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Rally in Byron against Gaza war

Locals are being called to join in a rally at Byron Bay this Saturday at 2pm calling on the Australian government to take action against the deaths of Palestinians in the invasion of Gaza by Israel. 

Back, bigger and better than ever

Stone & Wood’s annual Festival of the Stone is back, bigger and better than ever on Saturday, 1 June. This year is shaping up to be a huge celebration of community, music and delicious food – all for a good cause.

Concerns over Piggery plans

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Mullum Road upgrade

Construction is expected to commence in December to improve the flood-prone Mullumbimby Road near Uncle Tom’s corner.

National Service

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Baby, it’s chilly outside

Three Lords and the Byron Theatre are presenting a special performance of the 1983 classic film The Big Chill on Saturday, May 26. The show includes a concert performance of the soundtrack by The Byron Theatre Orchestra, along with food trucks, cocktails and perhaps the odd bit of audience participation.

I read with a rare pleasure the two letters last week raging against Council’s decision to begin transforming the disused rail corridor into a community trail. 

My enjoyment was not owed to their lyricism or profundity, nor some striking rationality in the arguments presented. Rather, it arose because these letters confirmed my theory that the train lobby is not so much interested in the train’s return, as it is hell bent on ensuring the rail corridor is never used for any other purpose – such as a bike and walking track. 

The train is not coming back. To recap: the XPT ceased operation in 2004 and was replaced with a bus connection to the Casino railhead. Both ends of the Casino–Murwillumbah branch line are currently being turned into a rail trail, with the tracks having already been removed between Crabbes Creek and Murwillumbah. Byron Shire’s section of track has, until now, been the missing link. 

We should be grateful that Council is finally acting to utilise the corridor – a great public asset along which a train once ran – and celebrating their promotion of bicycle use. Anything else is sour grapes. 

David Lisle, Mullumbimby


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