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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

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Locavores out and about

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so is the barbeque… or picnic, at this...

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

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.


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...