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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

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...

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

Conspiratorial breaths

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

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

A short history of our rail corridor debate

The debate over our disused rail corridor has long gone stale. It is acrimonious, ideological, and exhibits a strong tendency to avoid key points.

February 5, 2020

Issue 34.35

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Who listens to smart peeps anymore?

If only critical and disciplinary thinking underpinned political and mainstream media discourse – like it does within the scientific community.


Reinventing sewers

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads Byron Shire Council’s (BSC) Water and Recycling are now saying they don’t have plans of their sewer gravity mains.  As a former sewer operator, we spent ten years supplying information to the Mullumbimby Council office to generate maps...


First fleet

David Gilet, Byron Bay January the 26 was just the formalisation of the theft of Aboriginal land. The First Fleet had already been at Botany Bay between January 18 and 20. As a nation we could celebrate the original inhabitants of...


Snail rights

Jo Faith, Newtown Many people who uphold the rights of nature are not surprised that cosy politics sought the successful ongoing path to extinction of the Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail and its habitat rights. The Byron bypass will go ahead. Why? Because...



Peter Olson, Goonengerry You’re not being told the truth about the drought and you’re not being told the truth about the Wuhan Coronavirus. When the truth is told, it is not published.


Hazard burning

Barbara Turner, Byron Bay Wouldn’t it be better to collect leaf litter instead of back- or hazard-reduction burning? Most plant litter has the potential to enrich and become nutrients to protect scorched, burnt out and degraded areas. Commercial mowers with bagging attachments would...


Dunn’s big DA – neighbours call for independent traffic assessment 

The Browning Street Resident’s Group (BSRG) are calling for a full independent assessment of Jonson Street versus Ruskin Lane access to a large mixed residential/commercial proposal, now on exhibition.


What’s the NSW Business Chamber’s position on climate change?

Given Roy Morgan research suggests that 26 per cent of Australian businesses have been impacted by recent bushfires, what is The NSW Business Chamber’s position on climate change?


Pearl publishes first book, Meya

The arrival of a large package at Pearl Whitfield's home in Mullumbimby did not pique her interest initially. But the year 8 student quickly discovered that the seemingly boring box contained something magical.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL4McUzXfFI Jojo Rabbit During World War II, lonely German boy Jojo ‘Rabbit’ Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) has his worldview turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in...


Tourist-looking Byron DAs rile neighbours

Two large DAs near the Byron Butler Street bypass project have ruffled the feathers of locals wanting to maintain their street heritage.


Rural weddings and events update and meeting Feb 11

Following from Council’s plan to regulate rural weddings and events in late 2018, staff will be available for an information session on what's now proposed on Tuesday February 11.


Interview With Dweezil Zappa

Rats – revisited Bluesfest  |  9–13 April I often wonder what it’s like growing up with famous parents. Not just famous – but wildly creative people – who have been an integral part of creating culture. Finding your own space must...


Interview With Becky Lucas and Nazeem Hussain

Comedy Double Header Becky and Nazeem Brunswick Picture House  |  Saturday  |  7pm Becky Lucas and Nazeem Hussain make their way to the Brunswick Picture House next week to work on their 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival Show. It’s been a huge...


There is no life without water: time to save

Yes, the recent rain is wonderful, but acting on water use restrictions must become our usual way of life, at least until the drought is over.



Lindy Stacker, Binna Burra In response (to my response) Tim Harrington I fear will never be convinced that the world is not run by ‘lefties’ regardless of the facts and the overwhelmingly obvious fact that current world powers are run by...


Fracking fires

Erich Onest, Balmain How good for our politicians to see all their wishes come true at once. With the bushfires (a God-sent natural event) destroying so many of our National Parks and wilderness areas, it is a perfect time to reclassify...


Debt of gratitude

Michael J Gamble, Belmont If ever an offer of a NSW State funeral or Memorial Service was justified, it would be to the families of those three US firefighters who recently lost their lives while on active duty. The NSW community owes...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 6 February,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 6 February, 2020


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 5...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 5 February, 2020


Remove the weeds

A Campbell, Rosebank My partner, a bush regenerator of 18 years experience suggested that rather than spend money on expensive replantings of rainforest, we could use available funds or raise funds, toward educating people in identification of, and removal of, local...


A sad poem

Gerry Cavanagh (Cabba), Mullumbimby I love this burnt out country… but now it never, never rains I loved her far horizons, I loved her jewelled sea… Her beauty, now is terror BLACKENED… Like the trees…


Interview With Wil Anderson

Wil Informed Brunswick Picture House  |  Tues 11 Feb–Sat 15, 7pm  |  Sun, 16 Feb, 5pm  |  $40/45 Wil Anderson is one of the most prolific comics on the circuit. Able to distill most topics or ideas into a wit-based whiskey,...


Failure of ScoMo

Christina Henry, Bangalow In response to T Petroff's letter, ScoMo is a PM who has failed the Australian people in multiple ways. From corruption, including deals for water as a commodity, to the delusion of a surplus – our economy is...


Pocket vandalism

Bo Wharton, Fannie Bay, NT The community tennis court and barbecue area next to the Pocket Primary School have been significantly vandalised. This is on land donated by my aunt, in memory of her husband, Harry Wharton, long term resident of...


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...