Despite pressures to the contrary, it is your role to represent your constituents not only locally but in how the country is being run.
After last week’s news that the Federal Court recognised the Native Tile of the Bundjalung People of Byron Bay, the Arakwal-Bumberbin, many are wondering what this means in terms of day-to-day life in the Byron Shire.
This federal election will decide the quality of life for future generations, and irrespective of who wins it is looking pretty bleak.
'You don’t need a formal conspiracy when interests align,’ said comedian George Carlin, and with that in mind, a remarkable book released in August last year details the 17 transnational investment firms who control over $50 trillion in concentrated wealth.
Former Greens mayor and NSW upper house MLC Jan Barham made life difficult for councillors and staff who had assembled in the Council chambers on Thursday.
The dramatic removal of Julian Assange from the UK Ecuadorian embassy on April 11 was a reminder that the planet’s most powerful are hostile to transparency and whistleblowers, and they will openly remove anyone who dares take them on. In... Read More →
I (stupidly) assumed, with the weight of science behind it, the argument against the Carmichael mine would see the venture stopped once and for all.
Acting mayor Michael Lyon is having a tough time of late, with the re-elected Greens MP Tamara Smith calling for a review of Byron’s traffic woes.
Often people see religion as providing a moral guide on how to live their lives. But this is not the only way to approach ideas or issues in our lives and the way we might respond to them.
Dear resident, This guide is aimed at providing helpful information to consider should you be facing a large-scale inappropriate development application (DA) in your neighbourhood. It attempts to explain Council’s procedures and policies around the DA process, as well as... Read More →
The Party Animals (oops, the Animal Justice Party) candidate Cathy Blasonato admitted at the meet the candidates forum on Monday that she didn’t really want to get elected.
Many political actors rely on voters to forget their terrible past by distracting them with rapid-fire pork barreling and non-binding pledges just prior to an election. With that in mind, the following is a potted history of The Echo’s reporting since Liberal Mike Baird was elected premier in 2011.
While the party animals (I mean the Animal Welfare League) candidate Cathy Blastonata admitted that she didn’t really want to get elected most of candidates for the seat of Ballina were able to deliver a clear message of their priorities at last nights Meet the Candidates in Byron.
Two parties are likely be elected to form a NSW government at the March 23 election
In what many might think of as a contradiction in terms, the NSW Greens have pledged more money to fix Byron Shire’s roads than the ALP and Coalition combined.
A recent panel discussion in Byron Bay brought some focussed intelligence to bear on the subject of sharks for a change, instead of the usual Murdoch media beat-ups.
Jordan Peterson. On the surface he appears quite reasonable, despite sounding like a Muppet character. He should pose no threat, right?
The weekend blitz targeting roadside alcohol and drug testing has highlighted NSW government laws that target the use of cannabis rather than its impact on driving.
The human condition and the nature of the universe – a battle between good and evil, synaptic anomalies or just chaotic randomness...
How Byron Shire approaches the issue of visitors and transport in, around, and into the Shire is no longer just a question for Byron Bay. Controlling the number of visitors and changing the way they access and interact with our region will be key to ensuring we retain our individuality and unique flavour.
Your final day to enrol to vote for the next state election is Monday, March 4 with polling day set for Saturday March 23 – and your vote could make all the difference.
The Regional Planning Panel (RPP) booked the Byron Theatre last week in order to give local people the opportunity to let off steam with verbal objections to the West Byron development proposal.
Governments around the world are out of step with advice from experts on how to tackle illegal and recreational drug use. From the police to border control and health experts, the call has been going out long, loud, and clear: drug policy needs to be rethought.
The federal Labor opposition has unveiled a $1 billion dollar plan to ‘supercharge’ Australia’s renewable-based hydrogen industry.
The smell of burning plastic on Goa's once-pristine Arambol beach is just the tip of India's environmental iceberg, writes Harsha Prabhu.