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Bulldozers

Council’s excuse for letting the bulldozers into the Wallum site is that it will lose in court and waste money (note: always money not...

The zucchini omelette returns!

Victoria Cosford After a near 12-month absence, brother and sister team Rob and Michelle Costanzo from Nomadic Kitchen are coming back to the markets, along...

Broken spine

A part of the Mullumbimby Masterplan, Byron Council’s Stuart Street Green Spine project’s stated aim is to ‘create a leafy, green boulevard on Stuart...

The white dress

A thumbs-up to Mandy Nolan’s commentary titled The white dress (Soapbox, 27 December 2023). A clear insight into the many layers of this, and...

Are you feeling Christmassy, or what?

I’m growing increasingly resistant to smiling – you know, the Botox, fixed grin sort. Over recent times I’ve become increasingly irked by newscasters and...

Looking to peace?

The constant theme in Danny Wakil’s letters is ‘Hamas bad, Israel good’. He never criticises Israel despite so many Israeli war crimes over decades,...

Whose right to defend?

Israelis deserve little sympathy. They’ve brought the violence on themselves through the brutality they’ve inflicted on Palestinians for 75 years.  Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy (Haaretz) recently...

The referendum

I returned to the car from voting in the referendum, and my seven-year-old son asked me how I voted. I told him and inquired...

Conscious meat ‘People are coming back to meat.’

Victoria Cosford I’m chatting to Nick Tallas, manager of new-kid-on-the-block Conscious Ground, purveyor of grass-fed beef and pork. I’d been curious to know how, in...

It is long past time to recognise and properly acknowledge the past and present experiences of First Nations peoples in Australia. For most of...

Take hold of your future with the Momentum Program for Aboriginal employment

Assistance for local Aboriginal people to gain employment through the Momentum Program will be available at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Museum and Murwillumbah Community Centre.

Love the lighthouse track

I went on the new lighthouse  track today and think they have done an amazing job. Letting you know not everyone dislikes it or needs...

Cinema: The mutants are back!

They’re teenagers and they’re mutants! The turtles that rose to fame in the 80s are back (again) in the 2023 edition of reptilian ninjas – this chapter is computer-animated and ready for kick-butt fun.

Rural visitor accom rules to be voted upon by Byron Council

The protracted process of amending rules around rural tourist and visitor accommodation in Byron Shire are edging toward a conclusion, with councillors set to vote on the final set of changes to Council’s policy today.

Rail trail: really?

In relation to the Byron Shire Council’s uninformed decision to vote for a rail trail – it is for everyone, just so ridiculous, as...

Coastal residents unite to fight inappropriate DAs

A new alliance of dozens of community groups campaigning to defend small coastal towns and pockets of sensitive and endangered coastal bushland from inappropriate developments launched at the NSW Parliament recently.

Man charged after public-place shots fired

New South Wales Polices say a man has been charged following an investigation into two public-place shootings at Ballina last month.

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s annual Open Day is this weekend

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s annual Open Day is a rare opportunity for the community to go behind the scenes and access areas usually closed to the public, with all proceeds going back into the hospital so staff and volunteers can continue their vital work.

Remembering Veterans in Ballina

A sunset commemoration service was held at the Ballina cenotaph on Friday as the Ballina RSL Club and Ballina RSL-Sub Branch marked a significant milestone – the 50th Anniversary of the withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam.

The Voice

Imagine trust being the guiding intent – instead of fear and ‘power-over’ – when the tall ships arrived on Australia’s shores. Imagine if the...

Voice: waste of our money

Perry Cornish’s letter (5 July) was about the wording of the proposed alteration of our Commonwealth of Australia Constitution. The Voice proposal says the...

Funk erosion

Recently I became involved in house buying and selling and I noticed this: every  house ‘on the market’ gets spruced up before sale. This...

Defund Ukraine war

One can’t rely on Russians or politicians for accurate information on the war, instead, the best information comes from people suitably qualified and experienced...

Israel/Palestine

As usual Dany Wakil presents his distorted view of the Palestine/Israel conflict. His assertion that Arabs expelled other Arabs from their own lands to...

Art Pharmacy’s art trail and Lismore Base Hospital

Art Pharmacy in collaboration with Health Infrastructure NSW has commissioned 36 artworks by nine artists local to the Northern Rivers region for the Lismore...

Nakba

Saturday, 13 May marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the state of apartheid Israel and no doubt Australian diplomats and politicians were...

Dingo or wild dog?

Dingoes or wild dogs, it depends on how it impacts you. Locally, wild dogs have 50 to 75 per cent dingo heritage. They massacre...

Fools for the nUdGe

No fooling – with this epic lineup at nUdGe nUdGe WiNk WiNk! You’d be a fool to miss International DJ Stevie G, locally-based DJs...

Unhinged teenager

If contributors to The Echo feel the need to use expletives to express themselves, I have a suggestion, expand your vocabulary, read quality non-woke...

Dick in your pants

All of these blokes circling each other and looking for a war – unevolved idiots! Put your dicks back in your pants and climb...

Nuclear war

Sleepwalking into nuclear war: ‘The delivery of NATO aircraft to Ukraine and their maintenance by a NATO country, will be a direct entry of...

Feros aged care in Byron Bay – it’s not all bad

I am writing in response to The Echo article, Response Hands Down Damning Feros Report. On reading this report I am sure that many local...

Being effective on 90-day caps

I’d like to address the issue with last week’s Echo editorial, which asked people to sign a proforma. In my view this will do...

Struggling health sector

Regarding your article NSW Labor states its position on struggling health sector (8 February). Nurses and midwives across NSW are grateful that the NSW...

Last hurrah for STRA

STRA (Sydney-based organisation) and Airbnb say that the majority of people in Byron Shire object to the Council’s proposal to reduce the number of...

The greater good

Byron Council has ratified the International Charter of Human Rights, complete with fine legal minds that developed a Charter of Rights. This was initiated...

Mental health in the ‘hood

I read with interest Paul Bibby’s article in this week’s edition of The Echo – ‘Poor mental health still an issue’. As someone who has...

Byron influencers

I'd love to know the fashion swimwear evolution for the Bundjalung people swimming at Tyagarah, 60,000, 50,000, 40,000, 30,000, 20,000, 10,000 and 250 years...

How would you stop koalas going extinct in the wild?

The strategy for koala conservation is currently under review and the community is being asked for feedback on the best ways to help NSW’s endangered koalas.

First Australian made and owned rocket test flight coming…

Gilmour Space Technologies is looking to put Australia on the map when it comes to space flight with the first test flight of an Australian-made and owned rocket coming in a few months.

Mandy gets back to a little virgin sacrifice

The virgin sacrifice is bak with Mandy Nolan bringing the Northern Rivers a new batch of comedy virgins coming to the stage.