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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

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

Byron Shire award winners

Natural Death Care Centre founder and V-Day event co-organiser, Zenith Virago, is the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year. 

A Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme is needed

This will be the year of the jab. And in from Byron Shire, that poses some interesting questions.

Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 2021

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.

January 26 – a conflicting day for Australians

January 26. A conflicting date for many Australians. For some, this date reflects over 200 years of destruction and denigration of our traditional customs, values, languages, and cultural landscapes.

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 27, 2019

Issue 34.25

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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...


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...