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You Can Close Your Eyes

There is a beautiful James Taylor song (‘You Can Close Your Eyes’) that commences with the words; Oh, the sun is surely sinking down, But the moon is slowly rising. 

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NPWS cancels meeting with traditional owners over hazard reduction burn

Local Minjungbal Indigenous leaders are asking the National Parks and Wildlife Service to consult with them over a planned hazard reduction burn at Billinudgel Nature Reserve but a scheduled meeting was cancelled by NPWS.

Lismore Lantern Parade call-out for volunteers

The organisers of the Lismore Lantern Parade (which is happening on Saturday, 19 June) are seeking volunteers to help with the event, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

Running out of time

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock I just returned from the ‘Festival of Resistance’, which happened outside of the weapon expo at the...

Mullumbimby home seriously damaged in fire

A home on Ann Street, Mullumbimby, was badly damaged in a house fire over the weekend.

Three stabbed, man arrested – Lismore

Three men remain in hospital and a man’s been arrested following a stabbing in Lismore this afternoon.

Independence key?

Christine Willmot, Sunrise Thanks Echo, for getting worthy successors for the Mungo Comment space. Margo Kingston, for instance, in a recent...

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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 35.52 – June 9, 2021

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In this Issue:

Roar

Kate Coxall, BSC Green candidate, Wilsons Creek In response to the silencing tactics of unaware and privileged men in last week’s Echo, I say ‘No’. We, as women, will no longer be silenced. Women know what silencing means and what it leads to....

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Running out of time

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock I just returned from the ‘Festival of Resistance’, which happened outside of the weapon expo at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. It fulfilled its aim to make a noise about taxpayers’ money being used to support...

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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.

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Regarding John Anderson’s (aka Fast Buck$) advertisement

Cr Jeannette Martin, Mullumbimby In response to John Anderson’s (aka Fast Buck$) advertisement in last week’s Echo (Jun2, 2021), I feel I must set things straight. As usual, Mr Anderson has got it so very wrong – nothing particularly strange about that...

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AVO sparks ‘community standards of behaviour’ forum

Barefoot Law founder and mayoral candidate Mark Swivel, is hosting an event regarding ‘AVOs, harassment, abuse and violence’, to be held June 17 from 6pm at the Byron Community Centre Cavanbah Room.

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The housing crisis in regional Australia

As someone who rents a home, I’m frustrated with the lack of action on affordable housing. The debate has raged for years, yet the government buries its head in the sand.

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Local hospitals

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel I was admitted to Byron hospital and then Tweed to repair a broken leg and would just like to say that I found the service to be ten out of ten for both. The surgeons did an outstanding job,...

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Free advertising

S Darling, Mullumbimby I think Dan Murphy’s put their vans outside schools and skate parks to elicit some free advertising. It’s smart… and too obvious a mistake. And it’s worked hasn’t it? I now know that Dan Murphy’s does deliveries in...

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High school attack

Dan Reade, Ocean Shores Mandy Nolan’s ‘Soapbox’ claim that schools have remained unchanged for the last 200 years, seems only informed by her own personal experiences. I would like to suggest that she visits some local schools to actually see what...

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Independence key?

Christine Willmot, Sunrise Thanks Echo, for getting worthy successors for the Mungo Comment space. Margo Kingston, for instance, in a recent op-ed piece (Echo, 26 May), reminded readers of the potential of independent political candidates to strike a way through the...

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Seriously?

Stephen Bland, Wellington, Aotearo I am a visitor from Aotearoa staying at Suffolk Park. On Wednesday I was in town for breakfast and some shopping. Deciding to catch the bus back to Suffolk Park I returned to the bus stop I...

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Bruns massive development

Russell Eldridge, Brunswick Heads Brunswick Heads is about to be hit with its biggest development upheaval in decades, with the re-emergence of an old plan approved, in principle, years ago by the State government. Developer Clarence Property proposes to nearly double the...

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Vaxx info – get it right

Eve Sinton, Main Arm I have a concern about the ‘Byron rally highlights govcorp tyranny’ story last week. Now the Mullumbimby hairdresser I’ve been going to for five years has placed a sign on the door saying words to the effect: Do...

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Cartoon of the week – 8 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

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Byron Golf Clubs Crowns New Ladies Foursome

Kerry Lollback and Joan Neate will have their names added to the Byron Bay Ladies Foursomes Champions board after winning the 27-hole championship held at Byron Bay golf Club.

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Power Pair Claim New Table Tennis Trophy

The Byron Bay Table Tennis Club held their inaugural mixed doubles tournament last week at Newrybar Hall and declared Ian Evans and Janice Best champions, after they won three from three matches.

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Interview with Toni Scanlon, directer of the play Switzerland

Thriller at the Drill The Drill Hall Theatre Company are about to open the curtain on their latest play, Switzerland, a psychological drama written by Joanna Murray-Smith. Starring veteran actor Liz Chance and newbie, Charlie Burton, this is a...

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning...

All the fun and frolics of the shire in one happy place

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New Indian: Daughter in Law

This Thursday at 4pm is the soft launch of acclaimed chef-owner Jessi Singh’s ‘unauthentic Indian’ restaurant Daughter in Law on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay (where St Elmo used to be). 100 per cent of all proceeds from the busiest...

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More Stone Beer Festivals please

S Haslam Possibly because I haven’t attended any big live music events over the pandemic, I liked the Festival of the Stone on Saturday night more than any previous year, including those when it was just a few people standing...

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New, different Byron Fresh

S Haslam Byron Fresh is an enduring cafe favourite, right in the beating heart of Byron, on the corner of the happening Bay Lane (car-free from 5pm every night) and Jonson Street, just back from the beach. There’s an open...

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Healthy cane juice

We’ve all been there - walking through the Farmer’s Markets, a little parched, because we didn’t plan ahead. How un-Northern Rivers of us! But never fear. There’s a solution. And it’s delicious. Byron Bay Cane Juice, run by the...

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Interview with NORPA dancer Alice Misty Boscheinen and writer and performer,...

When Alice and her support worker Kate venture into the forest for the night – the shapeshifting Dingo is ready for them. Into the Forest is a magical theatre experience performed and devised by dancer Alice Misty Boscheinen with writer and performer Kate McDowell, who is also Alice’s support worker off the stage. Directed and devised by NORPA’s Artistic Director, Julian Louis, Into the Forest explores themes of caring, independence, friendship and fantasy.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: When ‘Yes’ means ‘No’

It seems that even in alternative communities, sexual politics haven’t really been that alternative. Patriarchal narrative reigns supreme. Men tend to be the ‘gurus’, and as it turns out, gurus still like their cock sucked. Generally, by young women.

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Who dobs on the dobbers?

Back in August 2016 – oh, it was a different time! – treasurer Scott Morrison was talking about Australia being a nation of ‘the taxed and the taxed-nots’'…

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Healthy Minds Club powering ahead

Since The Echo last spoke to Lennox Head's Jackson Connellan, from The Healthy Minds Club, things have become even busier. Formed originally in response to...

Gambian: ‘State budget must encourage uptake of electric vehicles’

The Nature Conservation Council has launched a campaign to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in NSW, with a video and a petition.

Two WRHS rescue flights from Tabulam in one day

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) say they travelled to Tabulam twice yesterday in separate incidents in the town.

Drug and firearm offences – Tweed Heads

Police say a man has appeared in court after allegedly being found in possession of firearms, drugs and nearly $10,000 cash in Tweed Heads.