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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

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

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.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

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

March 25, 2020

Issue 34.42

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In this Issue:

Have education budget cuts led to putting kids and teachers at...

While schools are closing across the planet owing to COVID-19, NSW schools remain open, for now. Yet are they fully equipped to deal with the deadly virus? The United Workers Union, who represent cleaners contracted to NSW schools, said on March...


Editorial – Bring in a UBI for the crisis

Around the country we have people lining up down the streets outside Centrelink offices, attempting social distancing, to ensure they don’t starve and lose their homes as they lose their jobs. One key government response should be to bring in the universal basic income. 


Disabled parking up for review

Byron Council is set to review disability parking arrangements in the Byron Bay CBD, after it emerged that the disabled parking spots next to the Mercato shopping centre did not have access to the footpath.


Byron Shire Council ‘full steam ahead’ with roadworks

Council’s works team say they have started making a dent in the $20 million allocated to Byron Shire for road programs as part of the NSW government’s $25 million tourism impacts infrastructure election commitment.


Developer bonanza

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Bay Cr Michael Lyon’s statement in his letter regarding the Business and Industrial Lands Strategy (BILS) cannot be ignored. His comment, ‘I stand by our decision to identify additional lands for businesses to expand in the Shire...


Will dollars win?

Glenn Higson, Goonengerry Those who have researched CSG (coal seam gas) will know how counterproductive it is. Sure, it burns cleaner than coal, but the escaping gas from wells etc, which the gas companies have thought to harvest, is 80...


True COVID-19 heroes

Ron Priestley, Main Arm The true heroes of the current calamity are all the checkout people who stand a metre away from hundreds each day, who face and breathe on them, as well as often handling their credit cards and rewards...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Still Corona

I noticed how happy my husband was this week. I’m home. I’m doing the washing. I’m cleaning. I’m cooking. I’m here. I’m back to being a 1950’s housewife. I’ve started wearing lipstick to bed. Next week I’m cracking out the rollers.


Roller derby rocks Cavanbah Centre

The roller derby season kicked off with six teams competing in the second running of the Northern Rivers Revolt held at the Cavanbah centre two weeks ago. Teams travelled from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to complete in the two-day roller derby tournament.


Mullumbimby hosts 24 clubs for swimming carnival

Over 130 swimmers from 24 clubs enjoyed a great day of competition at the Mullumbimby Swimming Club’s qualifying meet, held at the Petria Thomas pool on 14 March.


Lennox Longboarders get first contest away

The Lennox Longboarders had their first round of the year under new president, Rob Rye, and had offshore winds and one-metre waves for the 36 surfers who competed at Lennox Main Beach. 


Wines: personally selected and delivered to you

By S Haslam The Sun Bistro Bottleshop in Sunrise is one of those great local businesses offering a new, unique service in response to the coronavirus. As we know, locals are going out less, many gigs and private events have...


Farmers markets are on

Both the state and federal governments have confirmed that farmers’ markets are an essential service, so the farmers’ markets will continue to operate unless instructed otherwise, but with even tighter social distancing measures. ‘On the whole, everyone has been really...


Local distillery now selling hand sanitiser for cost price

By Sandra Davey A local consequence of the cleanliness guidelines is that the area has run out of hand sanitiser. To alleviate this situation the good folk at Lord Byron Distillery, who usually make rum, vodka and limoncello, have created...


Richardson won’t stand in the 2020 Byron election

With local council elections being held later this year, there has been a lot of speculation about who will be running for office in the Byron Shire.


Riot squad in Byron Bay

With three black riot squad vans in Byron Bay on this morning, there was speculation that they were there to enforce shutdowns of venues and beaches.


Thus Spake Mungo: COVID-19 getting personal

Suddenly it’s personal. I have been placed in home isolation.


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...