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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 Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme is needed

This will be the year of the jab. And in from Byron Shire, that poses some interesting questions.

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.

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.

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

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...

Time to transition

Geraldine Crumpton, Fernleigh  I couldn’t agree more with Phillip Fraser’s article, that it really is time for Byron Shire to...

February 12, 2020

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Large ‘affordable housing’ Bangalow DA before Council

Paul Bibby A contentious plan to build 15 residential units on the former Telstra site on Lismore Rd, Bangalow looks set to get the green light at this Thursday’s meeting after the developer amended its plans while simultaneously planning legal...


Inner circle of jerks

What makes a good leader? Perhaps one who surrounds themselves with others who hold a diverse range of expert views or even challenge the ideologies of that leader.


Raising awareness in memory of Dale

Friends and family of Dale Hayes are celebrating his 30th birthday by hosting a fun day in Mullumbimby in his memory to raise funds for mental health organisations Beyond Blue and breakingFree.


No extradition

Jo Faith, Sunrise Beach The Assange No Extradition campaign is vital for upholding and fighting for Assange, a political prisoner, who took the risk to expose the war crimes of the imperialist west. This act in turn has globally affected...


Steal of the Century

Gareth Smith, Byron Bay How can any rational person applaud the fanfaronading of Trump and Netanyahu as they announce the ‘Deal of the Century’ which promises Palestinians billions of dollars if they just totally submit to Israel’s colonisation of their...


Girls group to run Tuesday afternoons

Byron Youth Service know many young women in our community are struggling to find confidence and self-acceptance, and therefore are unable to realise their full and amazing potential. 


Interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge

Going Local in a time of Crisis – Festival of cutting edge ideas and inspiration Byron Community Centre  | 20–22 March, 2020 Helena Norberg-Hodge founded, and directs, the groundbreaking nonprofit Local Futures, speaks eight languages, and was educated in Sweden, Germany,...


Richmond River improvements piloted

The poor water quality of the Richmond River is well known, and is a result of acid sulfate soils and years of agricultural run off. A trial to improve the river’s health is being piloted, say the NSW department of Primary Industry.


Vale Aileen Pepper, 1936–2020

Well known local Aileen Pepper was loved by many in the Byron Shire community.


True cost of Byron’s ‘free’ camping

As the fantasy of freedom and a cheap holiday leads more people to hire vans and take advantage of the beauty of Byron Shire and surrounding areas the impacts on both the residents and nature are becoming a major issue.



Peter Olson, Goonengerry Dr Francis Boyle, who drafted the USA Biological Weapons Act, has stated that the Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon. Wuhan is home to China’s only Biohazard Level 4 germ laboratory. Dr Joseph Wu, writing in The...


Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Byron Bay Bluesfest  |  9–13 April 2020 Buffy the Truth Sayer Last week I had a phone call lined up for a 20–minute chat with Buffy Sainte–Marie. At 81, this Indigenous Canadian–American singer songwriter is a world elder – she’s also...



Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The results of the investigations into the Mullumbimby sewer and stormwater systems are no surprise to people who worked with, and were paying attention to, what was happening decades ago! Sinkholes appearing after and during rain events,...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning February 13,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning February 13, 2020



Birds of Prey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3HbbzHK5Mc An R-rated action-adventure centred around an all-female superhero vigilante team, and written and directed entirely by women (Christina Hodson and Cathy Yan respectively), Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is certainly the...


Sugar Daddy

Andrew Hunter, Bangalow Mandy, you ask what’s wrong with prostitution? Nothing. It’s why sites like Sugar Daddy exist; the girls that use the sites are prostitutes.



Fast Buck$, Coorabell Senior council staff everywhere have to deal with dim-witted councillors and others who ask silly questions. Accordingly they develop the politician’s skill of appearing to answer questions while in fact avoiding them. Locally they have frequently used big...


Nature of Science

Jason van Tol, Myocum I refer to Hans’ editorial (February 5), in which he compares, among other things, deductive and inductive forms of reasoning. Basically, deductive reasoning moves from general principles to specific instances, whereas inductive reasoning is opposite, moving from...


Gas for transition

Richard Swinton, Clunes Hello Kevin, as a constituent of Page, I am horrified to hear that your government is effectively blackmailing the states to open up gas exploration and fracking. As you would be well aware, there have been mass protests...


Religious beliefs

David Gilet, Byron Bay Belief in the Rapture has a lot of similarities to belief in the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas and demonstrates a similar degree of intellectual rigour. In fact, the similarities between belief in the Rapture and belief...


The real radicals?

Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek Are the silent majority now the real radicals? Last night I attended a gathering supporting Julian Assange. The half dozen speakers would all be considered ‘radicals’ and probably thought of as rat-bags by many of Morrison’s...


Bob Stewart fails to front court

Local commercial property owner Bob Stewart was a no-show at Byron Bay Court House on Monday morning where he was due to face an animal cruelty charge and appear in relation to multiple Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs).


Interview with Matt McHugh from The Beautiful Girls

The Beautiful Girls Hotel Great Northern, Byron  |  Saturday The Beautiful Girls have realised the dream for their fans, and for front man Matt McHugh, by releasing a Best Ever album on double vinyl! For Matt, this is how he first fell...


Beach Hotel operations and real estate sold

A ‘leading hospitality operator and investment manager’ has bought both the real estate and operation of the Byron Beach Hotel for $104m.


Interview with Jack McCoy

Keeping Surfing The Real McCoy Byron Bay Surf Festival  |  Byron Bay Brewery and Beach  |  Friday–Sunday Jack McCoy is a highly respected elder of the worldwide surfing tribe.  Originally from Hawaii, he settled in Australia in 1970. He was at...


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...