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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.

Other News

Byron Shire award winners

Natural Death Care Centre founder and V-Day event co-organiser, Zenith Virago, is the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year. 

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...

Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

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...

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

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.

October 16, 2019

Issue 34.19

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In this Issue:

Costly healthcare

Privatisation of the healthcare system in Australia has reduced the health of all Australians and increased the cost of healthcare for the government and taxpayers.


Oh what to do?

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale I’m glad that Matthew Lambourne picked up on one of my pessimistic statements about what to do about climate change. I wanted to promote practical discussions, instead of emotional outbreaks, and his article does this very well, discussing...


The indigenous vote

K Lavender, Lennox Head The article Time to move on the Uluru Statement (August 28, page one) gave inaccurate information in its first paragraph. It stated that ‘Australia voted on the referendum to give Indigenous Australians the vote.’ It is...


ScoMo and the mob

Ronald Wolff, Ocean Shores Whingeing about ScoMo, Peter Dutton and the rest of the Mob fails to address the underlying problem. The Australian public generally is (1) uninformed, by choice (all politicians are crooks, politics don’t matter); (2) brainwashed by...


Thanks Greta

John York , Goonengerry Thank you Greta Thunberg! International world champion taking platinum, gold, silver and titanium in the eco-environmental Olympics with genuine commitment and heartfelt passion. As for the current US president, (obviously an AH) who seems to suffer from...


The shark situation

David Gilet, Byron Bay During a previous discussion of the shark situation I suggested that a series of radar equipped buoys be distributed along the coastline. The radar could be connected to a computer species recognition program not a difficult...


Celebrating saving Byron’s Paterson Hill

These days the hilltops on Paterson Street in Byron Bay are a place for quiet reflection and enjoying sunsets. Not so 20 years ago, when the area was about to be carved up for an exclusive housing estate!


Put the ‘op’ in shops

L Andrews, Lennox Head Rebecca McNaught says op-shops are ‘opulent shops’ because they charge more than Kmart for a t-shirt. How can she expect op-shop prices to compete with Kmart? While they may be charity based organisations op-shops still have...


So much tape

Darren Hiller Smith, Mullumbimby I’m in awe of how bureaucracy irritates so many disparate groups, so harmoniously, such clever design. The PR always exudes the green progressive willingness to ‘find’ common ground, but in reality just turns out more red...


New campaign demands ‘Solar for All’ Australians

More than one-third of Australians are locked out of access to clean energy from the sun because they rent, live in apartments, have unsuitable rooftops, or cannot afford the upfront cost of solar panels.


Byron bypass referred to DoEE: 40 endangered snails found

The Byron Shire Council (BSC) has now officially referred itself to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) over the presence of the critically endangered Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail, and possibly other species, present on the proposed Byron bypass route.


Interview with Andy Jans-Brown

Hell is Light Pighouse Flicks |  Thursday 17 October Andy Jans-Brown had a script. He wrote some music, did a couple of public readings and people seemed to laugh and cry in the right places – he had an overwhelming sense that...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week beginning 17 October,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week beginning 17 October, 2019


The Chief Executive responds on the BCH story

Wayne Jones – Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District I’m writing in regard to the article online and in print on 9 October which concerns the Byron Central Hospital. This article only serves to undermine the great work our...


BBFF screens film veiled in secrecy for the sake of safety

A film showing at this year’s Byron Bay Film Festival is so sensitive that its name has had to be kept secret, its maker anonymous and even the country it is set in unnamed.


Get questions about 5G and those towers answered

Non-ionising electromagnetic radiation otherwise known as EMR has had plenty of people making all sorts of wild claims, but if you would like to actually get an expert’s opinion on the possible dangers, or not, of EMR then this Saturday is your chance.


Whose business is the alleged fraud at Byron Central Hospital?

MJ Crompton – B.H.Sci (Nsg), GradDip Gerontology, Mullumbimby Eve Jeffery’s article (The Echo, October 9) on the allegations of misuses of large amounts of public funds, over many years, and the other questionable nursing management practices at Byron Central Hospital...


Going with the flow

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The Flow Path Project being proposed by Water and Recycling (W&R) needs a lot more explanation by W&R and the director of infrastructure who oversees the management of W&R. The agreement and strategy agreed to by...


Cinema: Joker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t433PEQGErc Directed by Todd Phillips and based on the DC Comics villain, Joker is a stand alone film that follows the dark descent of Arthur Fleck into the Joker. Arthur (Joaquin Phoenix) lives with his mother in Gotham City, working...


Slow down, chill us

Pam Dean, Coorabell Well here we are, all very worried and concerned about the heating of our planet, clearing of trees, pollution, CSG, coal mining etc We could maybe help, with a solution – we could all put ourselves to the...


Interview with Katchafire

Katchafire Hotel Great Northern  |  8pm  |  Thursday, October 17  | $40.30 New Zealand’s Katchafire are bringing their pacific-roots reggae deliciousness back to Australia with their Fyah Up 2019 Tour. Katchafire have been spreading their love around the world for 21...


Are more police the answer – if so, what is the...

Last week a group of NSW ALP figures including the Labor leader Jodi McKay and Federal MP for Richmond, Justine Elliot, launched a petition calling for more police on the Far North Coast, citing rapid population growth and a ‘policing and crime crisis’ along with drugs issues.


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 16...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 16 October, 2019


Mullum Masterplan draws flak

The draft Mullumbimby Masterplan (MMP) has just been released and community members have already raised concerns. While there is much to applaud in the plan, there are questions about flooding and the plan’s guidance group.


Clear as, ScoMo

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores The Prime Minister’s latest climate denial obfuscation to the Lowe Institute takes aim at the UN, which he refers to as an ‘unaccountable  internationalist bureaucracy’. A complete disgrace. We are in uncharted waters and we don’t need...


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...