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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

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Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

  Ross Kendall The local league derby is always  and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of...

Co-op meeting

Annette Snow, Myocum As a Mullumbimby Rural Co-op shareholder of 42 years and a past employee of over 13 years,...

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Robert Webber, Byron Bay

Late last year I flew into Coolangatta after a few days in Dili, East Timor. In my short time there I saw very few police or army personnel, and not one gun.

Arriving after dusk into Byron Bay, within 100m of the town centre, I encountered police on horses, others with dogs, a riot squad car and numerous police patrolling on foot – all of whom were armed.

I had come from a nation now at peace after many years of war to Byron during Schoolies!

This situation would be comical if it were not so sad. I am not alone in finding offensive the call by Hannah Spalding, chair of the Liquor Accord, for an increased police presence (Echo March 5) while yet again rejecting the need for earlier lockouts at licensed venues.

My hope for Byron is that we will have a community where police do not have to be here en masse and that they and hospital carers are not exposed to drunken violence. The Newcastle lockouts have produced a significant reduction in violence but we need to go further and not accept any drunken behaviour on our streets.

The Byron World Café at the Byron Community Centre on Wednesday provides us an opportunity to stop the argy-bargy and to develop creative ideas for reclaiming Byron from the hooligans and vandals, and to set the agenda instead of allowing the liquor outlets to determine the quality of our lives here.


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Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of our global predicament, and a...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...