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Hans Lovejoy

In addition to his role as the editor of the Byron Shire Echo since 2010, Hans is an accomplished musician. A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Hans has played the double bass and electric bass for more than 20 years, in all styles and at most of Australia's premier festivals. See www.hanslovejoy.com for more.

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Community Byron announces Council ticket

Sitting independent Councillor, Cate Coorey, has announced her ticket for the 2021 Byron Shire Council elections, to be held September 4.

Catchin’ the Writers Festival Train

Byron Writers Festival 2021 (6–8 August) has revealed a program of more than 150 celebrated authors and commentators, as well as powerful new voices to mark its 25th anniversary.

Massive multi-dwelling Paterson Street DA before Planning Panel

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), an unelected consent authority that overrides Council decision making, will be considering a 14 townhouse DA for Paterson...

Evidence emerges of police breaching RDT procedures

The media unit attached to NSW Police have refused to say whether all tests conducted over the Nimbin Mardi Grass weekend, in early May, will be declared invalid, after breaches by a NSW Police Officer conducting drug tests were filmed on video.

NSW Govt overhauls Crown land management 

A management plan that will impact approximately 42 per cent, or around 34 million hectares of NSW, has been announced by the NSW government.

Developers aim to double Bayside suburb

Developers seeking to double the size of Bayside, a small suburb on the outskirts of Brunswick Heads, have responded to Echo questions around potential traffic congestion and the lack of open spaces. 

Large parking lot proposed for Byron rail corridor

Plans to rezone transport corridor land to private use south of Mitre 10 near the new bypass have stirred neighbours into action, with claims it would set a precedent and has ‘no place in future-proofing Byron Bay’.

Dan Murphy’s withdraws ‘targeted’ truck ads

The massive ad blitz by Dan Murphy’s across Byron Shire has hit a snag, with complaints around its truck advertising campaign in front of schools and a skatepark, leading to them being withdrawn. 

Editorial – What have the Romans ever done for us?

The three Rs – roads, rates and rubbish – are often trotted out by fiscal conservatives to advance a narrative in which councils stick to simple services. But what do the numbers actually tell us?

Local author’s cannabis cookbook censored by Facebook, eBay

A local author has had her book censored by US tech behemoths Facebook and eBay after she tried to list her Cannabis Cookbook for sale on their respective websites.

A coast in need of management

It appears that the long-suffering management of perhaps the region’s most precious resource and attraction, Byron Shire’s beaches and estuaries, are not a high priority for Sydney-based bureaucrats and the Liberal-Nationals government.

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Take a ticket

Council’s Draft Complaint Handling Policy is on exhibition! It’s a document that, if drafted carefully, could provide the public with confidence that Council take complaints seriously and accountability will apply when a complaint is found to be true.

Editorial – Dear diary

As if I don’t have enough to deal with, my empathy coach just cancelled my appointments because someone in his family ‘just died unexpectedly’.

ReForest Now aim for 1m tree plantings

If you are a landholder with a large parcel of land to reforest, then the crew from ReForest Now are keen to hear from...

Byron Council in court with Reflections Holiday Parks

NSW run corporation Reflections Holiday Parks has taken Byron Shire Council to court over a deemed refusal of activity approval for the southern section of Terrace Reserve in Brunswick Heads.

Saddle Road DA aims to pioneer a ‘new definition of affordable housing’

A Development Application (DA) for six farm stay accommodation units and a central facility on the southern end of Saddle Road is up for public comment.

Council staff seek to raise the roof on Byron’s Lawson Street 

The Byron Residents’ Group is urging community input into Council’s plans to raise the height restriction in a particular part of Byron’s CBD.

Editorial – An innocent, honest man might say…

'I want a formal investigation into this allegation of rape against me, not just to clear my name, but because it is the wishes of the woman’s family and friends...'

Large Bruns boarding house DA heads to court

A proposal to build a mixed use commercial building, including a 48 self-contained room boarding house in the heart of Bayside in Brunswick Heads is heading to the Land and Environment court over a ‘deemed refusal’, after developer Kollective claimed the development application (DA) took too long to process. 

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour. According...

Community Byron announces Council ticket

Sitting independent Councillor, Cate Coorey, has announced her ticket for the 2021 Byron Shire Council elections, to be held September 4.

Catchin’ the Writers Festival Train

Byron Writers Festival 2021 (6–8 August) has revealed a program of more than 150 celebrated authors and commentators, as well as powerful new voices to mark its 25th anniversary.

Massive multi-dwelling Paterson Street DA before Planning Panel

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), an unelected consent authority that overrides Council decision making, will be considering a 14 townhouse DA for Paterson...

Evidence emerges of police breaching RDT procedures

The media unit attached to NSW Police have refused to say whether all tests conducted over the Nimbin Mardi Grass weekend, in early May, will be declared invalid, after breaches by a NSW Police Officer conducting drug tests were filmed on video.

NSW Govt overhauls Crown land management 

A management plan that will impact approximately 42 per cent, or around 34 million hectares of NSW, has been announced by the NSW government.

Developers aim to double Bayside suburb

Developers seeking to double the size of Bayside, a small suburb on the outskirts of Brunswick Heads, have responded to Echo questions around potential traffic congestion and the lack of open spaces. 

Large parking lot proposed for Byron rail corridor

Plans to rezone transport corridor land to private use south of Mitre 10 near the new bypass have stirred neighbours into action, with claims it would set a precedent and has ‘no place in future-proofing Byron Bay’.

Dan Murphy’s withdraws ‘targeted’ truck ads

The massive ad blitz by Dan Murphy’s across Byron Shire has hit a snag, with complaints around its truck advertising campaign in front of schools and a skatepark, leading to them being withdrawn. 

Editorial – What have the Romans ever done for us?

The three Rs – roads, rates and rubbish – are often trotted out by fiscal conservatives to advance a narrative in which councils stick to simple services. But what do the numbers actually tell us?

Local author’s cannabis cookbook censored by Facebook, eBay

A local author has had her book censored by US tech behemoths Facebook and eBay after she tried to list her Cannabis Cookbook for sale on their respective websites.

A coast in need of management

It appears that the long-suffering management of perhaps the region’s most precious resource and attraction, Byron Shire’s beaches and estuaries, are not a high priority for Sydney-based bureaucrats and the Liberal-Nationals government.

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Take a ticket

Council’s Draft Complaint Handling Policy is on exhibition! It’s a document that, if drafted carefully, could provide the public with confidence that Council take complaints seriously and accountability will apply when a complaint is found to be true.

Editorial – Dear diary

As if I don’t have enough to deal with, my empathy coach just cancelled my appointments because someone in his family ‘just died unexpectedly’.

ReForest Now aim for 1m tree plantings

If you are a landholder with a large parcel of land to reforest, then the crew from ReForest Now are keen to hear from...

Byron Council in court with Reflections Holiday Parks

NSW run corporation Reflections Holiday Parks has taken Byron Shire Council to court over a deemed refusal of activity approval for the southern section of Terrace Reserve in Brunswick Heads.

Saddle Road DA aims to pioneer a ‘new definition of affordable housing’

A Development Application (DA) for six farm stay accommodation units and a central facility on the southern end of Saddle Road is up for public comment.

Council staff seek to raise the roof on Byron’s Lawson Street 

The Byron Residents’ Group is urging community input into Council’s plans to raise the height restriction in a particular part of Byron’s CBD.

Editorial – An innocent, honest man might say…

'I want a formal investigation into this allegation of rape against me, not just to clear my name, but because it is the wishes of the woman’s family and friends...'

Large Bruns boarding house DA heads to court

A proposal to build a mixed use commercial building, including a 48 self-contained room boarding house in the heart of Bayside in Brunswick Heads is heading to the Land and Environment court over a ‘deemed refusal’, after developer Kollective claimed the development application (DA) took too long to process. 

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour. According...
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