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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Other News

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

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.

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

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!

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

April 22, 2020

Issue 34.46

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In this Issue:

Home-grown pandemic risks

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Prime Minister Morrison has criticised the World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of China’s wet markets, one of which is widely considered to have been the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not just China that permits...


The right approach?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry South Korea, with twice our population, has no lockdown, but everyone wears a mask – and it has 27 new cases today (17 April), versus Australia with 47 new cases today, under lockdown, but no face masks. Britain,...


Shafted workers

School cleaner, Name withheld I’m a frontline worker, a contract cleaner providing an essential service for our state government. We faced the bushfire threat from mid-October with the community engulfed in a smoke-haze of varying intensity. We worked indoors and outdoors, without...


Fast-track development

Jo Faith, Newtown The elite are noted for taking advantage of crisis in society to gain financial advantage. So it is in the state of NSW. At a time when the Byron community has been outraged, by the proposed West Byron...


Rabbit hole

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Did the Easter bunny go down the rabbit hole? The reflection of an object is not the same as the object being reflected. Regarding the COVID-19 virus, the mainstream media can be considered with that in mind. The...


Not good enough

Frank Lynch, Wilsons Creek The recent ABC series Revelation is a tragic reminder of the power imbalance afflicting Australian society where Catholic clergy are able to dominate susceptible, often orphaned, young persons, perpetrating shocking sexual abuse and causing life-threatening psychological damage. As...


A little etiquette

John Circosta, Brunswick Heads Time to update official government information re physical/social distancing. Currently, the official diagram shows two individuals 1.5 metres apart. However, many people walk, shop, and exercise in couples or in small family groups. It’s disturbing how often couples...


Be the change you want to see

The Rainforest 4 Foundation has been at the forefront of positive action, including planting rainforest trees to restore fire-devastated rainforests and buying back land in the Daintree.


A little theology

Peter Duke, Cumbalum Christianity teaches Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, but 24 hours before the crucifixion Jesus said, ‘I have finished the work you gave me to do’ (John 17:4). So why the anomaly? ‘My thoughts...


Medical facemasks

Janet Catesby, Toormina I refer to your article After the Plague, where you recommend that everyone leaving their house wears a mask. The NSW government’s current advice is that there is a shortage of protective masks for frontline medical staff. Therefore,...


Lest we forget

ANZAC Day, to be held this Saturday, will not be the usual national day of remembrance for those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.


Councillors ignore neighbour pleas, staff, over littoral beachfront estate expansion

A development application for 33 housing lots on the upmarket Linnaeus Estate at Broken Head remains on the table despite containing fundamental legal errors.


Navigating through COVID-19 testing in Byron Shire

Staying abreast of who can get tested for COVID-19 has been challenging for everyone, including local doctors, and this has led to some confusion for some Byron Shire residents. 


Trump on lockdown

Theo Engelaer, Mullumbimby We must thank the Donald for alerting us, by tweeting, about the lockdown protests in the USA – which are also happening in China, Germany, Italy, Spain etc. Until now these protests have been ignored in the mainstream...


Helping the homeless – reduce , reuse recycle!

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby In response to the article headed Where do homeless and travellers go during the pandemic. I have a great suggestion for where the homeless, and possibly others, could go after the pandemic. Anyone with an inkling of the...


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning April 22,...

Hailing from Byron Bay, The Buckleys launched their first North American Virtual Tour, on Saturday, 4 April, reaching over 370,000 fans over four ‘virtual tour dates.’



Paul Rea, Coorabell Habitually, board riders keep a good few metres between them and sun lovers who usually spread their towels at the required social distance. So closing Byron’s beaches would make no more sense than, say, shutting down the golf...


Nurses registration

Local nurse, Name withheld I have just received my Nurses Registration invoice for 2020. It has gone up again, to $175. A friend who let her registration go a year ago, as she had retired, was phoned by Lismore Base Hospital and...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The only conspiracy theory you need

Lately I have been busy tackling the conspiracists who, frankly, must be worn out by their fervor. It’s exhausting trying to stay outraged for any length of time. While I think their beliefs are questionable, I do admire their energy! I’m clearly not a conspirasist. 


Echo, Echo, Echo

Pete The Poet (Peter Ryan), Mullumbimby Creek Go Echo, we need you. Free press, not tainted by tyrants and bullies. Amusing and LOCAL.


Bypass destruction

Jan Barham, Broken Head The wetland destruction for the bypass construction is completed, and 140 critically endangered snails were discovered in the works’ footprint. Byron Shire Council’s bypass application stated that the site ‘does not contain a known population of Mitchell’s...


Cartoon of the week – April 22, 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.


Date Night

Miss eating out? It’s important for every couple to make special time for each other, away from the news cycle, and possibly the rest of the family! Harvest are bringing the vibe to your home with a 3 course date night...


Will COVID kill independent brewers?

By S Haslam The larger the brewer, the greater the capital and resources.  I asked Nick Boots, General Manager of Stone & Wood, whether the crisis has strengthened the hand of the biggest corporate brewers? Are a proportion of Australia’s...


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.


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.

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...