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May 13, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

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.

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.


Give koalas a chance

Australia's leading koala expert, Dr Steve Phillips (with over 40 years of experience in koala matters), has announced that the Black Rocks (Pottsville) sports field is one – if not the most - important koala recovery location on the Tweed Coast.  It supports the most southern currently known resident koala population, and is ideally placed to accommodate both north-south and east-west koala movement.

To date 2,256 concerned citizens have signed a submission in support of revegetation of the Black Rocks sports field (as recommended by Dr Phillips and three other ecologists).  This would strengthen the existing significant stands of primary koala food trees adjacent to the site and stop the koala-impactive activities which persist in the middle of a koala breeding area.

It is ideal for 'gap filling' in order to reduce habitat fragmentation and will create a strong effective habitat block crucial to the survival of koalas which need to range safely over long distances in order to disperse gene diversity and prevent in-breeding, disease and death.

The Black Rocks sports field is surrounded by core koala habitat which is home to three threatened species (koala, bush stone-curlew and osprey), a koala breeding hub and is one of three koala hotspots on the Tweed Coast.  Over the last three years there have been 34 koala sightings in the area, with documented evidence of significant daytime on-ground koala activity (including breeding).

With an estimated 140 koalas left on the Coast, there is no room for complacency.  Two Black Rocks koalas (one captured in a tree on the edge of the access road in a breeding area) were euthanased this year, suffering from the stress-related disease Chlamydia.  We cannot afford to lose any more.

There is extensive casual open space easily accessible to the Black Rocks community (ie walkways, cycleways, pocket parks, the creek and the beach).  The sports field is rarely used for sport, and because of its isolated location, has become a haven for those with ill intent. Given the challenges the Tweed Coast koalas face, they need the sports field site more than we do.


This video shows a mini bike hooning through a koala breeding area on 25 September 2014 at the Black Rocks sports field during breeding season whilst the lockable koala/dog-proof gate was open, which is an example of the koala-impacting activities at this site. WATCH VIDEO >

This video shows a resident koala foraging in a tree on the eastern edge of the Black Rocks sports field about one and a half years ago, in close proximity to where koala-impacting activities have been evidenced. WATCH VIDEO >

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...