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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

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Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

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

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

October 23, 2019

Issue 34.20

Download PDF (20MB) Jump to: Local News | Byron Shire Council Notices | Comment | Letters | Articles | Let's Celebrate | Kingscliff in Focus | Mullum on the Map | The Good Life | Good Taste | Echo Property | Seven | Live Music | Culture | Stars | Cinema | Gig Guide | Service Directory | Classifieds | Community at Work | Sport | Backlash

In this Issue:

GHD and Council

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket In response to Victorian resident Tom Tabart; when we passed the anti-Adani motion we made a compromise that we would not cost this community unnecessarily by cancelling existing contracts, which would have become very expensive....


Dog eat dog

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores Never thought I would agree with an American politician, but the Governor of California has said that it’s not just climate change that’s a problem, it’s DOG EAT DOG CAPITALISM, combined with climate change, which will...


Daunting? But wait…

Matthew Lambourne , Mullumbimby Charles MacFarland really likes his pessimistic statements (Letters, Oct 16), and quotes figures that sound daunting, but seems to forget a couple of things. Firstly, things like solar power plants, batteries and pumped hydro schemes would...


Your ostrich?

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Replying to Paul Spooner’s letter (The Echo 4.9.19 ) concerning his take on what he calls ‘ostrich politics’; it made me laugh and write this. Paul, I don’t consider myself an ostrich after 30 years of...


Agreeing with John

Lindy Stacker, Binna Burra In reference to the letter ‘Thanks Greta’ (from John York, Goonengerry), I totally agree with John, on 95% of his sensible and enlightened comments – except the last sentence in relation to eating our ‘protected wildlife’....


A day in the life…

David Gilet, Byron Bay Not so long ago on the way to a doctor’s appointment in Bangalow my Community Transport driver and I passed a work crew repairing potholes in the road. When we returned, about an hour later, we...


It’s all ok

Sue Read, Myocum Rebecca McNaught – despair not! Simply carpool a bunch of bargain hunters and head to the Tweed Palliative Support op shop in Murwulillumbah, run by feisty 85-year-old Edna Gorton OAM. Most of our clothing is only one...


Open up your heart and help where the government has failed

Josie was born with a rare and debilitating genetic disorder called GAN (Giant axonal neuropathy), which attacks the neural pathways in the brain and spine. It wasn’t a choice, it was the life she was born into.


Council in vogue

Malcolm Price, Durrumbul It has been fashionable to tear down our local council for as long as I can remember, it is a blood sport, as if either those who represent us or the staff have no relation to us...


Native Title

Cleis Pearce, Suffolk Park I ask, in honour of Native Title, and in recognition of Arakwal people of the Shire of Byron, and with consultation and respect of their wishes, and knowledge that the original names given to places in...


Interview with Musician Juzzie Smith

That Juzzie Man Mullum Music Festival  |  14-17 Nov Byron Bay based musician Juzzie Smith first moved here to study music at Lismore Uni when he was 18 years old and he’s been calling this area home ever since. A troubadour,...


GHD and Michael and Adani

Tom Tabart, Drysdale For some decades governments of all levels and political stripes have been outsourcing what were legitimate public service responsibilities to private consultants. This gives them a temporary budget blip, but more importantly, becomes a great quid pro quo...


Going with the flow

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The Echo published my letter to the editor go with the flow – I need to correct the figure given as the cost for the work done on sewer pump station 4001 in Stuart Street Mullumbimby...


The BCH allegations

M. J Crompton, BHSci.(nsg), Grad Dip Gerontology – Mullumbimby Re The ongoing allegations of fraud by senior staff at Byron central. It seems there are contradictory interpretations of NSWDH policy. Mr Jones is still maintaining that ‘investigations into misconduct are...


It’s Fairtastic time again in Bruns

Get your Halloween colours on and get down to Fairtastic at Brunswick Heads Public School.


Buck$ on the bypass

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Apparently Simon Richardson has been complaining around the traps that those opposing the bypass on ecological grounds shouldn’t have left it so late to raise their concerns, such that construction delays are now costing ratepayers money. I’m not...


Purpose of school

Jason van Tol, Myocum Sue McLeod’s letter (Echo 9/10) in response to Stephen McIllhatton’s (Echo 25/9) is a list of symptoms, the cause of which she doesn’t acknowledge, but which Stephen mentioned in part. That cause is the growth of...


Mental Health

Geoff Gillespie, Byron Bay As it is Mental Health month, I write this understanding the dilemma many people suffer, as I do fall into this category. However, due to some miraculous intervention, unbeknownst to me, I’ve suddenly gained the ability...


GHD, the Byron bypass, and costly FOIs

Byron Shire Council (BSC) have responded to concerns over the use of GHD as the contractors working on Byron Shire Council’s referral to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE).


Interview with Helena Rathbone, Principal Violin and founding Director of ACO...

Meet the ACO Lismore City Hall | Friday  |  7.30pm  |  $25-59 The ACO is renowned for embracing celebrated classics alongside new commissions, and Serenades for Strings is no exception. A romantic program of the finest classical music from Beethoven to...


What does the Northern Rivers’ water future look like?

According to our water supplier Rous County Council (RCC) we are only one dry summer away from water restrictions. As it is water week, and there are fires burning throughout the Northern Rivers, and there isn’t any rain in sight – it seems a good time to dwell on it a little.



Neil Matterson, Byron Bay Matt Doolan of Bega (Echo letters 16/10) complains about having to pay for parking in Byron and urges tourists to go south for a cheaper tourist experience. I trust his wish will be heard. When Bega...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning 24 October,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning 24 October, 2019


Reflections on Rappville

Wyan couple Tiger and Sharon Moth-Duncan have lost almost everything they owned.


The cost of bushfires

The fire season has started early this year and is running hot with thousands of acres being burnt. You don’t need to look further than the recent loss of lives, houses and animals


Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to accept the democratic vote at their...