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What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

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Conspiracy in the pub becomes talking point

‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities’ wrote Voltaire.

Conspiratorial breaths

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

Growing underclass

Jo Faith, Newtown According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every single human has a right to be housed....

Is the failing state of the planet causing our youth to be stressed?

Poor mental health in youth is an ever increasing problem. It is often flagged at by the media and various organisations, and whilst there are often brilliant resources that can be found, when it comes down to the cause of the increase in mental illness in Gen Z, parents and caregivers tend to put it (somewhat jokingly) down to our phones.

New look and feel for Echonetdaily readers

Every old Echonetdaily is renewed again – the face of our online presence has had a lift as we...

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...

February 19, 2020

Issue 34.37

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Emotion v facts

Dudley Leggett, Suffolk Park Where are the so-called ‘climate deniers’? Almost no one believes the climate isn’t changing; it always is. The issue is, what’s causing it, and is there an emergency? It might be helpful if that embedded labelling was...


Not ladies!

Deborah Lilly, Mullumbimby I loved The Echo’s front page photo of women wielding power tools at the shedding workshop (5 February). However, the caption Ladies hit the shed was a shocking diminishment of their independent can-do stance. The term ladies is...


The fog of war

John Scrivener, Main Arm Trump is a loose cannon. With one fell swoop of its predator drones the US committed its gravest strategic blunder since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The extralegal execution of senior Iraqi and Iranian commanders by...


Fear mongering

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores Could Peter Olsen please let up on his paranoia and fear mongering and keep his ‘conclusive logic’ to himself. He lost all credibility since his contribution to the Y2K hysteria all those years ago, and we know how...


Meaty topics

Matt Ogle, Byron Bay In response to the article There is no life without water: time to save (5 February). We can all save water in many ways. Did you know ‘the water required for a single hamburger patty is equivalent...


Dead zone

Liz Friend, Ocean Shores Every time I walk upstairs in the Mercato Building above ByrWoolies, it’s like a dead zone. So a proposal for a 146 room hotel, function centre and retail premises, when we can’t even draw enough people to...


A little advice?

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby Any constitutional lawyers out there? Regarding section 100 of the constitution on water: if a land owner sells his water rights to someone outside his property – can that new owner use the water even though he has no...


Mullum flood study

Dr Sonia Laverty, Convener MRA Despite the rain, or maybe because of it, the public meeting on 12 February at Mullum Ex-Services Club on Council’s Floodplain Management process was attended by over 70 local residents. The meeting was organised by Mullumbimby...



Fast Buck$, Coorabell The local Greens are going through their preselection process at the moment and there’s a bit of jockeying going on. Considering how badly they chose last time, how dumb must the Greens’ membership be? I predict they’ll confirm their...



Julia Lowe, Suffolk Park Peter Olsen (Letters 12 February) should not willfully spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19 (the official name of the novel coronavirus) for which he has cherry picked facts. Dr Francis Boyle is a lawyer not a physician or...


Sea protection

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby $104 million for the Beach Hotel – not a bad price for a building on top of what would be, but for huge amounts of public money, a rapidly eroding sand dune. No doubt they pay a motza...


Cost of ‘free’ camping

Sunflower, Mullum Creek Well said Alison Drover. Thankyou! Those who trash our beautiful towns aren’t ‘free’ as much as they think that lifestyle is. Actually they are slaves to their own sense of entitlement and lack of self-responsibility. How would a...


How are governments dealing with floodplain living?

Living on a coastal floodplain in a high rainfall region means that there will be floods and ocean encroachment that need to be managed by Council, state government and landholders.


Interview with Kat Davidson and Jenny Wynter, Women Like Us

Women Like Us: Jenny Wynter & Kat Davidson Ballina RSL  |  Friday 6 March  |  8pm  |  $35 For Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs, one of the joys of developing their Women Like Us show was building something other amazing women...


Interview with Vicky Jay about her Documentary Premiere, Me & Her

Me & Her - Vicky Jay Documentary Premiere Brunswick Picture House  |  Thursday 27 Feb  |  7pm  |  $15 How do you feel about your clitoris? When were you told you even had one? These are some of the questions that...


Gas expansion welcomed by local Nationals MP

A recently announced bilateral energy deal between the NSW and federal coalition governments – which includes expanding the gas industry – has the full support of local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.


When motor neuron disease came into my life

There are events in our life that we call ‘life changing’ and there are events that are life-markers: scars from trauma and bad experiences that never heal. But there are also events that transform us, that lift us out of an unthinkable event.


Planning staff support questionable Main Arm DA

Local residents of Coopers Lane West in Main Arm have raised concerns regarding Council staff’s recommendation for approval of a dual occupancy in an area that was identified as a high fire-danger area during the recent bushfires.


Interview with Steve ’n’ Seagulls

Steve ’n’ Seagulls Bluesfest  |  9-13 April One thing Bluesfest does is, it allows you to hear music you might never have otherwise heard. One band I’m really looking forward to seeing is Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls. Fronted by...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning February 20,...

Monty Python’s Spamalot HOTA  |  5–7 March Following its sell-out run in Sydney last year, Monty Python’s Spamalot is coming to the Gold Coast at HOTA, 5–7 March, on the only Queensland stop of its 2020 tour. Directed by Richard Carroll, and...


Cinema: Just Mercy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78 Just Mercy is a true-life story of a lawyer by the name of Byron Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), who defended a man named Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who is on death row for a crime he swore he didn’t...


‘Cleva’ O’Reilly announces council tilt

President of Community Alliance for Byron Shire Association (CABS), Matthew ‘Cleva’ O’Reilly, has announced his intention to run in the next Council election, to be held September 12, 2020.


Greens councillors push high growth agenda

The ‘current strong business and employment growth’ of the region is driving Council’s push to open up large contentious rural land for future development.


Interview with Nikki Bomba, Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Mullumbimby Civic Hall  |  Friday 28 Feb  |  7pm  |  $40 Last year, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra took home the 2019 ARIA for best World Music Album. They certainly earned it. Comprising up to 36 members, led by...


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

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning February 19, 2020


Hand-picked beans make the best brew for Bangalow Coffee

Story & photo Melissa Butters Andy and Michelle have been serving up great coffee at farmers markets for 18 years. Andy, an exploration geologist, and...

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 bangers and mash. Food in clubs...

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.

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling case for a rail trail,...