21.8 C
Byron Shire
February 27, 2021

Right to know

Latest News

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Other News

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

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

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

Rail trail

Peter Finch, East Lismore At last someone else has put their hand up to question the fluffery and misinformation surrounding...

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Ninety-five per cent plus of Byron Shire residents had a win on Thursday. A majority of our councillors voted for Byron Shire to be excluded from gasfield and CSG mining operations.

Cr Basil Cameron’s motion will be submitted in its original form to the NSW government. Byron resident and Metgasco shareholder John Vaughan will thus be spared further angst about staff hours and excessive use of ratepayers’ money. So a win for John and a win for us!

However, media reports suggest that we have more than local opponents to be concerned about. Journalists were banned on Thursday by DFAT from ‘public briefings’ on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which could have severe consequences for campaigners’ democratic rights. (Read Echonetdaily 29/10.) What is happening to our right to know under this very secretive government? What is being traded away in its game of blind man’s buff?

In response, community opposition to all forms of gas mining in the northern rivers shows no sign of faltering, with coastal groups from Byron, Ballina and Tweed strengthening well-established inland campaigns.

We do, however, have a right to know what we are up against!

Jill Keogh, Federal


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

Bringing down the heat in our ‘hood

How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.