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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

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

‘Seven and a bit’ stone

Stone & Wood are thrilled to announce the return of Festival of the Stone to their Byron-based Brewery, Saturday...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Ageism alive and well

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

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

Any questions?

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

December 18, 2019

Issue 34.28

Download PDF (33MB) Jump to: Local News | Byron Shire Council Notices | Comment | Letters | Articles | Spirit of Brunswick Heads | Bangalow Perspective | Mullum Shop Local | The Good Life | Good Taste | Feasting Season | Festive Season | Seven | Live Music | New Years Eve | Bluesfest | Culture | Stars | Cinema | Gig Guide | Festive Season (continued) | Climate Crisis Update | Echo Property | Service Directory | Classifieds | Community at Work | Sport | Backlash

In this Issue:

Interview with Austen Tayshus

2020 Vision with Mandy Nolan & Austen Tayshus Monday, 6 Jan – Byron Services Club  |  Wednesday, 8 Jan – The Regent Theatre, Murwillumbah  |  Thursday, 9 Jan – Evans Head RSL  |  Friday, 10 Jan – The Saraton Theatre, Grafton  |  Sunday, 12...


When the FU vote wins every election, what is to be...

Last Thursday 29 per cent of Brits voted Conservative, 22 per cent Labour, 8 per cent Liberal-Democrats, 2.6 per cent Scottish National, 1.8 per cent Greens, and 1.3 Brexit – and 33 per cent of didn’t vote for anyone.


Interview with Mike Love

Mike Love and The Full Circle Mullumbimby Civic Hall  |  Friday, 28 December  |  7pm  |  $20–35 With more than 20 million hits on YouTube for his track Permanent Holiday Hawaii’s renowned reggae artist, Mike Love, returns with his full 6...


Choosing my time to die a dignified death

A 90-year-old Ballina woman, who does not qualify for either Victoria’s or the new Western Australian Voluntary Assisted Dying laws, left for Switzerland to fulfil her wish to die with dignity and on her own terms.


Bypass cost breakdown update

Further to last week’s report on the Byron bypass budget, Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Phil Holloway has provided further answers to questions.


Mullumbimby blueprint approved

Byron Council’s blueprint for the future of Mullumbimby, including a significant increase in housing, is a step closer to becoming reality, after councillors unanimously endorsed the Mullumbimby Masterplan last week.


Cinema: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qn_spdM5Zg   With much anticipation, the Star Wars saga is sadly reaching its inevitable end. Rise of Skywalker is hitting cinemas on 19 December with tickets to midnight screenings booked out worldwide. After mixed responses to the last film, JJ Abrams...


Interview with DJ Pob

2020 Vision NYD Byron Bay Billinudgel Hotel  |  Wednesday, 1 Jan  |  1pm–11pm  |  $38 POB’S an old club-head who’s been hanging out behind the decks for over two decades and he still totally loves it… he gets his kicks dancing...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the week beginning ...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 18 December, 2019


Bruns celebrates customer service

The Brunswick Heads Customer Service Awards were held on Tuesday night at the Hotel Brunswick.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Claiming our Creative Minds

We don’t value creativity. Our school system has generally always favoured the STEM streams. It loves uniformity. It loves data that can be neatly measured. It loves absolutes. There are no absolutes in the creative process... We need to plant more seeds. You never know what will grow. Maybe even a bread tree.


Cartoon of the week – 18 December 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...


Championship Fours decided at Byron Bay Bowling Club

Mark Barry, Craig Johnson, Mark Brown and Paul Clark took the honours at the Byron Bay Bowling Club’s Fours Championship last week. It was a tight game with only one shot in it with four ends to play. The final result was 21-15.


Focus on safety at freediving sessions in Mullumbimby

Harry Webber is a qualified freedive instructor who is hoping to promote the sport as well as boost safety skills with his regular how-to sessions held at Mullumbimby pool.


Locals head to the Australian Juniors as Jaws gets big

Some of our local junior surfers had the honour of representing NSW at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles held in solid surf at Margaret River Main Break Western Australia.


Byron Bay triathletes keep top place in North Coast series

The Byron Breakers have kept their position at the top of the ladder of the North Coast Interclub Triathlon Series after some stunning victories at round two, held at Yamba the weekend before last.


To the Pole of Inaccessibility

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a selfie at the Antarctic Pole of Inaccessibility, you’ll know it’s a big dream. It is far more remote and difficult to reach than the geographic South Pole, because it is the point...


Get in the club at Società

By Vivienne Pearson Even though it’s his first time featuring in the hallowed pages of The Echo, it all feels surprisingly familiar to Lenny Ransome. His mother, Carol, was a journalist for the paper back in the day. ‘The Echo...


Sustainability in beer brewing: Stone & Wood

By S Haslam With climate change causing our country to become drier, China refusing to accept our ‘recycling’ and customers looking for more ‘sustainable’ products, the role of Sustainability Officer in a business is an important one. Not only are...


Thus Spake Mungo: bubbles

And so ScoMo’s annus miraculous staggers to an end, with the promise that the next one will be the year of delivery, the one that produces the outcomes which will make all the dithering, procrastination and avoidance of issues all worthwhile.


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 19 December,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 19 December, 2019


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...