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‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Country Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Other News

From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

December 19, 2018

Issue 33.28

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In this Issue:

A funny thing happened on the way to being Grandma

Between the government and the mining companies, we are slowly destroying this country. Not only did we steal it from the First Nations Peoples, now we are poisoning the land they love so much.


Interview with Irish Mythen

The Music of Mythen Canada’s award-winning folk sensation Irish Mythen returns to Australia for a highly anticipated season of summer shows that includes a spot at the Byron Theatre and Bluesfest. The perfect example of a contemporary folk troubadour, Mythen...


Interview with Garrett Kato

From busking Byron to the world! Garrett Kato’s story is something of a musical fairytale. The west Canadian moved to Byron when he was 23 and built his following on the streets of the town. His talent wasn’t just noticed...


Interview with Paul Abad from Earth Frequency Festival

Finding your Frequency One of the most immersive festivals of the year is Earth Frequency Festival. Happening 15–18 February at Ivory Rock in SE QLD, this is a weekend of wild DJ sets, primal dancing, art installations, mind-bending light shows...


Cinema Review: The Grinch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf6D-i8YpHg The Grinch (2018) There were sightings of Santa and browbeating encouragements to buy useless junk for Chrissie as early as October this year (thankfully, the nauseating carols by candlelight are still kept to a later date), so for some of...


Culture for the Byron Shire and Beyond from December 20-26, 2018

Learning to whistle  Mullumbimby Ex Services Club | Dec  20-21, 27-28, Jan 2-3  | 9am-12pm & 3pm | $40-75 Okay, so you don’t know what to do with the kids these holidays? Help is here! Your kid can become a pro...


What are your plans for New Year’s Eve

The family-friendly alcohol-free street party Soul Street is set to take place again in Byron Bay for New Years Eve.


Coorabell celebrates end of school year

Coorabell Public School celebrated the end of year with a recent concert, held at the Mullum Civic Centre.


Affordable housing trust launched

A new governance model to deliver affordable housing in the Shire was launched last Tuesday by Cr Paul Spooner. He addressed the first Byron Community Land Limited AGM at the Community Centre.


Bus stop will result in reduced amenity: residents

Transport for NSW have declined to provide any details on the recent announcement of a proposed Byron bus station within the rail corridor and proposed Butler Street bypass. Local residents say they have not been consulted about the plans announced by MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals) last week.


Cinema Review: Instant Family

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUfZq3DUd3Y Instant Family Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are a childless couple who want kids. After seeing some cute photos on an adoption website, Pete agrees to put their names down as prospective foster parents. The agency with which...


Interview with Austen Tashus

Everything you wanted to know about Austen Tayshus but were too afraid to ask… For nearly four decades standup comedian Austen Tayshus aka Sandy Gutman has been terrorising the Australian public, using his original style of humour to entertain, agitate,...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The dick joke

I love a dick joke. But a $52K one? Well it better be a doozy. And it is! Thank you, Byron Council! You have kept me in dick jokes for the next decade… or should I say Dickade?! I LOVE the new sculptural cock up! 


Live Music in the Byron Shire and Beyond from Dec 20th,...

Sunday Safari’s hot summer sets Beach Hotel, Byron Bay | Wednesday December 26 | 9pm | FREE Oi! You! Yeah, you. You, with your head slumped over your laptop, under the grating fluorescent lights of the office you call home for 50...


Summer shark safety campaign launched

Two additional drones will complement the NSW government’s shark-mitigation measures, which will roll out for summer on top of existing measures including helicopter surveillance and SMART drumlines.


Santa coming to collect Byron council’s bins

Call it Byron Shire Council's present to residents and ratepayers. There will be extra urban and rural residential bin collections over the Christmas period. See how it will affect you.


Carols bring community together

Byron Bay and Mullumbimby both held their carols events over the weekend. 'Santa' Jeff Dawson paid them a visit.


Niah’s exhibit explores self-discovery

Bangalow art gallery Ninbella, located at 19a Byron Street, is featuring artist Niah Juella McLeod until December 21.


Local archers aim for another big year building membership

Simon Walsh, secretary  Byron Shire Archery Club recently completed its fourth year of successful competitive shooting. Since its inception in 2014, the club has gone from strength to strength. This year members competed in a range of competitive events at regional,...


All Girls Surfriders welcome three new life members

Crystal Cylinders The Lennox Head-based All Girls Surfriders celebrated the end of a fabulous year of surfing with a colourful presentation and the induction of three new life members at the local club. The regional club has been running since 1992...


New recruit ready for the summer at Brunswick SLSC

Guy Knox Locals and visitors can be reassured when they head to Brunswick Beach as four new surf life savers have graduated from the Bronze Medallion surf life saving course. Eight weeks of intensive training covered practical and theory subjects including...


Hadwell wins C-grade bowls at Byron

On the last day of the bowling calendar for the year two inaugural finals were decided at the Byron Bay Womens Bowling Club: The C-grade singles championship and the Consistency Singles were closely contested and played on a holding green...


Beachy Green Room – local flavour

Have you been to the new Green Room at the Beach Hotel yet? It showcases the incredible booze and food offerings from our local northern rivers area. The taps are filled with Stone & Wood (obviously), Jilly wines (natural,...


Real food, for everyone – Brookfarm

From a nutritional perspective, sustainable farming practices are crucial in determining the mineral content of the foods that are grown in these ecosystems. Ultimately, soil health determines food quality – the availability and retention of nutrients in our soil contributes to...


On the Green at Lennox

Lennox is a happening place at the moment; it has a growing population and many of those locals are beach-loving, friendly, cruisy sort of folk. The new beer garden at Club Lennox is riding the wave, and is hosting...


Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of our global predicament, and a...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’ energy projects, including 264 million...

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.