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Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

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NSW Govt overhauls Crown land management 

A management plan that will impact approximately 42 per cent, or around 34 million hectares of NSW, has been announced by the NSW government.

Connor just wants to finish his HSC in 2021

On March 23 2019 Connor Meldrum’s life changed forever and he has spent much of the last two years trying to regain normality – that is, as much normality as you can with only half a skull.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The End of an Era

As the Entertainment Editor I have interviewed some very interesting people. Like the multi-orgasmic man; a Dutch orgasm coach living in a yurt, and Tim (Pricasso) who paints with his penis. I have also interviewed musicians. Probably not quite as interesting as the aforementioned group, but whose stories and chats have formed a wonderful part of my week over the last two decades. I have had the privilege of talking to some of my heroes.

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AVO sparks ‘community standards of behaviour’ forum

Barefoot Law founder and mayoral candidate Mark Swivel, is hosting an event regarding ‘AVOs, harassment, abuse and violence’, to be held June 17 from 6pm at the Byron Community Centre Cavanbah Room.

Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay

Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’ energy projects, including 264 million dollars on ‘carbon capture and storage’ (CCS). This involves capturing emissions from power stations and factories, and then burying them. However, the Climate Council has stated that CCS is ‘extremely expensive and cannot deliver zero emissions.’

There are, of course, faster, simpler and cheaper ways to capture and store carbon. Firstly, plant more trees, and secondly, stop cutting down existing ones. 

A recent study in Science magazine states that globally, a 25 per cent increase in forested area could store more than 200 gigatonnes of additional carbon at maturity. Such a change has the potential to store an equivalent of 25 per cent of the current atmospheric carbon pool. Sadly, we are doing the opposite – the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation reports that about 7.3 million hectares of forest are lost every year, and roughly half of Earth’s tropical forests have already been cleared. 

Australia is the worst offender at tree clearing and wiping out animals. According to the Government’s National Greenhouse Accounts, from 2010–18 almost two million hectares were cleared for grazing. 

The solution is crystal clear – stop eating grazing animals and the land can be revegetated. The once-abundant koalas and 1,700 other threatened or endangered species will have their habitats restored, carbon reduction targets will be easily achieved, and cows and sheep will not face the terrifying journey to an agonising death in the slaughterhouse.


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  1. Growing hemp for construction absorbs carbon far quicker than trees, and at the same time avoids native deforestation.

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