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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Global predicament

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

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

February 19, 2020

Issue 34.37

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In this Issue:

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


Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.