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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

September 25, 2019

Issue 34.16

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In this Issue:

Interview with Claire Anne Taylor

Claire Anne Taylor Mullum Music Festival  |  14-17 Nov Claire Anne Taylor is a force of nature.  Born in Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine rainforest into her father’s hands in the family barn, her music comes growling from the floorboards, right into the centre...


Locals enriched by exploration of wide, wild world

As much as possible, Northern Rivers filmmakers are included in the BBFF programme, invited to talk about their work, share screenings with their friends and family, and welcomed to the rich and fertile networking events that occur over the 10 days.



Fast Bucks, Coorabell There’s been some local public discussion about ‘precedent’ mainly in relation to the maximum permitted height of buildings. But also in relation to the number of cabins permitted on certain types of land. Most of the discussion is...


Shelley Davidow’s novel looks at betrayed women in Byron Bay

Queensland author and academic, Shelley Davidow’s latest novel High Infidelity, tracks the fortunes and re-emergence of Lara, runaway English wife, as she rediscovers herself in Byron Bay.


Interview with Matt Okine

Matt Okine, Nick Cody & Dan Willis Mullum Ex-Services  |  Friday 4 October  |  8pm  |  $25/30 When I first met Matt Okine he was doing open mic’s. That’s a beginner comic’s life. In the 10 or more years since I...


Tallow Creek changes

Leon Norman, Suffolk Park As a resident adjoining the Arakwal National Park, I have been able to observe the changes to the Tallows Creek floodplain. We experienced two, three month floods right up to the permitted 2.200 metre maximum level, in...


Commendable mayor

L Andrews, Lennox Head While Mayor Richardson’s plan to reduce energy is commendable, has he considered the safety aspect of his proposal to turn off streetlights in Byron? In a town with few footpaths and plenty of potholes, residents walking...


Tourist value

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay Much has been written about tourists. Their supposed value, their supposed burden on the local community along with the supposed need for them into the future. The one that bothers me the most is their burden,...


Interview with Tora

Tora – Can't Buy The Mood Tour Hotel Great Northern  |  Friday  |  7pm  |  $33.55 This region is renowned for some very creative people. Tora are a band created by kids from Shearwater back in 2013 – years later that...


Culture in the ByronShire for the Week Beginning 25 September 2019

The 20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Byron Bay  |  26 Sept–13 Oct The 20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival celebrates Italian cinema and filmmakers at their very best. With a programme featuring 26 of the best new Italian films from the past...



Alison Nankivell, Suffolk Park I must say Byron Bay, that I’m heartbroken. Oh, for all your pride on being creative, unique, self expressive, individual and progressive, to see my favourite beautiful sculpture torn down and fed to the dirt, shattered me....


Kids today

Stephen McIllhatton, Skennars Head Last Friday morning I was driving north and passed the Byron Bay off ramp (eastern side) and witnessed cars at a standstill, both lanes, and all the way back to Tyagarah. Most vehicles had only one...


Bypass angst

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry The bypass angst shows how poorly supported we are by the NSW Government on transport infrastructure. State coffers were opened only if it was spent on a bypass despite community advocacy for projects with widespread and more...



Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads Duncan Dey’s statement in the article Cleaning up Mullumbimby (Echo September 18) bemuses me. The conversation on inflow/ infiltration has been going on for twenty-five years. For Mr Dey to now come out with the statement...


Since life began

Gary Opit, Brunswick Heads Warren Kennedy is perfectly correct when he writes that large numbers of species have gone extinct since life began on this planet and that we should always try to minimise our effect on other species. Scientists...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 25...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 25 September 2019


Cinema: Ad Astra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6AaSMfXHbA Ad Astra is a science-fiction epic by director, James Gray. The story follows a stoic astronaut, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), who is sent to Neptune to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who has been missing for 30 years...


Interview with Brett Haylock of the Brunswick Picture House

Cheeky Cabaret Brunswick Picture House  |  Friday and Saturday  |   7pm  |  $35/40/45 For more than three and a half years the Byron Shire has had the privilege of experiencing the world class cabaret of La Soiree via Cheeky Cabaret. When Chris...


Byron rises to demand climate action

‘Because the science tells us that in fact emissions are rising,’ called out organiser Mia Thom to the unprecedented crowd at the Byron Bay Student Strike 4 Climate last Friday morning.


Community Engagement Officer

Len Bates, Mullumbimby Our council has made many attempts with strategies to involve the community in their decision-making process. But when it comes to the bottom line very few people actually get involved and often the same committed ones. The council...


A little Hairspray and diversity holds us all together

Just about everybody loves the musical Hairspray and last weekend a packed Byron Theatre saw the Bright Lights Performance School perform Hairspray Jr, a show that celebrates diversity and delivers a positive message with a sense of humour.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Mullum is the Bomb

There’s nothing like a bomb to put you on the map. We’re gonna have to change our sign from ‘Biggest Little Town in Australia’ to ‘Biggest Little Terrorist Threat in Australia.’


Photographers focus on Bruns icons

Twenty-six awesome photos were recognised in an award ceremony on Sunday as photographers in the annual Simple Pleasures Photo Competition waited to see who was the big winner.


Great action

Ri Fraser, Ocean Shores It was great to be at the massive Climate Action Strike in Byron, and especially gratifying that I didn’t have to avert my eyes from the disco bling. Thank you Council for removing it. So now,...


Cartoon of the week – 25 September 2019

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors. The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer...


Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...