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January 28, 2021

Latest News

It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

Endangered market

Marie Sherd Mullumbimby We’re in danger of losing the charming monthly Mullum Market. Please don’t let this happen. It’s such a...

Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

Byron Shire award winners

Natural Death Care Centre founder and V-Day event co-organiser, Zenith Virago, is the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year. 

Lower the voting age

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was sad, yet heartening (somehow), to read last week’s article from Adel Pheloung, together with the...

Discover Ballina

With easy parking and river breezes, Ballina is the perfect combination of convenience and ease as a destination for shopping and services that are not available within the Byron Shire.

Ballina is centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River. It is a playground for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers, and eco-adventurers. It is also just a hop, skip, and jump, or, more to the point, a 15-minute drive down the freeway, from the Byron Shire.

Ballina Fair Shopping CentreHighway Haven Nursery The Book WarehouseBallina Beach VillageLighthouse Beach CafeStill at the CentreAbsolute WaterfrontRamadaFozie’s Fishing

Ballina Fair Shopping Centre

1. Ballina Fair Shopping Centre

Ballina Fair is an Australian-owned family business and supports numerous local suppliers and businesses, which in turn keeps money within our economy. The centre creates employment for locals with over 600 jobs.


Highway Haven Nursery

2. Highway Haven Nursery

FRUIT TREES – avocados, berries, bush foods, carambola, citrus, custard apple, figs, fingerlimes, guavas, macadamias, mangoes, olives, passionfruit, pomegranates, midyim, pecans, plums, stonefruits. Clean healthy homegrown food.

17 Paperbark Cl, West Ballina

0466 956 110


Book Warehouse Ballina

3. The Book Warehouse

The Book Warehouse Ballina carries new releases plus popular backlist titles, bargain books for all ages, and a beautiful range of

gift cards and wrap.

Drop in for reading and gift ideas.

6686 0917

Ballina Beach Village

4. Ballina Beach Village

The perfect weekend getaway – South Ballina’s favourite holiday park! Under new management. Refurbished cabins, huge camping sites, pet friendly (with fully enclosed off-lead dog area), and onsite licensed cafe.

6686 3347


Lighthouse Beach Cafe

5. Lighthouse Beach Cafe

Lighthouse Beach Cafe has been located in the Ballina Surf Club for over five years.

They are open seven days a week for

breakfast and lunch (dinner in summer).

6686 4380


Still At The Centre

6. Still at the Centre

Attention all creatives of Ballina Shire… come and check out your beautiful new art supplies and framing shop that has opened in the industrial estate at

1/9 Ray O’Neill Crescent

0466 430 813


The Point Bar and Restaurant

7. Absolute Waterfront

With an atmosphere that will take your breath away, The Point Restaurant and Bar on the Richmond River is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days. Conference and wedding packages available.

6618 1188


Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron

8. Ramada

Stylish riverside accommodation, featuring hotel spa rooms, 1- to 2-bedroom suites or penthouses with outdoor heated pool, gym, and conference facilities.

Enquiries call 1800 826 181

or visit ramadaballinabyron.com.au

Fozie's Fishing

9. Fozie’s Fishing

Fishing and whale-watching adventures. Experience the wonder of catching fish or seeing whales swimming close by. Ready for your next amazing adventure? Jump on board, we can’t wait to show you our world.

0427 834 376


Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...