and Fukushima province in Japan, which was devastated by last year’s nuclear disaster.

Money raised at the concert will be used to bring a group of children and their carers from the radiation-affected areas of Fukushima to holiday in the Byron Bay area.

The Bridge to Fukushima project is working closely with the Fukushima Mothers Group, a group of women who want to protect their children from further radioactive contamination.

The children are kept mostly indoors as their mothers try to minimise their exposure and protect them from as much contamination as possible.

The project was formed as a follow-up to anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott’s recent talk in Byron Bay.

Project spokesperson Ashiya Austin said many people wanted to help after they heard Dr Caldicott’s alarming report on the distressing conditions that people living in the Fukushima fallout area are experiencing.

Ms Austin said a heartfelt plea at that talk by Saya Minami to help her people sparked a meeting of concerned residents where the decision was made to form a bridge between the two communities.

Donating flowers for Fukushima is just one of the ways local businesses are supporting the Bridge To Fukushima project.

Ms Austin said the flowers are contributed each farmers market day by George ‘the flower man’ and are being sold to fundraise. Local musicians also are contributing their time to raise money for the project by busking.

Ms Minami said she expected a lot of mutually beneficial things to evolve from building a bridge between communities.

Ms Austin said a town in the Fukushima area is considering a request to become a sister town to Byron Bay, while another project spinoff was to declare the Byron Bay area nuclear free.

‘Signatures are being collected for such a declaration and, in light of the knowledge that Australian uranium powered the Fukushima nuclear plant, there has been a very enthusiastic response to the idea of a nuclear-free declaration,’ she said.

The Bridge to Fukushima concert, featuring music, dance, film and Japanese food, starts at 6pm and tickets are $20.

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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Fun community connection for Japanese community 

The local Japanese community came together in early May at the Cavanbah center to celebrate Japanese Children’s Day. 

Tragic death of two men in Yamba

NSW Police have today spoken to the media after the body of a man and a teenage boy were located inside a home at Yamba yesterday.

Expect saltwater on Ballina roads during king tides

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads. 

Warming winter for Tweed Shire’s homeless

It's no secret that the Far North Coast has some of the highest homelessness figures in the country and Dharma Care is determined to reduce those figures as the days get colder.