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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

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.

March 4, 2020

Issue 34.39

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In this Issue:

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. 


Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...