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EveryoneReadsTheEcho-320pxSince 1986 The Echo has been the voice of the Byron Shire. This independent free weekly newspaper covers the news and events of a thriving, unique and colourful north coast community. Offering much more than just local news, the Byron Echo is home to a rich selection of quality content, including regular political and social commentary from guest columnists Andrew P Street, retired magistrate David Heilpern, Indigenous Professor Bob Morgan and Margo Kingston.

Mungo MacCallum‘s authoritative political commentary was a key part of The Echo’s independent voice, until his death in 2020.

The Echo has a lively selection of letters to the editor, thought-provoking articles, and Mandy Nolan‘s comprehensive entertainment coverage in Seven including a gig guide of what’s on in Byron Bay. There is also the Good Life food, wine and travel section including Byron area restaurant reviews, the Good Taste restaurant guide, service directory, classified ads, real estate and much more.

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Byron Shire Echo issue 36.26 – December 8, 2021

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In this Issue:

Youth survey launched with prizes

Are you aged 12 to 24 and want your voice to be heard on important decisions being made about Byron Shire’s future?

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Obstruction claims over holiday letting rejected by Planning Dept

The NSW Planning Department has hit back at suggestions that it has obstructed Byron Council’s attempt to limit short-term holiday letting in the Shire.

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Legal aid funding inadequate, say Law Council of Australia

The nation’s top law advocacy group is calling on the government for adequately resourced Legal Aid Offices, owing to unmet demand for the service.

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Strong start to cricket season for Byron Bay

Byron Bay remain undefeated after four games, and sit on top of the Coastal League competition after beating Bangalow last Saturday at the Cavanbah Centre.

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Editorial – Council restart and the most unsafe house in...

Expectations of government have been undermined – so where to from here and how to rebuild a nation based on good politics.

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Byron in crisis

The housing crisis in Byron Bay, and Australia in general, is urgent. There is no easy fix. Too many people are benefiting from high property prices. Too many politicians won’t make unpopular laws. However, a long-term approach might be...

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Main Arm Road

A 1km section of Main Arm Rd either side of Sherry’s Bridge needs attention. A fleet of large machines were hauled out and spent a week fixing a 30metre section on one side of the road only. This seems...

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For the love of dogs!

In response to Alison Drover’s opinion piece (November 17, 2021). She said Byron is not a ‘doggie destination’ and ‘Byron Shire is founded on biodiversity in nature’. Well, I remember Byron when it was an industrial town with sand...

Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

Around half of the potential votes have been counted in the Tweed Shire Council which have seen a surge in support for Liberal councillor James Owen.

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Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11 per cent of the total votes counted on Tuesday. The Greens vote has diminished over 30 per cent from the...

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Qld-NSW border to open sooner

Local businesses can look forward to an ‘epic summer’ following the easing of Qld border restrictions, the Byron Business Chamber says.

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Public health neglected

On Monday 29 November 2021, I was in Mullumbimby Woolworths around 1–1.30pm. I counted 14 people without a mask, including two staff members and a Byron Shire mayoral candidate. A further four people wore their masks below their nose...

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Teachers’ strike

I welcome the vote by NSW teachers to strike for the first time in a decade. Teachers are leaving the profession in droves, not because of pay or unruly children (and parents), which frankly is nothing new, but because the...

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Not cats

It’s climate change, stupid. Not cats that is impacting birds and wildlife. One in six Australian birds are now threatened, according to a major scientific study led by Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, with input from more than...

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Cartoon of the week – 8 December, 2021

Letters to the editor The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Gift of Experience

This Christmas I have decided to buy my friends and family experiences.  Experiences also don’t require the purchasing of ‘stuff’. And you don’t have to wrap the stuff in more useless stuff. I’m really trying to reduce the Christmas stuffing. I’m on what I call a ‘de-stuff’ diet. It’s hard, because I am one of those people who has been addicted to stuff. Experiences, if well chosen, can have a low carbon footprint. They can be stuffless.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 8 December...

Check out the awesome happenings in the Byron Shire this week

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Pineapples from Bangalow

Bangalow Farm is located just outside the Bangalow township and has the typical red volcanic soil that makes farming such a pleasure in the Northern Rivers.  When Michael and Cornelia Burless bought Bangalow Farm, pineapple and potatoes were part of...

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Margarita, anyone?

Simon Haslam Sure, Christmas is coming, but before that is a generous round of pre-Christmas drinks and the chilled-out vibe of time spent on the deck at home with friends just enjoying life. The summer season isn’t endless, though, and...

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Byron Farmers Market: parking

Byron Farmers Market returned to Butler Street Reserve last Thursday for their first market on home turf in two-and-a-half years. And while it was a rather soggy return – after the wettest November in 100 years – it was...

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Take a drive to unlock the Tweed’s Hinterland Gems

From river flow to valley vibes, the Tweed’s hinterland will inspire and enrich with galleries and distilleries, freshly made foods, deep valleys and mountain peaks, pastoral plains and rainforest retreats and a history as old as time itself.  Take a...

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Loft on Jonson Street

It’s been hotting up in town at the moment, in case you hadn’t been into Byron, it’s like people are making up for lost time. One of the most popular places to have a drink in town is Loft...

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Barrio in Good Food Guide

Congratulations to our local favourite restaurant Barrio Eatery & Bar, who has just been named as ‘one of Byron’s most popular all-day eateries for Middle Eastern-inspired cooking’ by the Sydney Morning Herald’s renowned ‘Good Food Guide’ 2021. Check out the...

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Christmas lunch made easy

Fig Tree can bring the feast to your family table this Christmas Day, supplying everything you need for the perfect lunch, all prepped and ready to go. Your box will include everything pre-cooked and labelled. All you need to do...

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Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

Work is starting on Tweed Rail Trail

The Tweed Council section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 24km section that stretches from the Murwillumbah Railway Station to Crabbes Creek and work is starting on the construction.

Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

NORPA announces stellar 2022 season

This morning in a special online event, NORPA revealed some of the adventurous, world-class shows that will transport audiences to different worlds in 2022.