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Katter campaign turns back the clock in Queensland

Chris Dobney To think last week I almost contemplated getting into bed with Bob Katter (Jnr). I mean that metaphorically of course, given that we’re...

Can PR campaign help capture a monster?

Hans Lovejoy Heard of Kony 2012? If you’ve been on Facebook this week you most likely would have seen a call to arms against Joseph...

Thus spake Mungo

… illegal and dangerous That is how Mungo characterises the suggestion of right-wing press pontificators that civil authority should bow to the rule of the...

Behind the Seams: who’s asking questions about coal-seam gas and health?

by David Shearman and Marion Carey, of Doctors for the Environment Australia Almost a quarter of the disease burden and deaths in the world can...

Water everywhere but not a drop to breathe

As communities across Australia’s eastern states clean up after recent heavy rain and flooding, Southern Cross University researchers are testing the waters to understand...

Charity helps to feed non-gay hungry

A Colorado-based Christian charity is providing aid for any and all heterosexual Africans in need. Video TheOnion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp4x14dAwLk

CSG has psychological impacts too

  Melissa Hargraves Dr Wayne Somerville, a local clinical psychologist, is fast becoming a full-time speaker warning of the impacts of coal-seam gas (CSG) mining in...

No-one expects the Byron compliance squad

David Lovejoy Last week’s editorial in the print edition of The Echo expressed some anger that Byron Shire Council should seek to subpoena the editor’s...

TV or not TV? Time to go digital

Federal minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced that 540,000 households across northern NSW will switch to digital-only,...

Debugging the black spots

There are several areas across our region that are digital black spots, as many residents wanting to upgrade to a digital TV will have...

From 10cc to the Feramones and back

  Story & photo Eve Jeffery Despite Byron Shire being a world away from 10cc’s Jamaica, rock guitarist Rick Fenn has opted for a permanent dreadlock...

The mysterious life and tragic death of bandicoots

  Story & photo Mary Gardner An oncoming car threatened me, so I stepped farther aside to the narrow verge and paused. The stink of exhaust...

Conservation, not confrontation, says activist

  Story & photo Eve Jeffery Karl Goodsell is the founder and director of the Byron Bay-based Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML), a group that...

And the winner is… Smith, Shorten or Crean

Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane asks who is the winner from yesterday’s unedifying events? Kevin Rudd hasn’t merely lost, he has failed to establish himself as...

NZ decides who buys their assets – what can we learn?

Lynne Wilkinson We can learn a lot from New Zealand as they give priority to their own wealth creators and long-term national interests. New Zealand...

Schoolkids benefit from meditation

  The Buddhist meditation of mindfulness is now being introduced in local schools, and among those involved is Byron Bay resident Maggie Clark. She says she...

WIRES reunites frogmouth family

Muriel Kinson WIRES was called to Richmond Hill recently when a young tawny frogmouth chick was found sitting on the ground, with its caring mum...

Take a peek inside the home of the future

Mandy Nolan Michael Reynolds is on a mission to leave a low-carbon footprint with his creative low-cost housing designs using recycled materials. In 2007, he was...

Climate deniers take legal action against bloggers

Crikey journalist Amber Jamieson reports the US Heartland Institute is threatening legal action against bloggers who published leaked documents the instite now cannot confirm...

Thus spake Mungo…

… the real Tony Abbott Tony Abbott likes to pretend that he’s taken up the cudgels for John Howard’s battlers. In reality his policies are...

Rubbish – could it be the latest resource?

Kate Pye It’s time we started seeing rubbish a bit differently. Waste, whether it is organic or electronic, should be seen as fuel that can...

Mandy’s Soapbox #26

Smart phone versus dumb people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8yD7x5EH1U&w=470&h=290 Mandy Nolan is worried that smart phones are becoming way too smart – and people are becoming dumber! Video Sharon Shostak

Music society matron hands over the baton

  Story & photo Eve Jeffery The Byron Music Society is about say goodbye to its last founding member as Margot Dods resigns from the post. As...

New film shines light on dirty topic

Bimblebox is a peaceful 8000-hectare sanctuary in central-west Queensland. A remnant of semi-arid woodlands, it is home to a rich diversity of birds, reptiles...

Biomass burner scheme ‘Pythonesque’

Crikey’s Andrew Macintosh writes that the Oakeshott-Windsor plan to burn up our forests lacks logic as well as common sense. Imagine a climate policy plan...

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.

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,...