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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.

Other News

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

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.

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

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

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling...

Lower the voting age

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was sad, yet heartening (somehow), to read last week’s article from Adel Pheloung, together with the...

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

June 3, 2020

Issue 34.52

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In this Issue:

Go natural

Gabi Giacomin, Ocean Shores I was delighted to receive a letter from Greens MP, Tamara Smith, today reminding people to exercise, spend time in nature, take time away from devices, and care for their mental health. It’s very similar to what...


Fools and fanatics

John Scrivener, Main Arm Lucas Wright (Letters, 13 May) made a number of excellent points that I agree with wholeheartedly. Lucas doesn’t come across as incurious or opposed to questioning authority, so I’m puzzled by his reaction to my observation that...


Shark detection

David Gilet, Byron Bay Some time ago when there were a number of shark attacks in the Ballina and Byron area I wrote to The Echo suggesting that buoys, equipped with radar, could be installed along beaches. The radar could then...


Editorial – Galactic Imperial Empire dumps regional print

All Echo employees empathise with local News Corp employees who face an uncertain future.


Caring, a sackable offence?

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Shock, horror: a bureaucrat who worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Agricultural Development and Food Security section follows the social media pages of animal protection groups! Dr Julie Delforce – a senior sector specialist...


Byron Council’s residential building approvals set to be highest since 2001

Byron Shire Council looks set to exceed last year’s residential building approvals, with 169 approvals given in the July–March period of the financial year so far.


Fast Buck$ on the Greens

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Further to my advertisement in last week’s Echo I can confirm that Sarah Ndiaye did take advantage of the Greens’ affirmative action policy to jump a place for the election ballot, even though the guy she jumped, Matthew...



Cr Sarah Ndiaye, Mullumbimby Thank you to those within the Greens who supported me in the recent pre-selection, and congratulations to Duncan Dey on his win. Affirmative action is a cornerstone principle of the Greens party. It helped us to see Jan...


Time to act for all the people

Early afternoon on the 14 May, 2020 means this is a changing tide. The moon is in the last quarter. It is weeks into the pandemic lockdown, months since the last wildfire and drought here, and years into climate change.


Mullum’s Million March, June 5

A march for ‘freewill and rejecting all forms of tyranny’ is planned Friday June 5 from 3.30pm in Mullumbimby


News Corp scraps print for paid online subs

From June 29, nearly 100 regional newspapers, owned by US citizen and multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch, will cease print operations.


Bay of Mush

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay Yay! The plastic bags containing mashed up paper are no longer to pollute our roads, paths and ultimately the Bay. The real-estate-and-tired-re-hashed-news from the Byron Shire News is finished. I feel sorry for the staff if...



Neil Matterson, Byron Bay The government preferred ‘snap-back’ has started its jarring journey into Byron Bay. For a month and a bit, the lawn area at Main Beach was in pristine condition, both in its verdancy and lack of rubbish. The...


Barrio is back!

It’s like spring – restaurants are opening their doors like flowers blooming in a garden. And patrons are in for a treat when they venture into the post-lockdown Byron Bay. Why not come down for a sunset aperitif at...


The secret to Success Thai is community

Goy and Kan Kingkaew have literally come full circle in the community they have come to call home. Both born in Thailand, Goy was a secretary and Kan was a building contractor in Bangkok. It was the newlywed Kan who...


Develop, develop, develop?

Hilarie Dunn, Eureka What is the Byron Shire Council (BSC) doing to Eureka? The peaceful rural location near Federal is at risk of becoming a development nightmare with a development application (DA) currently before Council that seeks to replace a large...


Stacked to kill

Meg Pickup, Ballina The unveiling of the Australian government’s long-awaited Technology Investment Roadmap for reducing Australia’s carbon emissions over the next 30 years confirms it as a work of fantasy. What would you expect when the committee is stacked with people...


Microchip babies

John Jennings, Numinbah Seventy years ago I could walk down to a red box on a street corner, pop a penny into the box, dial a number and speak to an actual human being. These days I must first spend a week’s...


Cartoon of the week – 3 June, 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...


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 2 June,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 2 June, 2020


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Universal Wage

What is the point of democracy if it means being thrown under the bus? The people are not there to serve the economy. The economy is there to serve the people… and I don’t mean as a dish in the capitalist kitchen.


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...