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May 19, 2021

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Sapoty Brook, Wilsons Creek I am releasing my currency called Igits. Initially, Igits will be worth nothing, and from then...

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Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now....

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Business calls for Tweed train tracks to be kept ignored

More than 800 people had signed a petition calling for a new rail trail to be built next to, rather than in place of, the existing disused railway line running through the shire.

Interview with magician James Galea

James Galea is no ordinary magician. He’s not the smarmy guy in purple velvet with a cage full of pigeons sawing women in half. In fact, James is proud to say he has never cut anyone in half.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Marvell Hall’s ‘Dangerously Poetic’ fundraiser

This Sunday Marvell Hall will host a tribute to some of the street-named fellows with poetry, music and portraits as a fundraiser for the hall.

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

The Flow Path Project being proposed by Water and Recycling (W&R) needs a lot more explanation by W&R and the director of infrastructure who oversees the management of W&R.

The agreement and strategy agreed to by Byron Shire Council (BSC) in consultation with the EPA when BSC applied to close South Byron STP (SBSTP) and transfer the sewerage load from SBSTP to the new augmented West Byron STP, was that ninety percent of effluent leaving that plant would go to reuse. Why is BSC now returning to ocean outfalls?

The flow path suggested is an open stormwater drain that currently runs through the Byron industrial estate. Is W&R going to lay pipes for the effluent to run through, or leave the drain open and allow the stormwater to combine with the effluent and run through an open drain?

On another issue, to do with W&R, the mayor has previously stated that the Council has an open mind on what type of delivery system would be implemented if the Mullumbimby gravity sewer mains required replacing. Seems W&R does not agree with the mayor as a contractor has been brought in and completely reconfigured the sewer pump station 4001 in Stuart St Mullumbimby, plus laid a new rising main, 1,055 metres in length at a cost of $7.5k finished 31 July, 2019.

Should the gravity mains require replacing and a vacuum system is chosen as a replacement the sewer pump station 4001, plus rising main would then become obsolete.

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Cartoon of the week – 19 May, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Byron Bay FC undefeated in ’21

Ross Kendall Despite having a bye last weekend the Byron Bay FC premier division women’s team sit on top of the premiership table with an...