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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

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.

Locavores out and about

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so is the barbeque… or picnic, at this...

‘Seven and a bit’ stone

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

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

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...

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.

January 22, 2020

Issue 34.33

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In this Issue:

Avoid climate change become vegan

Ingrid Newkirk, PETA Australia People are deeply upset about what’s going on in Australia: kangaroos trapped in barbed-wire fencing while fleeing fires, cows and sheep being cooked alive, and an estimated one and a quarter billion or more animals now killed...


Returning the swipe

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head In response to Lindy Stacker’s letter, taking a swipe (January 8), without the benefit of deep breathing and chamomile tea, I am pleased to learn that an Echo contributor (Phillip Frazer) is ‘an educated jurno with a...


Gains of war

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was in England in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. It was announced in the press in a couple of paragraphs on page three, reflecting the fact that 99 per cent of Britons had never heard...


Climate and Aboriginal Input

Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby The fires have spawned media discussion about the ecology, and the intimate relationships between all plants and trees. We have here the oldest culture on the planet, managing a stable environment for 30,000 years. A most notable...


Climate Assembly trip Feb 1

With the People’s Climate Assembly coinciding with the opening of Australian Parliament for 2020, Extinction Rebellion Northern Rivers is organising two buses to travel to Canberra to take part.


Judaism not Zionism

John Scrivener, Main Arm Zionist Israel and its Likud leadership are not synonymous with Jewish identity. Indeed some of the staunchest critics of the Zionist regime are themselves Jewish. The self-described Jewish state treats its own religious Jews more harshly than...


Time for extinction?

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores In some parts of the Sahara they only get about 12 to 13cm per year of rainfall but they have a lot of fog. A German experiment is going on where mesh vertical walls (like a heavy...


$1.3m in student scholarship funding for SAE

SAE Creative Media Institute has been awarded almost $1.4 million in Australian government funding to deliver 45 scholarships at its Byron Bay campus.


Theatre company welcomes NIDA teacher as director

The Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre Company is thrilled to announce actor/director and long-time NIDA teacher Liz Chance as their new artistic director. 


The next black gold? A lithium coup d’Etat

You’re all set to buy the latest iPhone or its Android equivalent, the last thing on your mind is the recent overthrow of Bolivia’s government. Why should it be?


Interview with Gretel Killeen

CWA presents Gretel Killeen Brew House Theatre, Byron Bay Brewery  |  Saturday 1 Feb  |  5pm and 7pm  |  Tix $30 Speak Up with Mandy Nolan & Gretel Killeen  |  Mullumbimby Ex-Services  |  Sunday 2 Feb, 9am–1pm  |  $150 Gretel Killeen has...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning January 23,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning January 23, 2020


Scottie from marketing

David Gilet, Byron Bay I really cannot believe Tina Petroff’s letter on last weeks Echonetdaily. Is she wearing both blinkers and rose coloured glasses at the same time? We all knew you were a conservative Tina, but by showing support for...


Land prices remain steady, says NSW Valuer General

Land values for the north coast region have generally remained steady since July 1, 2018, says NSW acting Deputy Valuer General Paul Chudleigh. However, some specific local areas have continued to increase.


Pothole capital

Nick Mills, Eureka Yay, I just paid an $824 bill for one broken wheel, no doubt a subliminal message from my car saying ‘enough’ of the treacherous Springvale Road, Eureka which is bursting with eager and helpful potholes. RMS statistics say...


Repeal tax cuts and support fire hit communities

Jeremiah O’Toole, Mullumbimby I believe that the Federal government should make available, immediately, $12 billion to be allocated as follows: 1) $2b to immediately properly equip rural and regional fire brigades and to fully compensate the volunteers at the same rate...


Byron Bypass gets the green light from Dept of Environment

The construction of the Byron Bypass could recommence within days after the Federal Environment Department gave the project a conditional green light last week.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKCj3XuPG8M Bad Boys for Life – Movie Review See the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life, the third film in the movie franchise, the first being released back in 1995 and the second in 2003. Mike...


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

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning January 23, 2020


Dear James

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby Thank you for supporting acknowledgement of climate change. Your father is all about bums on seats. An example of this is Sky News. He signs up living entities who have a large following. An example would be Paul...


Shower with a stranger…

Andrew Hall, Ocean Shores Back in the sixties the slogan was ‘save water, shower with a friend’. Now, in the drought-hit tourist town of Byron Bay, it should perhaps be ‘save water, shower with a stranger’.


Interview With James McMillan, Director of the Byron Surf Festival

Byron Bay Surf Festival Byron Brewery  |  14–16 Feb James McMillan is the Festival Director of the Byron Surf Festival. Now in its tenth year, the festival has paddled out to the Byron Brewery. The Echo spoke with James about what’s...


Kool-Aid conspiracy

Paul Jones, Butler Street Community Network Further to the Paul Spooner Kool-Aid conspiracy (letters December 24, 2019), I don’t think the said cordial can be so easily dismissed as untainted, as he might suggest. Paul himself did make an effort to overcome...


The price of profit…

Diane Hart, Mullumbimby In the same week when German company Siemens has approved its deal with Adani, I have just finished reading the heartbreaking memoir by my friends Freda Widawski and Adele Abraham which recounts the harrowing treatment of their Polish...


Hurry up SloMo

Eleanor Ashworth, Lennox Head With the tragic bush fire events and the unfolding ecological disaster I hope climate change deniers can finally lose the cuddly rug of denial and face up and stand up to the reality and consequences of anthropogenic...


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...