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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

The light within emerges from the ashes

Massimiliano Guerrisi will never forget the sight of his Bega Valley home being devoured during the Black Summer bushfires.

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

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.

Lower the voting age

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was sad, yet heartening (somehow), to read last week’s article from Adel Pheloung, together with the...

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.

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...

December 24, 2019

Issue 34.29

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In this Issue:

Will Byron Shire achieve an ecologically sustainable future?

We are in a crucial time of species extinction and destruction of our natural environment.


Brain dissection for everyone

As I contemplated my seventy-fifth Christmas through the bottom of a glass, I realised that I still have no idea how my mind works. Or if it is ‘my’ mind. Or even if there is such a thing as ‘mind’


New boats for Brunswick SLSC

Brunswick SLSC took delivery of a new Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) to replace one of its three ageing boats. Built by Thundercat in the Gold Coast and painted by Signxtreme, it displays the logo of the donor.


Coorabell Hall latest community asset to go solar

A not-for-profit volunteer run organisation has just installed a 10kW solar system at Coorabell Hall.


When the river runs dry – civilisations have ended

A while ago my creek stopped running. Well, it’s not really my creek, any more than the inland waterways belong to the cotton irrigators, but it’s hard not to feel a bit proprietorial about a place you visit almost every day, year after year.


Interview with Kitty Flanagan

Kitty Flanagan Brunswick Picture House  |  Monday 6 & 13 Jan  |  7pm Kitty Flanagan is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable comics to listen to. She has this cutting comedic common sense and she’s not afraid to cut...


Interview with John Butler

John Butler Bluesfest  |  9-13 April For John Butler it’s been 20 years since he first stepped out on stage to use that quiet charisma and that sensational guitar work to bring an audience to their feet. What you see is...


Interview with Tsuyoshi Suzuki

2020 Vision Billinudgel Hotel  |  1pm –11pm  |  $38 Back in 1993 Tsuyoshi Suzuki landed in London, setting up the legendary trance label Matsuri Productions. His regular event, Return to the Source, was hugely successful and travelled the world. He produced...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 25 December,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 25 December, 2019


Vale tennis champ Margaret Fisher

Margaret Fisher, Byron Bay’s legendary world champion tennis player, has died.


Cinema: Knives Out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGqiHJTsRkQ Written and directed by Rian Johnson and filled with so many incredible actors, namely Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette; Knives Out is a good old fashioned who-done-it about the death of a patriarch of an eccentric...


After a decade, it’s last big lights at Ray’s place

Born and bred in the Bay, Ray Costigan moved to his home on Old Bangalow Road in 1980, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that his house and garden turned into a Christmas light extravaganza.


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 24...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 24 December, 2019


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why the World Still Hates Women

Apparently they stopped burning and hanging witches centuries ago, but sometimes, when I pick up a paper, or a story flashes across my newsfeed, or I get an abusive email, I wonder if they have really? Sometimes, I can still smell the pungent scent of burning women.


Former Australia coach signs with Byron Bay FC

Wilson is the Far North Coast’s first-ever female coach of a men’s premier division team. She will also continue in her role as a women’s football consultant for FIFA.


Clifford Street sprints for glory

In the early days it was easy for a half keen, half-cooked punter to take on several of the neighbourhood preschoolers and some of the more debilitated elderly residents to win a trophy. Not so much anymore as the numbers grow.


Big year for local surfers

2019 proved to be a year of change in the sport of surfing, with one of the biggest changes being the introduction of equal prize money for men and women by the WSL. 


Mullumbimby High U/14 XI narrowly lose final

The Mullumbimby High U/14 girl’s side lost the final of the T20 Lyn Larsen Shield on the second last ball of the day, after setting Grafton a total of 117. The Mullumbimby side batted first after travelling to Grafton, and...


Winners crowned at the Bangalow Summer 6s

The winners in the Bangalow Summer 6s football  have been decided after the competition played out its final games in the middle of December. A total of 72 senior teams battled across four grades for the men, and five for...


Breakfast hub keeps homeless fed this Christmas 

Every Wednesday at the Byron Bay Community Centre, a group of volunteers make a breakfast for rough sleepers. 


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...