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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.

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Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Re Netflix

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

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

February 26, 2020

Issue 34.38

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In this Issue:

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...


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. 

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to accept the democratic vote at their...

A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

Apparently, there is another Ocean Shores in another part of the world, and they have deer…