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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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Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

Bob Stewart appeal date set

The man found guilty of cruelty charges against a pet dog in South Golden Beach will have his fate decided in Lismore in May.

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.

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’.

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...

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

April 1, 2020

Issue 34.43

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In this Issue:

Thus Spake Mungo: the cost of a job

It has only taken a week for the simple beauty of JobKeepers to become a little tarnished.


Internet in Byron is abysmal

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay If you are reading this letter it is because I was lucky enough find an internet access point window with fewer users, which allowed me the time to press send. Public access to the internet in Byron...


Flu season again

David Hall, Ocean Shores It’s flu season again, and a nasty one this year. The economy is being closed down, entertainment and socialising are cancelled. Many people, understandably, are in great fear for their lives, their jobs and their homes. This...


Bypass sees more native offsets

Byron Council has promised to undertake an additional 18 hectares of bush enhancement work to offset the destruction of wetland, resulting from the Byron bypass.


Developer bonanza or responsible development?

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket Cr Coorey’s anti-Business and Industrial Lands Strategy letter last week was riddled with about ten ‘alternative facts’. Firstly, the title of her letter, Developer bonanza. A gross amount of 40 hectares has been identified, Shire-wide, for...


Seeking assistance for mental health in a time of COVID-19

For those who need to urgently access the health system for non-COVID-19 treatments it’s proving to be very problematic in many areas of Australia. Some of the hardest hit people are those living with mental health issues.


Submissions for West Byron DA extended

The exhibition period for the West Byron DA has been extended by four weeks.


Lock down Byron

Sue Arnold, Ocean Shores Byron needs to be locked down. It’s total insanity to let these crowds fill the streets and beaches. Our hospital can’t possibly cope with a minor, much less major, outbreak. These people are putting the community at...


Hold councillors responsible

Jenny Coman, Bangalow Thank you for publishing Cr Cate Coorey’s rather lengthy letter last week – Developer bonanza. It contains content that voters in the next Council election (whenever it is held) should find invaluable. I wrote some time ago, asking critics...


Sewers getting fixed

Duncan Dey, Main Arm  Alan Dicken’s letter (25 March) correctly addresses an error in the minutes of a meeting of Council’s WWS (Water, Waste and Sewer) Advisory Committee, held on 30 January 2020. As a member of that committee, I have...


Love Mullum

Melanie Dilday, Brunswick Heads Yesterday I went shopping in Mullumbimby and felt so totally cared for with the way some shops are now operating. At Santos, they have a staff member at the door, limiting the number of people going in,...


Not for the people

Jim Beatson, Byron Bay Prime Minister Morrison flies around the world on major visits in a very large RAAF Airbus A330. This particular aircraft has long-range capability, and can carry a minimum of 250 people and a maximum of 440 people....


Time to get started?

Malcolm Price, Durrumbul There is a visionary seed at the heart of the Byron–Mullumbimby multimodel rail link project. It has emerged with the best features of all proposals so far, in the same way that the establishment of the Casino–Murwillumbah railway,...


Social responsibility comes to the fore

Four of the international tourist companies operating in Byron Shire have pledged, in future, to put the amenity of residents before profit, when signing up new providers and advertising on the internet.


What could go wrong?

Mobile 100MW nuclear power plants have been proposed by the NSW National Party.


Satnav be gone

In a move to preserve the character of rural areas, the federal government’s satellite regulatory body has limited the number of roads available to satnav systems.


Chocolate delivery an ‘essential service’!

We need more love, don’t we? Luxe chocolate boutique, Love Byron Bay, are stocked up on everything – especially their Fair Trade, Vegan Certified chocolate Easter Collection to serve everybody who makes Love Byron Bay a ‘must do’ on...


Culture and Live Music in the Byron Shire during Covid

Culture and Live Music in the Byron Shire during Covid


Cartoon of the week – April 1, 2020

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The COVID Conspiracy

Wuhan has the new 5G. This theory purports that the deaths aren’t from the virus – but from a cell break-down that mimics a virus. It doesn’t explain the contagion aspect, that is, how people who live in areas where there is no 5G get the virus. Unless… when you sneeze, the 5G comes out of your nose.


Byron Shire’s first theme park

A ‘rural living’ theme park has been proposed in the north of the Shire.


Thus Spake Mungo: Isolation days

Last week I could have my hair styled, but I couldn’t get a kidney transplant. I could take my kids to school, but not to church. I could invite nine mates to a funeral, but only four to a wedding


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...