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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.

Other News

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

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...

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

November 27, 2019

Issue 34.25

Download PDF (25MB) Jump to: Local News | Byron Shire Council Notices | Comment | Letters | Articles | Business Matters | Mullum on the Map | The Festive Season | Mullum Shop Local this Christmas | Kingscliff Focus | Home & Garden | 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:

Winners, losers, equality

Paul Moore, Suffolk Park How many losers around the world do you think are created when one person steps up onto the rostrum to accept a single gold medal? Multiply that by the number of gold medals given at a single...


Kollective DA in Sunrise rejected by residents

Developer Duncan Band from Kollective has again upset neighbours with his plans to demolish an established home and develop eight units on a small residential block at 6 Julian Rocks Drive, Byron Bay.


Chanting for charity Nov 30 in Mullum

A devotional group will be hosting an all day Chanting Festival as a fundraiser for the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre on November 30 from 8am ’til 9pm at St Martins Church Hall.


Water restrictions to be triggered sooner on North Coast

With fires, heatwaves and increased water consumption across the north coast up from last year, water utility Rous County Council are close to introducing Level 1 water restrictions across four local Shires, including Byron.


How to contribute to Rural Fire Service

The fire fighters from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) have been out in force over the last few months as fires have continued to destroy animal habitat, threaten homes and businesses and wreak havoc in people’s lives.


Vanishing cash?

Jay Carney, Mullumbimby Dear Woollies, please explain how anyone thought it was a good idea to replace the card/cash machines with card only ones? That person should be demoted. An everyday example of the chaos this has caused is where 15 people...


Peaceful nurse-in in Byron on Friday

Mums concerned about the government’s lack of climate change policy are coming together to take action this Friday November 29 from 10am, outside the Byron Library. Everyone is welcome to come and support them.


Don’t Give Up

Is it all too late? Is the end nigh? Has the fat lady sung? Is the human race run? If so, how should we live?


What’s the agenda of Byron Shire Council for Thursday November 28?

Councillors and staff will assemble today November 28 to debate and vote on a 712-page agenda.


Land acquisition still to be finalised over Byron bypass project

Despite signed contracts, works commencing, and then halting on the Byron bypass project owing to a vulnerable snail in its path, it has emerged Council staff are yet to finalise land acquisition for the project.


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 28 November...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 28 November 2019


Water buy back

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby One two-year-old beef steer weighs around 544kg. About 47 per cent is used for human consumption. One steer needs 45 litres of water per day which is around 32,850 litres over a two year period. Therefore to produce 1kg...


Interview with DJ Morgs, Thundamentals

Thundemantal Falls Festival  |  31 Dec–2 Jan Ten years deep into their career, Thundamentals’ reputation is undeniable. In 2008 they released their debut self-titled EP and in 2012, a landmark, Triple J, Like A Version of Matt Corby’s Brother. In 2017...


The kids are alright…

Teenagers get a bad rap in the media – self-absorbed, argumentative, lazy, withdrawn, social media obsessed, irresponsible – but I’m here to tell you, as a young person, that the kids are alright.


‘Room for more water carters’

Water utility Rous County Council says they are doing everything they can to help rural residents with access to water cartage as drought continues to impact the region.


Schoolies welcomed in Byron

The number of teens coming to Byron for schoolies week appears to have increased this year but they have generally been well behaved, the organiser of the Apex Park schoolies Hub says.


Juxtaposition extraordinaire

Ian Blair Hamilton, Byron Bay Only in The Echo’s Letters to the Editor! One from Sapoty Brook with a tongue in cheek forecast of a dystopian future after climate change, followed by one from Jane McLean bemoaning a ‘woeful loss’ of baked...


History of genocide

Oksana Waterfall, Mullumbimby The Dustyesky Choir sang at the Mullum Music Festival, in front of a hammer and sickle backdrop. As a Ukrainian Australian, I find this extremely distressing. The Soviet regime accounted for the deaths of over 6 million Ukrainians, through...



David Gilet, Byron Bay As they constantly fill up with flammable material surely it is time to consider building houses without roof guttering and replace gutters with drains dug under the drip line. Admittedly this makes the collection of water by...


Cinema: Judy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98t7aXRaA6w Judy is the story of legendary film actress and singer, Judy Garland. The movie is set when Judy (Renee Zellweger) arrives in London to perform shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. This is 1969, thirty years after...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 27...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 27 November 2019


Working longer

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay The Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, announced recently that the over 60s may need to retrain so they can keep working to 70 and beyond. A noble sentiment that, unfortunately, is completely devoid of any workable reality. Especially...


Interview with DJ Dale Stephen

Curious: DJs: Scott Pullen, James Scott, Dale Stephen and Lord Sut Billinudgel Hotel  |  Saturday 7 December  |  All profits to NSW Rural Fire Service The good people at Cunning Stunts know how to throw a party. And this time they’re doing it...


Beach Hotel

Bruce Tindale, Ballina Ah knew Beach Hotel when it were nuthin’ but tin shed. Try telling that to young people these days. They wouldn’t believe you.


Slow down for ducks

Rebecca Ingram, Wilsons Creek I am so sick of begging cars to stop and wait for the ducks to cross the road at the Mullum Golf Course and surrounds. In fact some even speed up. I don’t get it. I...


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...