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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

Koala advocate is Tweed Citizen of the Year

Murwillumbah local Jenny Hayes was named the 2020 Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year at Tuesday’s Australia Day Awards...

Ballina Shire Australia Day award winners

The Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards were announced at the official celebrations held on this morning at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

Learner charged after Bruns roundabout crash

A 16-year-old learner driver has been charged with a string of offences after a crash in Brunswick Heads on Tuesday night.

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.

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 debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the...

February 26, 2020

Issue 34.38

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GM where the bloody hell are you?

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby Go on the web and look up GM manufacturing plants on the US map. Also, this applies to all other US car manufacturers. Then look up the political breakdown of the states on a map. Lo and behold...


Vale wetlands

Jo Faith, Newtown Late last century (over 30 years ago) a cluster of cronies and pollies from NSW government had a neo-liberal thought bubble. Revamp Byron Bay. Give it the glitz of the Gold Coast. Solution: more roads and development! It...


Students are not citizens – Australia’s new educational policy

Was Australia's education too effective at giving students the tools to become active, knowledgeable citizens? Are young people who are confused, apathetic, and ignorant of political processes what conservative politicians are really looking for?


Empowering women’s program turns five

What started as an improbable idea of how to break the cycle of homelessness for at risk women, has now blossomed into a proven success with graduates living independently, and flourishing, as valued members of the community.


Saddle Road affordable housing EOI lodged

Councillor hopeful for the September 12 election, Matthew O’Reilly, says he has again submitted an affordable housing expression of interest (EOI) with Council for his Saddle Road property, located near Uncle Toms.


The fires are out but trauma can be a slow burn

‘I’ve cried, I’ve been hugged, I’ve been loved, but the trauma of this is so profound and it’s affecting thousands of people across our regions and we need help.’


Lemon Migrant butterfly migration underway

The boom of Lemon Migrant butterfly, also called the Cassia Butterfly, at the moment is simply amazing. They look like lemon satin ribbons as they fly briskly through gardens and open habitat.


Contentious Bangalow DA approved

Plans for 15 ‘affordable housing’ units in Lismore Rd, Bangalow, were given the green light by Byron Council.


Independent Green

Matthew O’Reilly, Brunswick Heads Last week I was asked two questions by The Echo via email, ‘Have you decided to run for 2020? If so, will it be on a Greens ticket?’ I chose to give an honest answer. I...


What belonging?

David Morris, Byron Bay This town breeds festivals like maggots in a dead dog. I noted, in a previous Echo, a recent Byron Shire Seniors festival where the activities offered, ‘aim to foster a sense of community and belonging; to...


Linnaeus Estate pushes for wellbeing retreat

A public meeting to discuss a development proposal, at a gated beachside estate, situated between Byron Bay and Lennox Head will be held at the Broken Head Community Hall on Sunday March 1, from 4pm.


Palestinian state

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel In response to Gareth Smith’s letter (February 12), it is the Palestinians who have the most to gain from securing a deal, rather than it being ‘blatantly obvious that nothing good would come,’ of it. The Palestinians’...


Big Brother just got a little bit bigger…

Nimbin residents are under a greater level of surveillance this week after Lismore Council completed an upgrade of the village's CCTV camera network.


Council proposes blanket 90-day cap on holiday letting

Byron Council has abandoned its plan to divide the Shire into separate short-term holiday letting ‘precincts’ with different caps on the number of days people can let their houses if they are not living there.


Big plans to help injured wildlife

There is exciting news if you’re a koala, tawny frogmouth, snake or any Australian native animal species as a new veterinary service – exclusively for wildlife – is opening up in Byron Bay. 


Local Labor MP dodges Assange return question

With Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing UK courts this week, what’s Labor’s position regarding his release?


Care: Byron Hospital

Sarah Mabbutt, South Golden Beach In the latter part of last year I spent a couple of weeks in Byron Hospital. The hospital has received so much negative comment that I wanted to say my experience while there was very...


Assange protest

F Long, Mullumbimby All concerned citizens are welcome at the Brisbane UK Consulate every day this week. We continue to participate in the world wide peaceful protest saying to the UK – don’t extradite our rights! No extradition USA, no...


Council public access

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Twenty-odd years ago my fellow councillor Hugh Ermacora remarked how useful public access is in terms of providing insights into a situation that may hitherto have been unclear. Although a lot of public input is tedious and repetitive,...


Bangalow Kollective

Tracey Stride, Coorabell I lived in a new development called The Kollective in Byron Bay for a while and would have liked to stay because I liked the ideals of the developers. However, it turned out to be a misnomer...


Slow down – wildlife

D Matthew, Wilsons Creek Having moved to Wilsons Creek for the beautiful and rich wildlife, it is with dismay that I continue to see splattered wildlife on the roads almost daily. As a slow driver, I am regularly harassed by fast...


Courage in life

Paul Rea, Coorabell One can only hope to have the courage and spiritual awareness in the face of personal trauma described by Timothee Diers in last week’s Echonetdaily article When Motor Neuron disease came into my life. Thanks for publishing...


Cartoon of the week – February 27, 2020

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors. The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning February 26,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning February 26, 2020


Cinema: Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFgo5VWYmEA Get dressed up in the sizzling 1920s theme and see Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears at the Palace Cinema on Wednesday. In her debut cinematic adventure, join detective extraordinaire, the Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), as...


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...