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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.

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Lower the voting age

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was sad, yet heartening (somehow), to read last week’s article from Adel Pheloung, together with the...

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

Suffolk Park gardeners angry over Council’s double standard

Gardeners at the Suffolk Park Community Garden say they’ve been trapped in a procedural Catch-22 by Byron Shire Council, after it gave the green light to an expanded pump track (BMX track).

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

Koala advocate is Tweed Citizen of the Year

Murwillumbah local Jenny Hayes was named the 2020 Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year at Tuesday’s Australia Day Awards...

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day...

September 18, 2019

Issue 34.15

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In this Issue:

Let who be?

Dee Taminian, Ballina Quick chat, Roger Secombe (Echo 28 Aug). ‘Let others be…’ you quoted, which is what you and Israel Folau are not doing. As I turned the page, an article on suicide prevention urged me to reply. Your...


Thanks, Council

Paul Rea, Coorabell May I offer this note of public thanks to Byron Council for repairing that ravaged bendy section of Coorabell Road where the potholes had become a real risk to life. It feels strangely compromising to thank the...


Resign now

Paul Brecht, Evans Head I am calling on the four Greens (?) councillors to resign their positions as Byron Shire councillors now. These four people haven’t represented the people of Byron Shire in its true sense as representatives. Why, you...


Interview with Lindsay McDougall from Frenzal Rhomb

Byron Guitar Festival Byron Brewery  |  12–13 October  |  $50 daily or $90 for two days Frenzal Rhomb are an Aussie punk band that formed back in 1992. They’ve had three albums in the top 20 on the ARIA Albums Chart,...


Heartfelt thanks

Jill Keogh, Ocean Shores Heartfelt thanks to Meyrick Gilchrist for his message urging us all to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. That 300 people rose as one in a standing ovation for Thomas Mayor’s eloquent presentation the previous...


Spot the tyranny

J Rose, Mullumbimby How about a bit of ‘spot the tyranny of the parochial’ in Byron Shire? I nominate, ‘the whole world is watching’, said of a mine infrastructure development, to which the speaker was opposed. Can anyone top that?


Where there’s smoke…

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads Mr Cameron Clarke, the utility manager for Water and Recycling, has stated a contractor is being employed to smoke-test the Mullumbimby sewer mains. I am wondering is Mr Clarke aware that these mains have been smoke-tested twice...


Battling the questions of extinction

Warren Kennedy, Mullumbimby Gary Opit is entitled to think what he likes about my opinions regarding the merits of battling extinction but he’s not entitled to make up facts. When he says that extinctions are not normal he’s flying in...


An assumption

David Hancock, Byron Bay So we must assume that police officers in NSW can bash people with impunity and face no consequences apart from the frowns of some of their fellow officers… just not bloody good enough. In fact it’s a...


Who let the dogs…?

My walk on Byron beach was marred by an over-exuberant dog who clawed me, and an unapologetic owner. Perhaps dogs of a size and nature need to be restrained on a leash otherwise soon enough someone will get hurt.


Letter to Reflections

David Kolb, Brunswick Heads Oh dear, Reflections Board, you’ve done it again. No consultation at all on the refurbishment of the Torakina amenities block. Was there a call for suggestions? Why don’t you have someone here on the ground? You can’t ‘see’...


Interview with singer/songwriter Sue Ray

Starting Ground SAE Byron  |  Thursday & Friday  |  9am–5pm  |  FREE   For singer/songwriter Sue Ray, one of the things she enjoys most about her journey as a musician is being able to share what she’s learned about crafting a career,...


Where next for Byron Shire tourism?

The recent release of region by region statistics from Tourism Research Australia has sparked a flurry of responses from local stakeholders in the industry.


Many an empire

Peter Duke, Cumbalum Re ‘10,000 soldiers’ , there’s been many an empire and soldier. Like humanity though, they were all fragile in the end. Rome corroded from within. As for the Jews, they were looking for someone to conquer their...


Culture in and around the Byron Shire for the week beginning...

Footloose 80s Prom Night (dress up!) Brunswick Picture House  |  Saturday 20 September Everyone loves the 80s in their own way… and many of us, who lived through the 80s, have both good and not so good memories… but who didn’t...


Are we living in fear?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry The American FBI now states that: anti-government, fringe political ‘conspiracy theories’ very likely motivate some domestic extremists to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity. Yet, president Harry S Truman wrote: ‘Once a government is committed to the...


Gathering the iron horses

The coast was all a-thunder on the weekend as almost 600 members of the NSW Harley Owners Group (HOG) rode their iron horses from Byron to Angels Beach and back as part of their annual get-together


The sculpture – taking responsibility

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay Who should take responsibility for the fiasco of the ill-fated sculpture at the industrial estate roundabout? A satisfactory answer may never appear but I’m sure, we the ratepayers, will bear the cost. However, I can’t believe...


Perhaps some market research?

BE Brooks, Byron Bay If the councillors are so confused about the demographic of their constituents and what we want, as Cr Spooner (and Cr Ndiaye) in another paper seems to be, perhaps it’s time to bring in a market...


Whose artistic rights

A Hunter, Bangalow Paul Davies’s belief that a sculpture once sold by the artist to someone else still retains intellectual property rights over the thing he sold is silly at best. Do builders still have the same right or is...


Playground Festival at the QUAD

Playground Festival The Quad, Lismore  |  Saturday 21 September |  10am  |  FREE The QUAD in Lismore are becoming masters at transforming space and inviting community in to participate in interactive and immersive events. This Saturday sees The QUAD host The Playground Festival...


Interview with Safia

Safia Beach Hotel Byron Bay  |  Friday   | 8–11pm  |  $55.94 Ben Woolner, Michael Bell and Harry Sayers met at primary school. Drawn together at the end of year six by what Ben calls a connection over their shared love of...


Cinema: Downton Abbey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu3mP0c51hE Based on the hit TV show, Downton Abbey continues to build on its success. It is clear that this movie was made predominantly for the fans. If you loved the TV show then it is a safe bet to...


BVSD dancers take The Next Step

Thirteen schools including local studio Brunswick Valley School of Dance, were chosen from over 200 across Australia to perform in The Next Step live shows in Australia.


The power of our thoughts and actions

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby Gary Opit (Echo letters, 11 Sept) is right: may we all be connected and soon see the power of our thoughts and actions. On October 7 and the following days we have a global opportunity to demonstrate...


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,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...