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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

Global predicament

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

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

I read Mr Pont’s blueprint for the Belongil recovery. It’s great in theory! Mr Pont should realise by now that constructed wetlands must be maintained which Byron Shire Council’s (BSC) Water & Recycling (W&R) department has shown a lack of ability or interest in doing.

The planned new flow path should show the residents of Byron how little BSC cares. What effect will this have on the flooding problem during heavy rain events when compounded by a high tide in Byron? Does anyone think a short effluent discharge into the Belongil is going to help or worsen the problem?

One has to question the governance of the EPA. The EPA stated pre-2005 that for BSC to close South Byron and augment West Byron STP 80 per cent of effluent leaving the plant had to go to reuse.

The only way W&R has achieved this is by pumping the majority of effluent leaving West Byron STP into the Byron Golf course lagoon. This simply flows back under Bangalow Road into the Byron swamp area. The EPA has never bothered to ensure the provisos it insisted on have been met.

Mr Pont also states BSC is discussing whether to upgrade or replace West Byron sewage treatment plant (STP). The fact is once these biological reduction plants reach their hydraulic load they have to be duplicated. This information is from the Land & Water Conservation Department. This also applies to the Brunswick Valley STP

Considering there were other alternatives to a biological reduction plant concepts available, such as membrane technology that is now used worldwide, that would have been a better alternative.

BSC has spent millions deflecting the fact that the gravity mains sewer system needs to be replaced and in doing so dismissed the concentrated concerns of community representatives dating back to the late eighties. Instead, has allowed millions to be dropped in consultants and contractors pockets for no result.

The next failure of BSC will be the closure of Ocean Shores Treatment Plant in 2023 when they plan to start transferring the sewerage across to Brunswick Valley STP at a substantial cost. This when Ocean Shores is meeting its license requirements and with minimal expense could be upgraded to last another thirty years.


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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

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School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.