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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

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

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.

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now....

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

December 4, 2019

Issue 34.26

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In this Issue:

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...


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...