23.4 C
Byron Shire
January 29, 2021

Latest News

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.

Other News

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

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.

Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

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...

April 29, 2020

Issue 34.47

Download PDF (13MB)

Jump to:

Local News | Byron Shire Council Notices | Comment | Letters | Mothers Day | Uncharted Waters | Seven | The Good Life | Good Taste | Echo Property | Service Directory | Classifieds | Backlash

In this Issue:

Love your mum body

Women are at war with their bodies. From when we are very young we are encouraged to view our lovely bodies with suspicion and disgust.


Exposing plandemic

John Scrivener, Main Arm Robert Podhajsky (Letters, 22 April) identified a significant source of data that helps reveal the true nature of the response to this year’s viral pandemic. That is, comparative rates of viral infection and mortality relative to...


Going green during lockdown

Have you thought about making lifestyle changes for a greener lifestyle, but just haven’t had the time or the energy?


Please explain

Simon Kane, Ocean Shores I’m confused about how my partner can’t go to her grandfather’s funeral, but the Byron and New Brighton Farmers Markets are still chock-a-block with definitely more than ten people every week. Can someone please enlighten me?   • Ed:...


US wet market

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby Two early cases of COVID-19 in early December in Washington State detected through autopsy. Hunting season in that state for deer is around November to December. Could the Chinese government be right in saying the virus originated in...


5G and belief

Corrina Beacham, Northern Rivers and Australians for Safe Technology  The federal government’s $9m campaign to ‘re-educate’ us about 5G safety seems to have devolved into rehashing the tired ‘5G dangers are just conspiracy theory’ line, now with the added notion...


Mordor foists Tower of Sauron on Mullum

Society really doesn’t do science well. Being outraged is an easier achievement.


NSW councils to receive $395m stimulus package from govt

NSW councils are set to receive a $395m economic stimulus package from the state government, in an effort ‘to save local jobs and support communities to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19’.


Libraries essential

I am writing as coordinator of a longstanding Byron Bay book club who were meeting monthly at the [email protected] Resort, and currently via Zoom. The vast majority of the members rely on our wonderful library service to access their...


Food for the vulnerable running out

The Byron Community Centre is urgently seeking financial support from the community so that it can continue to deliver food to locals in need during the COVID-19 crisis.



G Graham, Byron Bay Forty square metres for thirty students plus one teacher. Allow ten square metres for access at the front of the room, and the teacher’s desk. This leaves one square metre per student. This is a classroom in...



Paul Jones, Butler Street Community Network Inc The Mayor’s response last week to the outrageous critical habitat destruction of possibly the largest recorded population of Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail as a ‘good thing’ beggars belief. This is now a crime against the...


Dodgy developer

John Lazarus, Byron Bay And the Dodgy Developer of the Year Award goes to… Byron Shire Council for their blundering, lack of assessment, keeping the community in the dark until the destruction is done, bypass development.  No private developer would get...


Byron Mayor given emergency powers by Council

Byron Council has given Mayor Simon Richardson the power to make unilateral council decisions during COVID-19 if he deems it to be 'in the interests of the community'.


Parking to remain a key focus at Butler St Reserve

Finding a park in Byron Bay may be like shooting fish in a barrel at the moment, but Council is clearly preparing for the return of traffic chaos once social distancing laws are lifted.


Anti-5G campaigners vow to continue the fight

The fight against Telstra’s installation of 5G in Mullumbimby looks set to continue, with campaigners maintaining a 24-hour presence at the site and lodging a formal complaint with the communication's watchdog.


West Byron rises again

Cate Coorey, Byron Bay In September 2014, Byron Residents’ Group drafted an open letter in this paper to the landowners of West Byron, signed and paid for by many local people. Here is a portion of it: ‘We have asked you...


West Byron will destroy koala habitat

Linda Sparrow, President Bangalow Koalas If you care about the plight of our koalas and other wildlife after a season of hell with the prolonged drought and bushfires – we need your help. Our Byron coastal koalas are heading for extinction...


Cartoon of the week – April 29, 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.


Seize the future

Ross Kendall, Mullumbimby The most sustainable transport options we have right now are walking and cycling, but people advocating railways for the Shire are actually working against their full deployment. State governments have said they will fund a pedestrian/cycleway along the...


Police discretion 

Ian Harris, Mullumbimby To the police officer in Mullumbimby who pulled me over for driving an unregistered car on Saturday – thank you! I had paid the rego and CTP online on Friday, but when he pulled me over on Saturday,...



Jeff Johnson, Ballina Shire Councillor As a local business owner and resident I am sick of paying up to 50 per cent more for petrol than residents only an hour or so to our north. With a number of vehicles...


Safety ignored

Ewan Willis, Main Arm It is an amazing thing to see the process of Council in action. Like most people who attend a planning meeting I had an outcome that I was seeking. I was asking Council not to approve...


Music and Culture for Byron Shire for the week beginning, 28...

The good people of Cunning Stunts know how to lift spirits – the team behind Curious and Nudge are presenting a FREE live DJ mix-and-stream full of fun, joy and dance shenanigans, on Saturday 2 May!


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: My Last Post

It’s dark, I’m drinking tea. I hear a lone bugle play The Last Post. Its mournful notes float in the darkness high above my small town, lingering in the silence. This year is the year no one can gather.


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...