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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

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

May 27, 2020

Issue 34.51

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In this Issue:

A land going under

Chris Simpson, Alstonville Whilst the COVID-19 monster threatens to destroy our wellbeing, our magnificent land ‘down under’ continues to suffer deep and profoundly serious social pressures. This includes high levels of financial stress causing widespread marriage- and family-breakdown, domestic violence, increased...


Public interest

Jo Faith, Newtown In the spirit of public interest I‘m raising questions around the Byron bypass and bus station. The bus interchange location and development keeps changing, and with the recent discovery of an Aboriginal midden, will Byron Council uphold its stated...


Electric Byron

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby It’s 2022. Byron has launched the Electric Byron tourism campaign; presenting Byron as a zero emissions 2025 contender. A sign on Ewingsdale Road confirms ‘Byron Welcomes Electric Vehicles’. Solar panel awnings and roofs are being installed over several...


Manufactured crisis

John Scrivener, Main Arm In his critique of my take on the global lockdown, Damian Byers (Letters, 6 May) misrepresented my opinion by implying that I said the pandemic wasn’t real. The virus and the response to it are two different...


Social distancing

Tony Campbell, Mullumbimby So apparently the danger has passed, if you believe what you see in and around Mullum. Social distancing seems to have become passé on our streets and in our places of business. People hugging, eschewing the dangers, with words...


Cruelty to refugees

Meg Pickup, Ballina The first part of the Miriam Margolyes Almost Australian series on television highlighted the cruelty of Australia’s refugee policy. Her interview with a young man from Afghanistan was heart wrenching. He came to Australia by boat, as an...


Gulgan Road gaz0ebo

Clive Jeffery, Mullumbimby Seriously? Has the decision to relocate the picnic gazebo opposite Uncle Tom’s Pies been made by the same committee responsible for the Bayshore Drive roundabout sculpture debacle? It has all the makings. A perfectly good and sound octagonal gazebo structure...


Public native forests

Johanna Evans, Kyogle After enduring the extreme conditions of last summer it seems like an increasingly stupid move by Forestry NSW to continue with plans to log bushfire and drought-decimated public native forests such as Myrtle State Forest south of Casino. There...


Byron Council needs to hear its critics, says former mayor, NSW...

Former mayor and NSW Greens MLC, Jan Barham, has called upon Byron Shire councillors to make public submissions during their meetings publicly available


Health boss says region is prepared for virus clusters

Wayne Jones, chief executive Northern NSW Local Health District, says he is extremely positive about the way our region has adhered to the COVID-19 regulations and how well health services have adapted to be ‘COVID ready’.


Editorial: Ready for the upright position…

There wasn’t space in other parts of the paper to cover all the important planning decisions that were made last Thursday by our glorious and courageous councillors.


The Stop Adani convoy’s first birthday

It was recently the first anniversary of the Stop Adani convoy. A convoy that culminated in a 5,000-strong rally in front of the new parliament house on 5 May, 2019.


Forestry Corp face traditional custodians over north coast logging resumption

As logging resumes following the recent devastating fires, calls are increasing for protection of Nambucca State Forest as one of ‘the last areas of unburnt forests on the state’s north coast’.


Despite being hit hard by virus, Bluesfest offers ticket refunds

Bluesfest management say ticket holders will now have options and a time frame for refunds, after April’s event was cancelled, three weeks out from the festival.


Festival of COVID-19

Oliver Dunne, Byron Bay In the past few days, the NSW government appears to have changed direction on managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, this has left many who had praised its performance and its ‘slow and steady’ strategy feeling...


Not human habitat

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Does Ballina Mayor Wright want the drumlines to stay and shark nets to come back? What we humans must realise is that the ocean is the sea creatures’ habitat. Most surfers know and respect this. The shark...


Byron Councillors – call out the DA at Eureka

Geoffrey Cotton, Eureka Recently, a development application (DA) was lodged that threatens some of the state’s most valuable farmland at 149 Federal Drive, Eureka. The DA, lodged by EGS Investments Pty Ltd, seeks to convert a viable operating macadamia orchard and...


Cartoon of the week – 27 May, 2020

Letters to the editor 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. The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer...


It’s the year to thank a midwife

It’s the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and Priscylla, mum of four, including a six-week-old bub, says she wouldn’t be without her midwife.


Welcome back!

Many venues across the nation are breathing a huge sigh of relief as restrictions have eased enough for them to, at the very least, get the wheels back in motion for businesses that have been closed for weeks. Stone & Wood Brewing Co has created a whole new concept to set up the ‘Welcome Back’ option.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 May,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 May, 2020


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Gift of Corona

What if covid-19 is the solution we needed? What if the lessons we’ve learned from managing a global pandemic can save us from climate change?...


My life was saved by COVID-19

A Far North Coast woman says her life was saved when COVID-19 caused the closures of her local club and her access to the pokies.


Thus Spake Mungo: saving face

In the end, it was all about saving face. The dodgy compromise Resolution to set up an inquiry over the origins of the novel coronavirus left everyone claiming a win.


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...