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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Interview with Bob Vegas

The glorious Bob Downe is back with a brand new show: Viva Bob Vegas! at the Brunswick Picture House. He gave Seven the Downe low…


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

May 6, 2020

Issue 34.48

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In this Issue:

Biodiversity plan on the table

A colourful, info-packed, 94-page strategy from Council is before the public! It’s a draft 10-year biodiversity plan for Byron Shire, and those who know this area well would be aware of its very special and unique biodiversity. And as most...


Non-violent action, for the love of forests

Mandy Nolan The violence we do to the natural world is preceded by the violence we do to each other, and the means of change must prefigure the ends. Such ideas have informed Kelvin Davies for over thirty years in...


Battle of the traffic assessments over large Byron DA

Residents are keeping up the pressure over developer Graham Dunn’s plans to use a narrow residential laneway as the entry/exit point for the traffic exiting from his massive multi-level mixed use proposal


Brick walls or rubber bands? The nature of ecological limits

The concept of a limit can invoke the image of a brick wall; when driving at high speeds, sudden death can occur with one small error in steering.


Student challenges – and rewards, in iso

Parents of Australia are learning a new respect for teachers as they walk a mile in their shoes during the COVID-19 lockdown.


5G thrust upon a sceptical community #1

Corrina Beacham, Mullumbimby 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 that if you oppose 5G, you...


5G thrust upon a sceptical community #2

Graham Mathews, Possum Creek I read, with a distinct lack of enthusiasm, the front page of last week’s Echo. Once again, we have witnessed Telstra’s remarkable lack of sensitivity in its handling of these installation/upgrade issues, particularly in areas such...


Plans afoot for Minyon Falls

Lydia Tumbilis, Goonengerry As a local resident of the Minyon Falls area I wish to draw the community’s attention to the proposed changes that NPWS have planned for the Falls area. See: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/park-management/community-engagement/minyon-falls-master-plan. Unfortunately, most of us have not seen these...


Byron Bypass a joke?

Janét Moyle, New Brighton I so love it when you guys put funny things in the paper like April Fools articles and bogus classifieds. This edition just out, you have really floored me with your humour. That joke on page 3 about...


Bypass PR and Greens’ principles

Paul Jones, Byron Bay How truly extraordinary to see a full double page public relations campaign by the Byron Council across both local papers, complete with cutesy snail graphic and its little road tunnel. This is significant public funds being utilised...


COVID-19 crisis by the numbers #1

Damian Byers, Byron Bay John Scrivener (Letters, 29 April) asserts that the global COVID-19 pandemic is a ‘fraudulent’ and ‘manufactured’ crisis, which is not real. His argument seems to be that repressed data shows that the rates of viral infection...


COVID-19 crisis by the numbers #2

Anton Vanderbyl, Mullumbimby Despite the plethora of COVID-19 paranoia presently pumped out by the mainstream media, the actual evidence suggests the effects are really no worse than the seasonal flu – 90 per cent of people are recovering without medical...


COVID-19 crisis by the numbers #3

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores The top 5 causes of death in 2018 in Australia account for above 57,000 deaths. Number 12 on the list, death from Influenza and pneumonia, is 3102 deaths. Then there is all the illness that people suffer...


Parking aplenty

Wally Hueneke, Byron Bay It’s great to see the beach car park empty. Dig it up and add it to the park – what a wonderful vista we could have.


Turnbull Book

Keith Duncan, Pimlico The release of Malcolm Turnbull’s tell-all book about the extreme right star-chamber controlling the inner sanctums of the Liberal party, (albeit by the pirates within the Liberal Party), has come and gone without surprising anyone. We well remember...


Railway lines

Chris Abraham, Mullum Creek I refer to Ross Kendall’s letter on 29 April and feel the need to dispute some of his contentions. Railways provided the only form of connection except for shipping, Australia wide, until well into the 20th century. Although...


All hail Aunty!

Jill Keogh, Ocean Shores A cantata of shout-outs to our wonderful Aunty ABC who has kept us informed, connected, reassured and entertained through recent times of bushfire, drought and pestilence! In particular, to Dr Norman Swan with his daily updates on...


Cartoon of the week – May 7, 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.


Editorial: Why power corrupts

What’s your relationship with power and authority?


Local surf clubs looking toward next season

It’s been a tough year on a lot of levels and no different for surf lifesavers.


Anglicare: permanent welfare increase essential for housing affordability

Increases to welfare payments under COVID-19 must be made permanent so that all locals can afford a decent place to live, a new rental snapshot has found.


Generosity flows amidst the COVID crisis

Locals have been digging deep to help the Byron Community Centre support the Shire's most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis.


Residents fight Byron solar farm plan

A group of Coorabell residents are fighting Byron Council’s plans for a solar farm at Myocum on the grounds that it will ruin the iconic views from the escarpment out over the hinterland.


Bayleaf and Suncoast delivering the noms

Eve Jeffery A woman arrives at Suncoast Fresh. ‘I’ve got some more stuff from IGA!’ Dan Readman, from Bayleaf in Byron, comes out. ‘Great, I’ll grab it.’ ‘I think you’ll need a trolley,’ says the woman. By the time Dan gets...


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 5 May,...

Drive IN Art The BSA (Byron School of Art) in Mullumbimby has come up with a unique way of showing art during this challenging time of social distancing. They are using their shopfront window as a ‘mini’ gallery. ‘It’s a temporary...


Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...