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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

Interview with Laura Bloom

Writer Laura Bloom has just released The Women and The Girls her latest novel with Allen & Unwin. Set in the inner west of Sydney in the mid ‘70s the book details the story of three women who have left their husbands, taken their children (mainly girls) and set up a share house.

New look and feel for Echonetdaily readers

Every old Echonetdaily is renewed again – the face of our online presence has had a lift as we...

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

October 23, 2019

Issue 34.20

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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


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...