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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

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

Creative carbon capture

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

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.

October 9, 2019

Issue 34.18

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In this Issue:

Redefining drug use

Have you ever enjoyed a beer or a glass of wine? While for some religious groups it is banned, and I respect their choice, I also expect my choice to enjoy a glass of red to be respected.


Which opportunity?

Rebecca McNaught, Ocean Shores It’s official. Op-shops are no longer opportunity shops – they are ‘opulent shops’. I can now pay more for a second hand Kmart t-shirt in a Byron Shire op-shop than a brand new t-shirt in Kmart....


Interview with Australian film-maker Josephine Mackeras

Alice Byron Bay International Film Festival  |  Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday 19 Oct  |  8pm Sometimes, when you really believe in something, nothing will stop you. For Australian film-maker Josephine Mackeras, who took out the SXSW Grand Jury Prize this...


Pesky pesticides

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry I have received a number of comments about the use of the term pesticide when raising concerns about ongoing spraying on rural roadsides despite statements in the Integrated Pest Management Strategy (the Strategy) that ‘no pesticides’...


Byron vacation care becomes a building site

Noise and dust pollution from concrete cutting, and truck movements from major works being carried out at the Byron Bay Public School have left parents concerned over the impact on the children at vacation care at the schoo


Very, very afraid

Matthew O’Reilly, President of the Community Alliance for Byron Shire Be afraid, be very afraid! Lock your doors and board up your windows – the Dark Greens are coming! The rumour mill in Byron seems to have been in overdrive lately. The latest...


No towers or 5G for Durrumbul say locals

The next 5G awareness event will be at Mullum Civic Hall, Saturday November 2.


Can you lend a hand over schoolies?

The HUB is once again getting into gear for schoolies. They need plenty of locals to volunteer to help ensure everyone stays safe on the streets of Byron.


Timor, West Papua and what he said they said

Duncan Dey, Mullumbimby Indonesia annexed East Timor in 1975, after Portugal abandoned its global colonies under a new (socialist) regime. East Timor campaigned for independence for 25 years and Indonesia ran a referendum on Timor Leste, late in 1999, to...


Nuisance shield laws to allow big agribusiness to avoid accountability

New laws targeting environmental and animal activists have been introduced to the NSW Parliament, but they contain a hidden sting for farmers and rural property owners with poorly-considered changes that will make it harder to protect their own properties.


New CSG enquiry – NSW government dropped the ball

Back in 2013 the state government led by Barry O’Farrell commissioned the chief scientist, professor Mary O’Kane, to conduct a comprehensive review of CSG-related activities, focusing on the human health and environmental impacts of unconventional gas.


Interview with Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen Mullumbimby Civic Hall  |  Saturday  |  7pm  |  $50/35/20  British blues pianist and composer Jon Cleary has worked with rock, blues, and soul artists like Bonnie Raitt, D’Angelo, Maria Muldaur, Taj Mahal, and Eric Clapton. Originally a...


Extinction worry

Vyvyan Stott, Federal Many are worried about extinction. But how do we stop 7 billion humans beings ruining the planet? Ironically, as we near the edge of the apocalyptic precipice the western world is speedily abandoning the remains of its...


Mitchell’s snail

David Gilet, Byron Bay The way things seem to be heading, it might be a good idea for someone to start a captive breeding program for the Mitchell’s rainforest snail. Might be a good idea, bypass or no.


Cinema: Ride Like a Girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaJhEeAtCnU Ride Like a Girl is an Australian biographical drama following the story of Michelle Payne - the first ever female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. History was made in 2015 as Payne crossed the finish line with 100-1...


Rethinking drug policy key to helping people

There has been a lot of debate about the issue of drugs and pill testing in recent months with many believing that the laws should be changed.


Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the Week Beginning...

Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the Week Beginning October 10, 2019


Byron at Byron

Jan Barham, Broken Head The sale of the Byron at Byron resort will see Lyn and John Parche leaving the management role. They set high standards, delivering five-star tourism and also supporting our community. After a legal case with the previous...



Sue McLeod, Myocum Stephen McIllhatton was right (Echo Sept 25). Like our current Federal government (debt crisis! Medevac!) we shouldn’t be so alarmist. I mean, ‘how good is Australia...?’ Just take the last decade: erratic weather patterns, intense rain events,...


The deputy mayor

Ron Curran, Ocean Shores Cr Sarah Ndiaye has been elected (rewarded with the position of) Deputy Mayor of Byron Shire. I am more than a little aghast. As Head of the Public Art Panel, she recently oversaw the expensive and...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 9...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 9 October, 2019


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Falling For You

For some reason, as we get older, falling over becomes shameful. It’s bloody embarrassing to fall over in public. It doesn’t matter how hurt you are, your femur could be protruding out your thigh, a small bit of brain could be dislodged, or an eye might have popped, but you’re like ‘nope – I’m good.’


Everyone’s asking ‘what to do?’ Well, how about this?

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby While I am inclined to agree with Charles MacFarland that nothing will be done about climate change until the brown stuff hits the circulating device in a big way (Echo, last week), he is too pessimistic about...


Will the government listen to the people?

Do you want the federal government to debate the climate crisis?


World Homelessness Day: how can you help?

It can be easy to dismiss those who most need our compassion, understanding and help – certainly our politicians are leading the wa


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...