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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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When the endless summer turns sour

Ben Mallinson was paddling for a routine right-breaking wave at The Pass when the dark-haired surfer suddenly cut across in front of him from the outside.

Time to transition

Geraldine Crumpton, Fernleigh  I couldn’t agree more with Phillip Fraser’s article, that it really is time for Byron Shire to...

A Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme is needed

This will be the year of the jab. And in from Byron Shire, that poses some interesting questions.

Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

‘Angwirri’ greets the dawn upon Sydney icon

‘Angwirri’, meaning 'begin to talk', is the name of a sensational piece of Indigenous art that greeted the dawn on the sails of the Sydney Opera House this morning.

Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 2021

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October 2, 2019

Issue 34.17

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In this Issue:

Byron on the move

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm It’s time we started planning the relocation of Byron Bay. Fifty years should be enough to complete the move to Myocum Bay. In 2070 we can begin the next step to Main Arm Bay. I’ve got...


Interview with Jack Carty

Mullum Music Festival 14–17 November 2019 Critically acclaimed Australian songwriter Jack Carty has just spent the last 10 weeks at home with his partner and their new 9 week old baby. After living life on the road, being in ‘the love...


Seeds are the real currency in the 21st century

Seeds are a gift of nature, as well as a gift from countless generations that have come before us. Our ancestors have saved, modified and cultivated seeds, from all countries and cultures, since the beginning of agriculture 10,000 years ago.


Cool the Earth down

Theorist, Jack Ocholoose, Byron Bay Global warming is no secret. The question is what will you do to cool the Earth down? Coal has absorbed the frictional heat that the Earth creates in its rotation as well as a portion of...


Honouring those who fell – Lest We Forget

Last Saturday was the 102nd anniversary of the death of Private Patrick Bugden. Budgen was killed in action in the battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium so it was only fitting that the date was chosen to unveil a bronze bust modelled on his likeness as a representation of all of the young men who died overseas at the hand of war.



Paul Brecht, Evans Head Does anyone know the water authorities are poisoning all the public water supplies that have been fluoridated. No? Then read on: I know Byron Shire refused to have fluoride in its water supply. But what else is...


Byron Live – one part crazy and 99 parts chaotic

From penis painters to sword swallowing Guinness World Record holders there is going to be no shortage of laughs and inspiring ideas at the first of Byron Shire’s only live talk show – Byron Live.


Get ready for the Byron Lighthouse Fun Run

Been thinking of visiting the lighthouse in Byron recently? Well now is the time to register for the 13th Byron Lighthouse Fun Run for charity that is taking place on Sunday October 20


Sustainable tourism? Preserving ecological diversity and sense of place

At Destination Byron’s recent Sustainability in Tourism event, held at the Byron Community Centre, a large audience listened to representatives from Council and the founder and CEO of EarthCheck, Stewart Moore, explore the possibilities of a sustainable future for tourism in our region


What Sarah thinks about being the deputy mayor

In recent weeks across new South Wales, local councils have been electing the person who will be deputy mayor leading up to the next election – all 128 local councils in NSW will hold general elections on 12 September 2020.


Interview with Paul McDermott & Gatesy

Paul McDermott & Gatesy Brunswick Picture House  |  Saturday 19 October  |  $40 When two blokes from Australia’s most loved comedy threesome team up, shit is going to happen. Paul McDermott from Doug Anthony Allstars and Steven Gates, aka Gatesy, from Tripod...


Editorial: Profits of doom

Yet another IPCC report has come out on the dire circumstances of the planet from human burning of fossil fuels, this time with a particular focus on our oceans. As Rolling Stone put it ‘UN Climate Report: Oceans Also F-cked’


Back to the garden

Les Shotton, Byron Bay I came upon a child of God, walking along the road, protesting about the change in climate. Kindness is intelligent and intelligence is kindness that sees life as one: that weeps, with species extinction, observes the fading...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning October 3,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning October 3, 2019


Maddy’s a winner for wildlife

A year 6 student from Bangalow Public school has been getting up to award-winning extracurricular activities and making life better for koalas and humans.


I should be kicking back on my meds

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Little Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg put on a memorable performance at the United Nations climate event last week and I hope someone does a T-shirt or a bumper sticker of her angry face with the words ‘how...


Make love – but not babies

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby A modest proposal for Extinction Rebellion: make love – but not babies. Extinction Rebellion’s concern for our extinction is misplaced. We are the most widespread, numerous and ravenous mammal on earth, almost eight billion. The UN forecasts...


Run out of patience

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar Global Climate Strike 20 September, was spearheaded by students determined to highlight the urgent need for concrete political action to halt the rising trajectory of CO2 levels rising further. Australia, as the largest per capita emitter of CO2,continues...


We need better governance

Lester Prowse, Huonbrook Of all the things that the governments of Australia (federal, state and local) need to address, what we are actually doing beggars belief! Locally, the council is blowing smoke up Mullum’s arse again by building a bypass...


Highlighting solar

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale Council just put a solar roof over 40 car spaces, and good on them, but it highlights the limitations of solar. The roof generates about 0.1 megawatts, at a cost of $380,000. We would need 10,000 such...


Interview with Award-winning director and actor Kate Foster

Bangalow Theatre Company: Calamity Jane Bangalow A&I Hall  |  October 17–26 Award-winning director and actor Kate Foster talks to Mandy Nolan about Bangalow Theatre Company’s gritty reinvention of the Hollywood classic Calamity Jane. ‘Comedy is a powerful weapon that fires right to...


Cinema: Working Woman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72mPcb_nLq0 After first premiering at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), critics and fans had nothing but praise for this film. Now, following a successful run at the MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) 2019, Working Woman will be in cinemas...


Our kids’ future

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby The Prime Minister wants our children to ‘feel positive about their future’, while he fails to act on climate change, the biggest threat to that future, and rubbishes those who try to draw attention to that failure....


Music in the Byron Shire for the Week beginning October 12,...

Music in the Byron Shire for the Week beginning October 12, 2019


The best things in life aren’t things

John Boyle, Mullumbimby While all those folks who marched and protested for action on climate change should be applauded, we need to stop, consider and mount more and larger protests against the cause of climate chaos. Rampant consumer capitalism, ‘Casino’ capitalism,...


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...