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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

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Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

A grubby business

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

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...


Acclaimed philosopher AC Grayling at Byron Theatre.

Byron Writers Festival is presenting acclaimed academic and philosopher Professor AC Grayling at Byron Theatre in March to whet literary appetites in the lead up to the Festival in August. 

AC Grayling is one of the world's most widely read and celebrated philosophers. His latest work The Age of Genius explores how the 17th century, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, became the crucible of modernity.

This period marks a radical turning-point in human thought: We moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, while the church-favoured classicism of Aristotle gave way to the evidence-based investigation of Francis Bacon.

Join AC Grayling for a thought-provoking talk about how such a turbulent century heralded ‘the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity’ – a time he refers to as The Age of Genius. Professor Grayling has been brought to Australia by the World Science Festival Brisbane and is appearing at Byron Theatre with the help of Queensland Museum and Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd.

AC Grayling will be at Byron Theatre on Thursday 30 March, 6pm. Tickets $30/$35 byronwritersfestival.com or (02) 6685 5115.


Local photographer Shey Ivanov from The Froth Lab (thefrothlab.com) will  be one of the artists exhibiting their work at the CUSP showcase on March 16 at the Lennox Head Community Centre.

On the CUSP

On Thursday 16 March, CUSP will bring together 40+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts, music and more, for a one-night special event at Park Lane Theatre at Lennox Head Community Centre..

CUSP is the first of two emerging arts showcases to be run in the northern rivers by RAW: natural-born artists in 2017, and this showcase is filled to the brim with the region’s best emerging creatives.

Showcase director Jacqui Halliday said, ‘There are thousands and thousands of talented creatives in this region and only limited opportunities for them to connect with the greater population. We are excited and honoured to be able to provide an avenue through which this can happen on such a large scale.’

Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are $20 (+bf) and are available through www.RAWartists.org/northernrivers/cusp or $25 on the door.

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...