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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

Hand-picked beans make the best brew for Bangalow Coffee

Story & photo Melissa Butters Andy and Michelle have been serving up great coffee at farmers markets for 18 years....

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

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...

What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

December 4, 2019

Issue 34.26

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Music in the Byron Shire for the week beginning December 4,...

Music in the Byron Shire for the week beginning December 4, 2019


Not residents wasting water

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Australia The NSW government is introducing severe water checks on homes. Level Two restrictions will be enforced in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions from 10 December with potential fines for using hoses and sprinklers. People...


Cartoon collective

Liz Elliott, Mullumbimby Let’s start a drawing group to receive ideas from all the wordsmiths and idea generators! A group of drawing artists could send email addresses to myself, care of The Echo office, marked Cartoon Collective. We could all be...


Festival body search

David Kingsley, Suffolk Park Perhaps the festival organisers could provide free legal aid/advice at the entrance to their festivals to persons the police wish to search.



David Warren, Goonengerry In reply to David Gilet about gutters. Perhaps he should consider installing 2mm aperture gutter guard. Not only will it keep out leaves and sticks but provide a barrier for windborne active embers. It may let a bit...


Fans vs aircon

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby If you are thinking of getting air conditioning in your home, shop or office but are concerned by the energy use it might be worth looking at HVLS (high volume low speed) fans instead. The fans I have are...


Creating spaces for nature

With the closing of the Byron sewage treatment plant, people minimised their industrial presence. In these conditions, nature’s healing processes took over.



Jo Faith, Byron Bay Many thanks to The Echo and David Lovejoy’s article on ‘Life purpose and Activism’. Martin Luther King stated, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter’. A daily reminder on...


Digging deep

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I hope that the Greens get trashed at next years election such that they are caused to seriously reflect on their priorities, their candidate choices, and the system where utter nonentities get elected on the preferences of a...



Michele Grant, Brunswick Heads One of Byron Shire Council (BSC) Mayor Simon Richardson’s most memorable achievements will be his ability to completely miss the point. Replacing pro-active, independent, constantly evolving, community groups with a handpicked panel fed briefing notes by Council...


Kollective movement

Christina Peterson, Mullumbimby Those rallying against the Kollective development application (DA), should be aware that unless they reach out to a solicitor to fight the DA, it will go through council, as this group doesn’t take ‘No’ for an answer. Myself,...


Interview with Abel El Toro

2020 Vision New Years Day Billinudgel Hotel  |  1 Jan 1pm–11pm Abel El Toro has been synonymous with the electronic music scene from day one. The Sydney-born DJ, of Spanish origin, first came to our attention in the 90s when no...


Snail habitat loss not so bad says Byron Shire Councillor Lyon

Byron Shire (Green) Councillor Michael Lyon puts his position on why the destruction of the critically endangered Mitchelle's rainforest snail habitat isn't as bad as it sounds...


Remember the $25m election promise for roads?

Local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin is staying tight lipped on when Byron Shire can expect $25m in roads funding, as pledged prior to the March 2019 NSW election.


Tourism impacts prompt Broken Head Road changes

Council carparks at Broken Head look set to be closed for much of the summer owing to the risk of fires being started by tourists and illegal campers in the bushy area.


Mullum Chamber gets behind fire efforts

The Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce has remained active in raising funds for drought affected farmers in the Gwydir Shire, as well as raising money for local victims of the bushfires.


Fires: criminal negligence

Trevor J Pike, Bellingen On October 21, 2009 the Sydeny Morning Herald reported that the federal government and all east coast state governments rejected an offer from the Russian government to provide Ilyushin 76 Water Bombers to help fight catastrophic bushfires...


Don’t despair

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar These last few months should serve as a salient reminder of the unusual weather and events – mega bushfires, droughts, as a wake up call for tackling the unfolding climate emergencies. To argue otherwise is anthropogenic climate change...


Human rights abuse

Deborah Stacey, Ballina I understand how Oksana Waterfall feels about the Dustyesky Choir letter. But I do wonder if she recognises the ongoing genocide that is taking place in Australia today, with the continuous growth of incarceration (including 10 year old...


Police officer denied anonymity in youth assault case

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay nearly two years ago has lost his bid for anonymity in the case.


Local protester fought the law – and won

A local Extinction Rebellion (XR) protester has successfully challenged the criminal charge that resulted from her participation in the ‘Spring Rebellion’ campaign in Brisbane.


Cinema: The Good Liar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljKzFGpPHhw Two of the world’s legendary actors, Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, star on screen together for the first time in this suspenseful drama about secrets, lies, and deceit. The plot sees career con artist Roy Courtnay almost unable to believe...


Interview with Joachim Cooder

Joachim Cooder Bluesfest  |  9–14 April 2020 When your dad is Ry Cooder, you will have had a pretty cool childhood. Especially if music was your thing too. Indeed from the beginning, keyboardist, percussionist and drummer, Joachim Cooder rubbed shoulders with...


Politics of war

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby In regards to Godwin’s Law. Great quote by Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian General in Napoleonic era – ‘War is merely the continuation of politics by other means’.


Hope of youth

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby I’ve been involved in activism around political, environmental and social issues for decades, and have at times despaired at the apparent lack of interest in these issues by younger generations. The activism of Greta Thunberg, the school climate strikers...


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...