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Feel your bliss

After a year’s absence owing to Covid, House of Bliss is proud to present its 9th all-day chant festival on Saturday at St John’s...

Months on…

We were one of the many to have our beautiful home in Mullumbimby wrecked in the devastating February floods and are in temporary accommodation....

Wanted man who fled Doon Doon propoerty arrested in Queensland

A man wanted on outstanding NSW warrants has been arrested in Queensland over alleged vehicle theft, drug and firearm offences in Doon Doon.

She shed what?

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink – a party with a conscience – are again presenting a stellar show this Saturday at the Nudge – DJs...

Frugality

Being of Richard Jones’s age, I can agree with his essay about the need for frugality to offset climate change. One good place to...

Future Mullum

I have two issues. The most important to me is infrastructure re flooding at the east end of Mullumbimby. I moved from Wilsons Creek into town in 2009 to Ann Street. Just after arriving the drains were cleared including the waterway at the end of the street.

NSW SES Do not enter floodwater – Billinudgel, The Pocket, Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah, Lismore CBD Basin

The NSW SES advises people in Billinudgel, The Pocket, Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Lismore CBD Basin, to NOT ENTER FLOODWATER due to current dangerous flash flooding.

BoM: rain and thunderstorms until mid-week

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), widespread rain and thunderstorms across eastern Australia may lead to more river level rises and flooding in more areas. It is likely these conditions will persist until mid-week before easing.

Cartoon of the week – 28 September 2022

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...

Chile baloney

What a lot of baloney Will Lilley writes in saying Allende ‘brought it upon himself’ when he was overthrown in a military coup by...

Koala stranded

The plight of koalas was demonstrated very well this week with a koala found dangerously stranded in the main street of Murwillumbah. Others have...

Vale Uncle Jack Charles

I just needed to say how deeply sad I am to hear of the death of our beloved Uncle Jack Charles.  I feel totally gutted...

Paying insurance

Across the Shire, landholders of flood-affected premises are reconsidering their future and doing their best to make good on damage to residential and commercial...

Betrayed by Council Regarding short-term holiday rentals – residents of Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park have a right to feel betrayed by Byron Shire Council’s...

Fake Gov.com.au

It’s a shame more people didn’t vote for the Greens. While the holier-than-thou, ‘mature’ Labor Party are pumping their chests about economic management, The Commonwealth...

Ecocide in Mullum

Saddened by the huge trauma that homeless flood victims are undergoing, those feelings were further compounded by reading Hans Lovejoy’s Editorial regarding the crushing...

OS Community Garden launches food stall

Members of the Shara Community Gardens gathered on July 31 to launch their new food exchange stall on Shara Boulevard in Ocean Shores/South Golden...

Sample Food Fest: 3 September

Sample Food Festival, Northern NSW’s premier food event, returns to the Bangalow Showground on Saturday 3 September for its 10th anniversary edition. Sample Food Festival...

Act now, ALP

Byron Greens call on the ALP to act now to save endangered species in our forests. With a change of government we now need a...

Vale Bruce Kent

Bruce Kent (22.8.29–8.6.22)  was one of the greatest compassionate advocates for disarmament and humanity: • General Secretary 1980–85 CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), Chair 1987–1990...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 June, 2022

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Executive Director, Anita Bellman, is thrilled to announce that there will be free tickets for all flood-affected members of our community to attend the NRC 2022 Visiting Artist program, made possible with the support of our friends at Musica Viva and Southern Cross University.

Back in the day

I remember back in the day when Council workers used to actually don raincoats and clear the drains when it was raining. Ron Hannigan and...

Give up your fire

Mandy Nolan’s article (4 May) suggesting (among other things) we try to avoid heating to reduce emissions is sensible.  A separate Echo article mentions that...

Assange – election

As we think about where to put our mark on the ballot paper in this election, spare some time to do a little research...

Morrison & Albanese

In reading the article ‘Work histories of Morrison and Albanese (14 April)’, I seem to have missed something. I picked up Anthony Albanese’s DJ...

A broken creek gauge system could cost lives

On the night of February 27,  Nan and Hugh Nicholson had first-hand experience of a failed flood warning system.

COVID update for the North Coast

475 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday (4 April), the Northern NSW Local Health District reports.

BoM issue Severe Weather Warning for HEAVY RAINFALL

The Bureau of Meteorology says that they are expecting heavy rainfall and thunderstorm with locally intense falls expected over northeastern NSW from later today.

Missing man’s body found in Coaldale floodwaters

NSW Police report that the body of a man has been recovered from a property at Coaldale.

Toot, Toot

Thank you to everyone who tooted, waved and gave me thumbs up in support as I held my sign ‘NURSES NEED PROPER STAFF LEVELS’...

Rail trail reality

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail will soon be a reality with three sections, 54km of the planned 130km, now fully funded by the State...

And the 2021 Simple Pleasures photo comp winner is…

Mark Seiffert, better known for his skills with the barcode reader than a camera, has won the 2021 Simple Pleasures Photo Comp with his...

Homelessness

The Bangalow CWA branch is way more than tea and scones. The branch has a strong commitment to the CWA of NSW’s call for...

Dear Premier – Northern Rivers border zone

Michael Weatherhead, Alstonville The whole of the Northern Rivers is in lockdown and the whole of the Northern Rivers has zero cases of COVID-19 as of...

Nature-based intervention on offer for at-risk young people

As the trickledown effects of COVID-19 continue to hit our most vulnerable, not-for-profit groups are saying they are overwhelmed.

John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

Liar liar backside on fire

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Deputy PM McCormack claimed last week that PETA people ‘wouldn’t know if their backside was...

The Farm seeks to approve unauthorised land uses

A planning proposal, now on exhibition on Council’s website, aims to authorise activities at The Farm, located on the corner of Ewingsdale Road and Woodford Lane, Byron Bay.

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Councils ‘bullied’ with increased NSW govt burdens, say LGNSW

NSW councils have been ‘set up to fail’ with their annual audits ‘because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control’, claims the peak body representing councils, Local Government NSW.

Cumbalum shops and affordable homes one step closer – by car

Cumbalum is one step closer towards having some local shops and five new officially affordable homes in perpetuity thanks to council approval of preliminary planning requirements.

Mullum’s zebra crossing win hard fought by residents

A zebra crossing is being installed at a pedestrian safety blackspot near the centre of Mullumbimby, following a long-running campaign by a group of local residents.

The Aboriginal identity explosion

So, who are Aboriginal people, what is the three-pronged definition and perhaps more importantly, who decides?