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May 18, 2022

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One from the Heart bringing people together

With a lineup including Grinspoon, Lime Cordiale, Paul and Dan Kelly, Sheppard, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, Lismore's One from the Heart concert went ahead yesterday in patchy weather and mud, mud and more mud.

Releasing the chokehold on Australia’s water

What the trading of 40 gigalitres of water from the Barmah Choke means for the Murray Darling Basin.

Wallaby death SGB

To the family that allowed their large black dog to repeatedly attack and maul the beautiful wallaby on South...

It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

Knitting Nannas say ‘Vote 1 our Planet!’

The Knitting Nannas Against Gas and Greed visited the Lismore pre-poll yesterday at Southern Cross University to spread a very important message.

Editorial – E-con-oh-my

If there’s one thing that the LNP lays claim to, above all else, it is the assertion that they are the better managers of the economy. But what does this bold claim actually mean?

John and Lynne Boland, Goonengerry. 

Twenty-five years ago there was no Byron Bay food movement.

Byron Bay Chilli Company was the first Byron Bay food brand to get registration. Today food products are a vibrant industry across our region.

What began in the Byron Bay hinterland back then is now a global range of chilli sauces, corn chips and salsas made not only here and in NZ but under licence in the UK and South Asia.

Byron Bay Chilli Co has become synonymous with flavour the world over.

At the end of our travels we always come back to our home office in Goonengerry, where it all began and is still based today.

It is true we search the world for the best food ingredients. We’ve never hidden where things are made. We make chips in NZ because it’s a GMO-free country.

We grind NZ corn grown specifically for them. There is no Spanish cornflour in our chips as mistaken in the Echo article, but Spanish sunflower oil because it’s better.

Our business grows every year because we deliver quality foods that provide real alternatives to the internationally owned brands. We are based here, owned here and all the profits stay here.

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  1. Unless there was something earlier, the first food to be branded “Byron” was Norco’s Byron sausage, which I presume was a registered trademark. It was the mild sandwich meat put on our school lunches in the Bay in the fifties and sixties.

  2. John and Lynne Boland’s explanation passes the pub test for me. Byron Shire is not a “brand” it’s a way of life that should meet our core values. According to John and Lynne Boland statement it does for me.


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