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May 8, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Rous County Dam

Jo Faith, Newtown Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First...

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project...

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

19-yr-old charged after alleged Mercedes joy ride in Tweed shire

A 19-year-old Tweed Heads South man faces a string of charges related to car theft on the Northern Rivers.

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for...

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung

Right here in our little Shire a lot of money can be made by conjuring up the mirage of a quaint seaside or tree-change lifestyle. Selling is a dream in the Bay! Take Ewingsdale, for example, which is meant to be tranquil, as described in a real estate ad in last week’s Echo.

Yes kind of true, unless the wind carries the highway noise into your abode, or you try to get into Byron, or elsewhere. Or what about Goonengerry, from where – according to another ad – it is ‘an easy 20 minutes scenic drive to Byron Bay’. Via helicopter, maybe? Or check out a property advertised as located in the ‘golden grid’?

Where the heck is that, you may ask? Well if you are not in the know, you might just not be rich enough!

It is time to move out and over, you hippies, musicians, artists, and barefoot gardeners of the Shire, and let the big end of town enjoy what you’ve created! But come back every day via the traffic jam to clean, wait, and cook. And don’t complain about the gig economy! How else can the big end of town get bigger?

It is sad to see such a beautiful place being loved to death and choked by car fumes. As a long-time resident who moved out of Byron in 2003, I can only watch in desperation and awe.


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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

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