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February 28, 2021

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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Coal scuttle

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing...

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

March 7, 2018

Issue 32.39

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Fairly random notes from Byron Shire and beyond

A Queensland mycologist (studier of fungus), Dr Sandra Tuszynska, believes mushroom vomit could one day replace plastics, bricks and certain metals.


He’s a Little Stupid

Tommy Little is as stupid as they come. Lucky for the rest of us, stupid makes for great comedy. He sold out shows all over the country in 2017 so why wouldn’t you forget your troubles and come have...


Seven years on, Fukushima still a disaster without a solution

High-profile Japanese activist Toshiko Okada will be speaking at the Channon Market from 12pm Sunday March 11 to mark the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.


Seven years on, Fukushima still a disaster without a solution

High-profile Japanese activist Toshiko Okada will be speaking at the Channon Market from 12pm Sunday March 11 to mark the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.


Mullumbimby businesses threatened by high rent increases

Much-loved local businesses in Mullumbimby are being been hit with substantial rent increases that could force some of them to close. Five shop owners in the town have reportedly been slugged with rent hikes of between 20 and 100 per cent by their landlords in the past six months.


Getting the ANZAC story Write

Calling young creatives in the northern rivers! Your opportunity to win $1000, mentoring, and an appearance at Byron Writers Festival 2018. In a call to young creatives the Byron Writers Festival presents writer, historian and journalist Mark Dapin, who has...


Byron Bay cash-for-container centre opens

Byron residents can now trade their eligible drink containers for cash following the installation of a ‘Return and Earn’ container-deposit machine at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay last week.


Red Sparrow

In From Russia With Love (the novel), Tatiana Romanova was a ballerina in Leningrad before joining the Russian Secret Service, whereupon she was trained as a siren to seduce and execute James Bond.


Music Roundup: 07 March – 13 , 2018

Women of Rock The best local and interstate artists are coming together this Friday night as part of the Women of Rock music showcase at the Byron Brewery for International Women’s Day. The free-entry show features a killer lineup including Mylee...


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Feeling Toey

Last week I faced my fears. I went to the podiatrist. Her name was Louise. She was very nice. Very reassuring. It made me wonder why I’ve put it off for ten years.


Shelley’s long road to recovery from malaria

Friends of Byron Bay woman Shelley Hill have launched a GoFundMe campaign after she contracted malaria on a volunteering trip in Cambodia. 


Byron Bay’s Railway Square upgrade to start next week

The first stage of landscape design and beautification works for Railway Park in Byron Bay will start next week, say Byron Shire Council staff.


Paddles to the ready for Mullum2Bruns

Each year since 2010, around a thousand people have taken to the water in various non-powered craft to paddle the 10km from Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads.


Feel on holiday at Byron at Byron

By Vivienne Pearson The Byron at Byron (I always have to remember to add the The) is best known for being a resort for visitors and holidaymakers. But it is also for locals. ‘The beautiful surrounds instantly relax you, whether...


Check out the rock at Aquarius

By Vivienne Pearson I admit that I’ve been past The Rocks @ Aquarius many times thinking: ‘That looks nice but I wouldn’t go in because it’s a backpacker hostel.’* Luckily, this story made me walk in the door and I will...


Margarita March at The Balcony

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co is hosting what they call the town’s first ever Margarita Festival this March. To celebrate the traditional Mexican drink, a specialty cocktail menu has been crafted by the mixologists behind the balcony. One dollar from...


Puremelt Mullum: 100% Vegan Burgers

What do you get when an eco-jeweller and a chocolate-making goddess come together with a shared passion for making delicious food, mix it together with a love of all things organic, gluten free, cruelty free and locally sourced? Mullumbimby’s first...


Happy Birthday to Brunswick Fish Bar

By Vivienne Pearson The Fish Bar that Jack Built has turned two! The big day was Saturday (3 March), and was celebrated with face painting, balloons, spot give-aways, a ‘design your ultimate burger’ competition, and lots of quality fish and...


Kennedy chasing WSL return

With a semifinal finish up against a huge international field, Lennox Head’s Stu Kennedy was the best of the locals who competed at Newcastle’s Merewether Beach for the Burton Automotive Pro last week. Joining Kennedy at the a WSL...


Cricket finale looms

Both of Byron’s Senior grades lost last weekend as the end of the season loomed with one match to go this Saturday. The Byron Bay LJ Hooker Seconds remain in the final four despite a touch up by Tintenbar...


Student swimmers make a splash at carnival

On February 21st the Tweed River Aquatic Centre in Murwillumbah saw an invasion of very talented High School swimmers. They had come from more than a dozen schools scattered across the large region from Ballina to the Queensland border. After...


Soccer champs crowned

The Mullumbimby six-a-side soccer competition was decided last month when the Maddogs achieved a 2–0 victory over their arch-rivals Classic VI in the A grade grandfinal. Each team had beaten the other during the season so the ultimate prize was...


‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo ‘Electorates miss out on bushfire...