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

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

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.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

March 11, 2020

Issue 34.40

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In this Issue:

Rack ’em up in Mullum!

Mount Chincogan inspired bike racks are now ready for cyclists to park their bikes in Mullumbimby.


Towers galore in Ocean Shores

Kim Mikac, Byron Bay Shame on the Ocean Shores Country Club for even entertaining the notion of hosting another telco monstrosity atop its club building. One ugly tower already looms ominously over the pristine grounds and nearby homes. Telstra has asked...


Scott Morris

David Gilet, Byron Bay Scott Morrison’s religious beliefs have a simplistic fatalism that is dangerous when held by ‘the leader of nation‘. But his former profession is also a worry. The classic model of capitalism is that businesses compete for customers in...


Capturing carbon, nature’s way

One of the best ways to mitigate climate change is to capture carbon – by tree planting, of course! Shearwater Steiner School in Mullumbimby is getting hands on with its students and getting their hands in the dirt.


Business pre-acceleration program on offer

Helping business be a force for good is the focus for the third Sourdough Business Pathways pre-accelerator program, starting on March 31.


Playing with fire

Fast Buck$, Coorabell At the February meeting Crs Lyon and Richardson expressed wonder at how a development at the end of a narrow, dead end lane in Main Arm could have obtained a satisfactory fire risk rating. State government legislation to...


How are NSW councils doing?

An independent body that audits NSW government departments released its assessment of the state’s 134 councils, and 11 joint organisations, on Friday.


Infinite trust

Paul Moore, Suffolk Park Are you aware that Einstein said we can’t solve the problems we have created by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created the problem? Therefore logical problems don’t have logical solutions, and yet...


Editorial – Nuclear afterglow

While there will surely be an afterglow of good will towards local National Party MLC Ben Franklin for securing the Shire $25m in road and infrastructure funding, it should be pointed out where his government is taking us when it comes to the energy sector.


Food security

Gary Opit, Brunswick Heads Every successful community that ever existed depended on food security. Successful communities created the only known universal consciousness, the living surface and global mind of our unique planet. Then came fantasy. The modern world has been fantastically...


Butterflies on the move

Recent rainfall was the trigger for the flight of the Blue Tiger Butterfly (Tirumala Hamata) that is currently migrating down the north-east coast of Australia from north Queensland.


Looking for a new vision for Council? Time to get Together…

Local political party, the Together Party, will host a conference, March 14, from 10am at the Byron Community Centre to ‘look at how the local community can get involved and create a new force in council elections in Byron Shire and beyond.’


Green bashing

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket I would like to address the latest round of Green bashing from inside and outside the party in recent letters. Firstly, Paul Gannon who seems to be blaming this Council, and the four out of nine...


Virus sparks a-poo-calypse

The impact of the coronavirus threat is clearly being felt across the Shire with Southern Cross University closing its Gold Coast and Lismore campuses yesterday (Wednesday, March 11) after a staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19.


Rejecting paranoia

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores Now rejecting paranoia and fear mongering apparently equates with ‘the bad old days of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany’ according to Mr Engelae (letters, 4 March)… WTF? No-one knows how C19 will play out, but one thing’s...


Essential reading

Clive Sheridan, Wilsons Creek Many thanks to Jason van Tol for his enlightening article Students are not citizens – Australia’s new educational policy. This information should be essential reading for each and every school and college student across Australia, and posted...


A little heave-ho

Dianne Canabou, Main Arm A huge thank you to the couple of fellows who heave-hoed me to my feet after I fell flat on my face just beyond  the Middle Pub, Mullumbimby on Tuesday (walking past, not exiting).  A few aches today,...


Strong communities

Caroline Mitchell, Suffolk Park Blown away by the hugely generous community support for the Go Wild for Wildlife fundraiser event at Marvell Hall last Sunday. What a privilege to witness and be part of this event. Everyone contributed and gave so...


Byron Community Centre to get upgrade

The heritage-listed building which houses the Byron Community Centre and Byron Theatre is set to get some much-needed renovation and refurbishment works in the coming weeks. 


Council about to get cracking on sewer overhaul

Repairs to almost 50 per cent of Mullumbimby’s oldest sewer network and condition assessments of Ocean Shores and Byron Bay gravity sewer networks are to start this month, say Council staff. 


How should we live in a time of climate collapse?

The Ngara Institute, who present politics in the pub and larger events that attract renown speakers, say they will be devoting their entire 2020 program to the ecological crisis and asking the question ‘How shall we live?’.


Rail trail push for track removal

A rail trail group have been lobbying NSW MPs to amend the Transport Administration Act 1988 (Section 99A) to allow the transfer of sections of the 132 km Murwillimbah to Casino rail corridor from transport use to Crown Lands ‘for the sole purpose of constructing a rail trail’. 


Palestinian position

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Danny Wakil (letters, 19 February), his assertions are unfortunately unreliable. How can it be true that Palestinians (such as myself), who have no army or power, refuse to compromise, but instead, want to continue to...


Assange: cross-party support

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay A word of support for Dean Jeffery’s initiative on behalf of Julian Assange and the profound importance of this particular issue (Echonetdaily 26 February). Given the unusual situation of cross-party support and the clear precedent of our government...


Byron as community

Joe Fay, Byron Bay Byron is usually recognised as a place where the basic social structure was largely built on a strong sense of community that many of us respect and promote.  But my friend and I were shocked while having coffee...


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…