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May 14, 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

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

A grubby business

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

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

What Matters? ... Listening To Our Bodies

listen-to-your-bodyI had to stop and think a bit before I came up with the title for this piece – I knew it was going to be about going within, soul searching (used that before), procrastinating … no, not the right word. So I’ve come up with simply What Matters?

And this time of year is excellent for looking into this, because often we finally have some time to do it! We are also usually spending more quality - and often intimate - time with others, so we are getting lots of triggers!

And I think we all have similar topics on our agendas – the weather (I am currently sitting in front of a fire in country Victoria!), politics, what books we are reading, our children – managing them, and thinking about their future, our relationships, our selves … for example.

Because I do not have children, and because I have a vested interest in looking into all of these things through The Art of Healing, when I have the time, it is usually my self I look at. Some people may call this selfish, but I have always believed that everything that is ‘out there’ is a result of what is ‘in here’ in each one of us. So to me, there is no question that this is the place to start.

It is also the time where some of us make New Year resolutions. So one new thing I have introduced into my life is using a gratitude diary … I am still getting the hang of it, but I am hoping that it will help me remember to say thank you every day. To me, this matters a lot.

But I have also been spending a bit of time with a new friend recently, a lady in her mid-sixties. Her health is pretty good, she is very active in the local community, and her greatest joy comes from working in her garden. But I was quite … stunned really, to hear her say that she has started feeling that she needs to lie down in the afternoon and she doesn’t want to do this as it makes her feel old?  Then yesterday, she mentioned a male friend of hers, who had previously had throat cancer (which he has recovered from), who has been saying that he is worried that the cancer might be returning as he has been feeling really tired and wanting to lie down in the afternoons … but she said, he is fighting this.

For both of these people, changing their approach, mindset, attitude to feeling they need to lie down, is not going to be easy. But from my work in this industry (the natural heathcare industry) over the last ten years, and what I have read and understood is, essentially, if they don’t start listening to their bodies telling them they need to lie down, they will get into more trouble.

From even quite recent research I have read (just last week), ‘they’ are now saying that having a daily 10 minute powernap (this was in the corporate/working world) is very good for improving cognitive function. Basically, having a ‘lie down’ recharges your batteries. It is terrific. It is something I try to do myself as much as possible. When I am working really hard, having a ‘lie down’ in the afternoon effectively gives me two days in the one. I liken it to the siesta in Greece – which everyone swears by – and you can physically see the health benefits in the elderly.

So if you can relate to this, please, don’t be so hard on your self. Lie down, close your eyes, and relax. It is very, very good and nourishing for your body, mind, and soul. And … take the time to listen to the messages you are being sent by your body, as it really does matter.


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...