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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

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.

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

Australia Day Warning from your local SLSC

Surf Life Saving New South Wales has issued a warning to beachgoers to heed safety advice after a huge weekend on beaches, with heatwave conditions and large swells forecast for today.

Kerry O’Brien reverses decision to accept AO

‘With regret, I have decided to reverse my decision to accept my appointment as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia’.

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....

Endangered market

Marie Sherd Mullumbimby We’re in danger of losing the charming monthly Mullum Market. Please don’t let this happen. It’s such a...

March 4, 2020

Issue 34.39

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Fluke – celebrating the beauty and colourful characters in the arts

Bringing to the world a mix of photography, performing arts, and circus – local photographer and filmmaker Hamish McCormick is launching Fluke an exquisitely produced, part book, part magazine at Bruns Picture House this Thursday.


Viral vampires

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm I’ve heard that the pandemic drains blood supplies, so it makes sense for us to build our stock now. Who knows, you might even get your own blood back! To give blood at the Cavanbah Centre you...


A looming hospital fiasco?

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The Northern Beaches hospital was built by public money to the tune of $600m (I have seen the figure of $2.14 billion as the real final cost). Whatever the amount, the cost was at public expense, but...


Greens – pavers of paradise

Paul Gannon, Coopers Shoot For Simon Richardson, Michael Lyon, Sarah Ndiaye and Jeanette Martin, thanks for paving paradise and putting up a parking lot with a pink hotel, a boutique and an ugly and traffic-congesting Mercato mess. The Byron Greens; a...


In protest and shock

Diane Hart, Mullumbimby Dear Mr Lovejoy, I am returning last week’s copy of The Echo in protest and shock at your editorial. I was sickened by the vitriolic and personal attack on those council members. I’m not sure what your agenda....


Byron Council supports Assange

Paul Bibby Should Byron Council get involved in the fight to bring Wikileaks founder Julian Assange home to Australia or stick to fixing potholes? The answer at last week’s full Council meeting was a nearly unanimous ‘Yes’ to entering the arena...


Should developers be banned from becoming a councillor?

NSW Labor have proposed ‘laws to ban property developers and real estate agents being elected to NSW councils – in time for the forthcoming Local government elections’.


Why Cassar-Daley Loves the Blues-interview

Bluesfest is loved for its ability to bring music of all genres together. This year Nash Chambers presents the Australian Americana Music Honours Music Awards with John Butler, Kasey Chmbers, Ash Grunwald, Hussy Hicks, The Waifs, The War and Treaty, Henry Wagons and Troy Cassar-Daley. Troy spoke with The Echo about just how much he loves being part of the Bluesfest program.


Lest we forget

Myles F Osborne, Mullumbimby As a retired Major I am delighted to report the honour of meeting Australian RSL Branch members with some of their dear wives at Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, and Brunswick Head Bowling Club. We were able to exchange memories...



Marley Berry-Pearce, Suffolk Park Many of our Shire’s diverse population care little for the wellbeing of wildlife and the connection to land and spirit maintained for millennia by Arakwal people.  Jeremiah O’Toole, in his response to your editorial mentions that young people...


Old fogey

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby I was surprised by David Morris’s letter last week and his attack on the Seniors Festival. Whilst I tend to agree with him that ‘this town breeds festivals like maggots in a dead dog’ (his words, not mine),...


Julian Assange support

M Hays, Bangalow MP Justine Elliot should step up and at least vote for better conditions for Julian.  The Wikileaks founder only exposed the truth, which is now becoming harder and harder to source from our governments. The US government is telling...


The ‘sadistic’ trial of Julian Assange

After nearly ten months’ waiting in isolation at London’s Belmarsh Prison, known to some as ‘Hellmarsh’, it was finally time for Mr Assange to face lawyers from the US Department of Justice as they argued their case for his extradition from the UK.


Feel Good Friday – new women’s service

As the country’s homeless population continues to grow, women, particularly those over the age of 45, are among the fastest growing group.


Culture in the Byron Shire for the week beginning March 4,...

Come along and watch Byron Shire’s newest comedians you have never heard of grace the stage with their well-honed naiveté, their ultra-fresh gags and their courage cured in alcohol.


Supporting equality

The Wikipedia entry for feminism says: ‘Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes’.


Interview with Tania de Jong

Tania de Jong and Peter Hunt are the trailblazing founders of Mind Medicine, a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting the development of research-based and regulatory-approved psychedelic medicines in Australia.


Cinema: The Call of the Wild

https://youtu.be/5P8R2zAhEwg Adapted from the classic 1903 novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild is about the life of a stable and happy dog called Buck, whose domestic life ends when he is uprooted from his home in California...


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

A round up of the coming live music in the Byron Shire for the week beginning March 4, 2020


Lost in acronyms

Chris Cooney, Mullumbimby In the world of acronyms in which the local council exists, it is completely understandable that the civilian population could very easily become lost. Here are but a few: UGMS, BILS, LSPS, RLUS, LRMDC, SEPP, DPIE, NCRP, LEP,...


A little Linnaeus

John Page, Byron Bay Call me cynical, but there’s something about the pronouncements of Brandon Saul, one of the people behind the proposed ‘eco-development’ of the Linnaeus Estate between Byron Bay and Lennox Head, that doesn’t add up. Surely the last...


Zero net emissions

Ron Leeks, Ocean Shores So Labor have decided to adopt a policy of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 echoing most thinking leadership in the western world. Wind and solar power will have to replace every existing coal power plant in...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: An Un-Suitable World

Patriarchy is broken. Its grand structures of phallic dominance are crumbling. The conviction of Harvey Weinstein last week is a sign that the empire is finally falling. The condemnation by the Senate, and call for Bettina Arndt’s Order of Australia to be stripped, owing to her ‘blame the victim’ commentary – in reference to the recent murder of a Hannah Baxter and her three children (Aaliyah, Laianah, and Trey) – proves that the power of patriarchy is waning.


Five teams to contest roller derby weekend

The 2020 Northern Rivers Revolt roller derby tournament will again be held in Byron Bay at the Cavanbah Centre over March 14–15.


Plenty of chances for locals as contests roll in

Avoca Beach was the venue for the Vissla Central Coast Pro and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro, both WSL QS 3000 events that featured most of our local pro surfers. 


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...