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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 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...

Koala advocate is Tweed Citizen of the Year

Murwillumbah local Jenny Hayes was named the 2020 Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year at Tuesday’s Australia Day Awards...

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’.

When the endless summer turns sour

Ben Mallinson was paddling for a routine right-breaking wave at The Pass when the dark-haired surfer suddenly cut across in front of him from the outside.

What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

Freedom of speech

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

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.


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...