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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.

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Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire...

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’.

New look and feel for Echonetdaily readers

Every old Echonetdaily is renewed again – the face of our online presence has had a lift as we...

Suffolk Park gardeners angry over Council’s double standard

Gardeners at the Suffolk Park Community Garden say they’ve been trapped in a procedural Catch-22 by Byron Shire Council, after it gave the green light to an expanded pump track (BMX track).

The light within emerges from the ashes

Massimiliano Guerrisi will never forget the sight of his Bega Valley home being devoured during the Black Summer bushfires.

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

March 18, 2020

Issue 34.41

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In this Issue:

Julian in a glass box

Will Parker, Brunswick Heads Reflecting on the image of Julian Assange, isolated in a glass box – separated from his lawyers in a British courtroom – I am reminded of Adolf Eichmann on trial in Jerusalem in 1960. He also appeared...


The closet laid bare

Toni Collins, Byron Bay Walking to the radio station in my lovely shoes I’ve had for a couple of years but only worn about four times, one shoe felt a bit loose. No time to walk back, so I kept walking....


Be careful what you wish for!

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Animal abusers on factory farms were delighted with federal and state governments’ knee jerk reactions to exposés by animal activists, announcing legislation which made penalties for entry onto a farm far more draconian than other forms of...


$100,000 for not-for-profits on offer

Last week, the 2020 Northern Rivers Large Grants Program was launched, giving local not-for-profits the chance to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000.


Billinudgel Nature Reserve expands

Over 37.15ha of ecologically significant land has been gifted to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve by North Byron Parklands.


Sympathetic noises

Fast Buck$, Coorabell For years Simon Richardson has made all the right noises against holiday letting – without doing anything identifiable to change things on the actual ground. This is the standard behaviour of the standard politician; the National Party’s Don...


No shit virus

Eve Sinton, Upper Main Arm Congratulations, you stupid, deluded Mullumbimbians who cleaned out the toilet paper aisle and depleted the rice and pasta shelves. This will not save you from COVID-19 – but it is totally unfair to people NOT seeking...


Destructive West Byron development refuses to die

West Byron has raised its ugly head again as a group of local landholders attempt to use the courts to force their excessive and inappropriate over-development of a sensitive site, adjacent to the Belongil Estuary, upon the Byron community, against its will and best interests.


Councillor Cameron calls for Mullum to Byron rail link

A Notice of Motion by independent Cr Basil Cameron, for the March 26 Council meeting, will ask support for a rail link between Mullumbimby and Byron Bay ‘as the first stage of a multi use activation of the rail corridor’.


The plight of Assange

Chris Abraham, Mullumbimby Creek Julian Assange, through Wikileaks, brought to the attention of the world what most consider are unacceptable actions on the part of the USA military in Iraq. He has done the world a favour. Whether or not he...


Facts and distance

Tom Tabart, From 1,500km (Drysdale) It would appear that Cr Lyon (Letters, 11 March – Echonetdaily) is unaware of, or is choosing to ignore the full content of my letter. The letter’s main purpose was to point out that the Byron...


Hidden dangers of the big C

Richard Jones, Possum Creek COVID-19 is undoubtedly lurking in Byron Shire by now. We are beginning to bow to each other, rather than our usual hugs. We’re washing our hands regularly and even attempting to stop touching our faces – which...


Call me a lady!

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby Well, it’s taken me a while, but I feel the need (obviously not for speed) to respond to Deb Lilly’s take on not being called a lady! (Letters, 19 February/Echonetdaily). Fancy that, she thinks it’s dated and ‘stems from...


To all toilet paper hoarders

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby If your paranoia is that high, and if there is a complete lockdown who is going to maintain the sewerage system? Remember, this is where the virus will accumulate. I would advise hoarding shovels, and I hope you...


Living on the wing

Pete Dawson, Castlemaine, Vic I have not lived in the Byron region for some years, although am still a regular visitor. I had lived there on and off from 1977. So the online Echo (www.echo.net.au) is a pleasure to read on...


Overdevelopment in Bruns

George Stinson, Brunswick Heads It appears that the Byron Shire Council‘s planning department has had a ‘road to Damascus’ moment regarding the overdevelopment of 16 Short Street, Brunswick Heads. You know the one – two swimming pools, 14 toilets, 10 bathrooms,...


The adventures of Puk Puk the cluck cluck

I thought I had hit the big time! Eggs for free! Without having to be responsible for the chicken or come home and put her away every night.


Laugh off the drought, bushfire, global pandemic…

In tough times, Laugh a Minute for Mankind tomorrow has never been more needed.


Developer refuses to reduce height, design of large Bruns DA

A controversial dual occupancy development proposed for Brunswick Heads looks set to be rejected by Byron Council, after council staff changed their advice, and recommended refusal.


Cinema: The Way Back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzNJVSsjE-I Talented former high school basketball player turned alcoholic (Ben Affleck) gets a chance at redemption when the opportunity to coach the underperforming team he once played for presents itself. This inspirational sports drama is very Ben Affleck-centred, yet he...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning, 18 March...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning, 18 March 2020


Barrio Eatery & Bar

Like Barrio but want to maintain your social distance? Whether you want to order breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or coffee, Barrio Eatery & Bar makes it easy for the local community to take home their favourite dishes. Choose...


Harvest at Home 

Harvest restaurant, deli and bakery are offering healthy, nourishing takeaway meals for customers to enjoy at home. Expect comfort food at its finest with daily changing dishes prepared in-house. Local vegetable-box subscriptions are available at the Harvest Deli, alongside...


Miracle of Beer-Water Beer

Stone & Wood perform the miracle of turning water into beer on a regular basis, but how about turning the wastewater from that process back into pure water, then into beer again? In celebration of the United Nation’s World...


Hooked and Cooked

S Haslam This week I visited Liat Ben Yishay, the new owner of Hooked and Cooked fish and chips in Mullumbimby. It’s not every day you see a person who likes their job, but it was very clear that Liat...


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...