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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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Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 2021

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.

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

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’.

Bob Stewart appeal date set

The man found guilty of cruelty charges against a pet dog in South Golden Beach will have his fate decided in Lismore in May.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

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...


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...