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January 29, 2021

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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

Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire...

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling...

Kerry O’Brien reverses decision to accept AO

‘With regret, I have decided to reverse my decision to accept my appointment as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia’.

Ballina Shire Australia Day award winners

The Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards were announced at the official celebrations held on this morning at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or...


BYRON BAY PUBLIC SCHOOL – 17 Kingsley Street

Online presale tickets are just $40 – online sales close Thursday 9 January

Tickets $55 at the door


Evolve is coming back to Byron Bay on Saturday January 11 at the Byron Bay Public School. On offer this year is an inspiring line-up of over 60 teachers and artists in yoga, wellness and music sharing their wisdom and art. The Evolve Yoga Festival is a celebration of all things yoga with a smorgasbord of workshops, classes and talks on a range of yoga forms, meditation, wellness, chanting and dance.

The packed program of over 60 sessions across eight rooms caters for all levels of yogis – even first timers. For the first time at Evolve, we have a fantastic music program all day under our very own majestic Bodhi tree, and a new night concert in our Sarasvati-inspired Temple (which is sometimes called the school hall). The festival also features a marketplace, a range of healing therapists offering their services, delicious vegetarian food and talks to engage the mind, body and spirit.

Local yoga teachers and artists join with others from around Australia and the globe at this inspired event. There are also sessions for the kids, with free entry for children under 12.

Are you ready to Evolve?

Online presale tickets are just $40 – online sales close Thursday 9 January

Tickets $55 at the door




Download the Evolve Festival program


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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...