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January 28, 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.

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Lismore marks Invasion/Survival Day

Hundreds of First Nations people and supporters gathered at Lismore Environment Centre this morning to mark Invasion/Survival Day.

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.

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...

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...

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...


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.

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...