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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

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

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....

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Ageism alive and well

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

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’.

January 1, 2020

Issue 34.30

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In this Issue:

The big good things we got in the decade gone by

When Galileo said that the Earth went around the Sun, not the other way around, priests tortured him...


How big should the future economy be?

Anyone who has never studied economics would be excused for the common-sense belief that the economy cannot grow forever, but those who have been indoctrinated with an economics education know otherwise.


Re Frazer’s FU

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head I write in response to the article by Phillip Frazer, on 18/12/19, re:00 the FU vote. Perhaps I might be permitted to enlighten Mr Frazer on a couple of matters which appear to have escaped his peripheral...


Bravo Mandy!

Alison Nankivell, Suffolk Park Bravo on Nolan’s Soap Box last week - Why the world still hates women. I read it a day after my first Netflix binge (in a long time), having been recommended to watch the series Unbelievable –...


20/20 vision

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia – Byron Bay Here’s a terrific New Year’s resolution: let’s stop wasting food! The latest analysis from Rabobank shows that Australians now spend over ten billion dollars on food that ends up in...


Constantly amazed

Jo Faith, Newtown I am constantly amazed by the scope of stories The Echo prints. Never have I ever been moved so deeply since reading Mandy’s Nolan’s recent article on misogyny/women hating. Many contemporary women question the origins of the witch...


House fire protection

David Gilet, Byron Bay I must admit that my google search on mesh was a bit hasty and I assumed the mesh referred to was a type of gutter-guard rather than a whole roof covering and I apologise to David...


Below Bjelke-Peterson

David Morris, Byron Bay Increasingly, the statements that issue from certain Council spokespersons remind me of Queensland under the late Bjelke-Peterson dispensation. (‘We know what’s good for Queensland.’ etc.) Councillor Spooner’s dismissive allusion (letters 24/12/19) to ‘conspiracy theories’ demonstrates a disregard...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning Jan 1,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning Jan 1, 2020


Mr Barnaby

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby If you look at the world, you will find that the most populated parts are between mountain ranges and delta regions. An example would be India. They get three months of 24/7 rain in the wet season,...


Brunswick Heads woodchop turns 60!

The Bruns woodchop, held in Banner Park, celebrates 60 years in 2020. From January 15 to 18, there are 36 events for men, women and juniors in chopping, sawing, tree, relays and chainsaw competitions.


Farewell PFLAG Northern Rivers – it’s been real

After 21 years supporting families and friends of queer people, PFLAG-nr has called it quits.


Interview with Christabel Zamor presenting at the Starlight Festival of Healing

Starlight Festival Bangalow A&I Hall  |  Thursday–Sunday  |  $25 one day pass, Four day pass $60. Locals two-for-one days on 2 & 3 January. Christabel Zamor is an expert educator and a pioneer in ecstatic breath and movement. She has been...


Former mayor critical of access to Council information

Senior Council staff are defending their handling of a request for information relating to the Byron bypass project, after being accused of making up the process as they go.


Living in the Pyrocene

As one of many bushfire refugees in Australia and beyond this year, I was faced with that classic question – what do I take and what can be left behind?


Resting in peace

Sue Loane, Ocean Shores Further to Bronwyn Sindel’s letter about Resting Places, (The Echo 24/12/19). The ashes of our family’s late mum, dad and brother are in two large pot plants, (olive trees), on display as we go in our driveway. As...


Cartoon of the week – 1 January 2020

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...


Byron Council loses appeal over Marvell St development

A contentious large four-storey mixed-use building proposal at 4 Marvell Street, Byron Bay is likely to go ahead after Council lost its court appeal against developer Scott Emery.


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

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning Jan 1, 2020


Cinema: The Gentlemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B0RpUGss2c From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes The Gentlemen, a thrilling and sophisticated action comedy. The Gentlemen follows American ex-pat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word hits the street that Pearson...


Interview with Dave Hughes ‘Hughesy’

Dave Hughes 15–19 January  |  All shows 7pm, except Sunday 19 at 5pm  |  $30/35 Dave Hughes doesn’t have to perform stand up. He’s probably one of the busiest people in the business – on radio every morning, a TV personality...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Setting Son

You’d think that you’d get used to your kids leaving home. But you don’t. Every time one of them leaves it’s as heartbreaking as it was when the first one went.


Junior basketballers shine at regional championships

The Byron Bay Beez U/14 basketballers won division two of the NSW Country Championships held at Terrigal in June. The side went through all seven games of the tournament undefeated and beat heavyweights Illawarra on the way, as well as...


Mullumbimby Hockey Club celebrated 90 years

By Pauline East  The Mullumbimby Hockey Club hosted a very successful celebration of their 90th anniversary with around 100 people attending the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club for the party. Displays of each decade, with newspaper articles and photos were a popular talking...


Byron cricketers made it two premierships in a row

In April, the byron Cellars second grade cricketers won the Coastal League grandfinal against the minor premiers Lennox Head. Lennox Head were bundled out for 90 runs in the 28th over and the Byron side reeled-in the runs for the...


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...