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Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

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Soil: The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy

Sandra Haslam Matthew Evans is a restauranteur, farmer, food activist and author, best known for his SBS series Gourmet Farmer....

Bruns North Arm

Jillian Spring, BillinudgelRegarding your article ‘A positive change to bring back the Bruns’, (Echo, 14 July). Since 2013/14 submissions to Council,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 4 August, 2021

It's time to get out and see our wonderful performers whilst you can.

Dog off-leash parks coming to Tweed

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point. ‘The...

The right decision

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby I would like to say ‘congratulations!’ to musician Lisa Hunt, but really, for what? It was a relief...

Be CaféSmart about a cuppa donation for homelessness charities

Most people would be shocked to know how close to homelessness some people in the community are – some people might be very shocked to know how close they themselves are to homelessness. It doesn’t take much.

Iris Kojeve, Main Arm

I have a dream. I dream of a community where individuals hold the power of change. Where people are engaged with each other and the world around them. Where politics is within each individual.

I have a dream for such a community to come alive in a space of collaboration and exchange. Where people can become people of change. I dream of such a space where books help us think, poets help us envision, art and music help bring our ambitions alive. Where we dare to think differently, on the condition that we think it through. And learn that thinking it through means we have to think together.

I dream for that space to be in Mullum. Where the writer, thinker, poet and artist embodied in all of us can come together each day to imagine, discuss and enact a different world. A place surrounded by books, art and music that inspire and challenge. Those resources not easily accessible to us – writers, thinkers and artists who fall through the cracks.

A place where utopias are enacted, not merely thought about. I can’t dream my dream alone. Only if the dream is a shared dream can it turn into a collective will. And once there is a collective will, anything is possible.

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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

Sticking to facts

Roger Cotgreave, Byron Bay Thanks to The Echo for reporting scientific facts around the pandemic and not relying on social media ‘research’. Also a big thanks...