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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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A Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme is needed

This will be the year of the jab. And in from Byron Shire, that poses some interesting questions.

A short history of our rail corridor debate

The debate over our disused rail corridor has long gone stale. It is acrimonious, ideological, and exhibits a strong tendency to avoid key points.

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

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.

Freedom of speech

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia – Byron Bay  Great to see the deputy prime minister declaring his...

Why Pat Morton?

Ballina's Cr Jeff Johnson is raising a motion to re-name culturally significant local sites at today's council meeting.

April 8, 2020

Issue 34.44

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UNICEF fundraiser supports kids through COVID-19

A webcast fundraiser for UNICEF, to benefit children affected by COVID-19 in East Asia and the Pacific will be held Wednesday, April 15, from 9am.


Legal assistance offered during financial hardship

Local law firm Barefoot Law have produced a range of letter templates to assist those severely financially impacted by COVID-19.


After the plague

Not being able to socialise, or go to work, or be abroad for any but officially approved purposes certainly gives a body room to think.


Relief for small business

Small businesses across NSW struggling with COVID-19 shutdowns will receive grants of up to $10,000 under a new assistance scheme announced by the NSW government last week.


Domestic violence on the rise

With many people staying at home, the downside of isolation is the rise in domestic violence (DV).


BYS launches pantry project

Byron Youth Service have partnered with the Northern Rivers Pantry Project to collect donated items and distribute them to families hit hard at the moment.


Council defends bypass process, again

With Council’s controversial Byron bypass project along Butler Street continuing into stage two, it’s emerged pre-clearing surveys and a species relocation report are to be published after the clearing has been completed.


The clipped wings of Gen Z as COVID-19 impacts

In Australia, Gen Z, for the first time in their lives, are feeling the direct implications of a worldwide health and economic crisis and young people are looking to each other for signs of hope and stability.


Bruns adapts to doing business differently

The Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre and the chamber say they have pooled their resources to help the town’s businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis wave and prepare for the comeback.


Eat healthy, stay safe

Now is the time to spend in our community, and an increasing number of locals have been getting out of the ‘Panic Aisle’ at Woolies and buying from the local stalls around the place. One of the benefits of...


Legends really need your support now

Suffolk Park residents Scott and Gemma Levy moved to Byron four years ago to raise their young family in a healthy, happy and beautiful environment. They were married on the beach at Broken Head when their son Skyler was just...


Interview with Bunny Racket

At a time when everyone is bunkering down – staying indoors… everyone’s favourite rock’n’roll rabbit, King Bunny – aka Andy Walker, has decided not to hold back, but to digitally release Bunny Racket’s popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Animals along...


Music and Culture in the Byron Shire from 8 April, 2020

Music and Culture in the Byron Shire from 8 April, 2020


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Mother on a Mission

I hate this world behind doors, behind a screen. This strange diluted reality where our only freedom is walking a dog. My dog is exhausted. My dog is missing his alone time. I’m fucking tired of mine. My dog keeps looking at me with that ‘Why are you still here? Aren’t you going out?’ expression.


Medics ask for patience from those wanting flu shots

Dr Dan Ewald practices as a GP on Lennox Head and says his clinic has been inundated with phone calls from people wanting the flu vax during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thus Spake Mungo: Two cheers for ScoMo

Two hearty cheers for ScoMo and his $130 billion JobKeeper package. If it had been a couple of weeks earlier it would have been three, but let’s be grateful for what we have got.


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...