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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

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or...

Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire...

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.

Endangered market

Marie Sherd Mullumbimby We’re in danger of losing the charming monthly Mullum Market. Please don’t let this happen. It’s such a...

GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

Lismore marks Invasion/Survival Day

Hundreds of First Nations people and supporters gathered at Lismore Environment Centre this morning to mark Invasion/Survival Day.

December 18, 2019

Issue 34.28

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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


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...