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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

Why Pat Morton?

Ballina's Cr Jeff Johnson is raising a motion to re-name culturally significant local sites at today's council meeting.

Response to ‘A short history of our rail corridor debate’

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry The article A short history of our rail corridor debate is better termed a history of the...

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...

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day...

Suffolk Park gardeners angry over Council’s double standard

Gardeners at the Suffolk Park Community Garden say they’ve been trapped in a procedural Catch-22 by Byron Shire Council, after it gave the green light to an expanded pump track (BMX track).

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

November 6, 2019

Issue 34.22

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In this Issue:

Ask no questions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Only a few weeks ago I had to admit to myself that Simon Richardson has a warm, gentle and solicitous side to his nature that comes out especially when he has to deal with an aged or...


Railway heritage amiss

Garrett Fitzgerald, Ocean Shores On Saturday the 2nd of November I was priviliged to attend the reopening of Railway Park Byron Bay. Railway Park was originally created to service the railway: people waiting for passengers, passengers waiting to begin their journey or...


Careful careful

Jo Faith, Sunrise Beach Byron We must all be very careful! A new method of social control and manufacturing political social compliance is being assessed by the Morrison government. We have the ‘polite’ quiet voters. Those tucked away ‘quiet’ communities...


Plans for the future of Byron Bay’s town centre

What will Byron Bay look like in the future? How will the town be shaped, grow, change and develop?


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 7 November,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 7 November, 2019


Interview with Montaigne

Montaigne Falls Festival  |  30 Dec–1 Jan Sydney musician Montaigne, aka Jess Cerro, is Complex. It’s the title of her impressive second album – an album in which she digs deep into her inner monologue through songs that deal with: an...


Editorial: Protect our main asset

The current mantra from many in the community is that, owing to a lack of strategic planning, we have a housing crisis, we don’t have affordable homes for our kids, and therefore we need to build more houses. But is that really the case?


Are residents at risk at Feros nursing home in Bangalow?

Understaffing at the Feros Care nursing home in Bangalow has become so bad that the care and safety of residents is regularly being neglected, according to staff and people who have had loved ones living in the home.


Frantic carers

Name withheld Staffing levels are too low at Bangalow Feros Care facility, especially as it is a high care home with 65 beds. As a previous employee of five years at Feros Bangalow I know that each one of these...


That’s a bad thing?

Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbimby The Echo, 23 October has yet another article by a rave ‘festival’ corporation’s spokesman, threatening to leave our state. We will have to live without prolonged hideous thumping, local and home phone services disruption, temporary 5G microwave...


Bay FM wins two national awards at CBAA ceremony

Byron’s only community radio station, Bay FM, will need a bigger trophy cabinet soon – the regional station has picked up another two national awards and chances are you helped


RDA’s Bosco off to the Ballina High formal

Riding for the Disabled Ballina and District Branch has had an unusual request from a rider who’s been in the saddle for 13 years.


Interview with Lucie Thorne

Mullum Music Festival  |  14–17 Nov Lucie Thorne has made an extraordinary new concept album. Kitty & Frank traces the wild true stories of young frontier woman Kitty Walsh and her lover, the charismatic bandit and bushranger, Frank Gardiner. The...


Replying to Geoff

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Bensley’s letter The Echo, 4 Sept – Considering his take on the fake Byron bypass through Butler Street; you said it Geoff, there will be a sigh, but no relief during the summer months when...


Shake it up for kids with cancer in Bangalow

It’s hard to be ill but it’s heartbreaking when you have a child who is ill, and parents and families need help.


ABC Friends warn of future threats

Professor Ed Davis, National Vice President ABC Friends says that while the ABC is a national treasure, highly regarded and highly trusted, it remains under serious threat.


Cinema: Terminator- Dark Fate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCyEX6u-Yhs Directed by Tim Miller and starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mackenzie Davis, Terminator: Dark Fate has stirred mixed reviews amongst critics – most of them negative. The movie follows Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and the ‘augmented’ human, Grace (Davis),...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week beginning 6...

Winston Surfshirt Beach Hotel  |  Friday 15 November Sydney-based funk, soul and R&B act Winston Surfshirt have released Apple Crumble the second full-length release, following on from their applauded 2017 debut, Sponge Cake. The hit album bound together brass, hip-hop sensibilities...


Bob’s story

Bob Maughan, Byron Bay My name is Bob Maughan and this is my story. I am refusing to pay my rates whilst living in the ghetto. Drug addicts fighting in the early hours bringing police and the ranger. Homeless people using...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Vegan Xmas

This year I’m going to attempt a Vegan Christmas. Maybe I’ll stuff an eggplant with…eggplant. A bowl of nuts and a green salad and you have a vegan Jesus situation.


Cartoon of the week – 6 November 2019

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors. The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer...


Chilli steps up to make it four in a row at...

For the fourth year in a row Chilli Harel has won a gold medal at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan Pacific Championship held in Melbourne two weekends ago. 


Mikey rides high and wins WSL tournamnet in big WA waves

Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh has won his first ever WSL QS event, the Cape Naturaliste Pro, when he mastered the powerful surf of Yallingup in Western Australia.


Scores locked in top-of-the-table SYL encounter

Byron Bay FC remains undefeated in the Summer Youth League after a tight 1–1 draw against South Lismore in their top-of-the-table clash last week.


Mullum’s Marielou comes second in state tennis championship

Marielou Baudouin from the Mullumbimby Tennis Club made it into the U/12 girls final of the NSW Junior Closed Championships held in Sydney two weeks ago.


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...