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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.

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Biden Inauguration: speech, song and poetry herald new era for America

‘The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.’ After four years of turmoil, Joe Biden offered hope and calm to the American people in his first speech as President.

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.

Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

Holiday let reality

Doug Luke – Coordinator VOHL, Woodburn John Gudgeon, president of the Holiday Letting Organisation Byron, can’t face the reality that...

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Freedom of speech

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia – Byron Bay  Great to see the deputy prime minister declaring his...

June 17, 2020

Issue 35.01

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In this Issue:

Questionable racism

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores I resent being lumped in with the inference of collective racism simply because I’m ‘white’, and because 432 Indigenous people have been killed in custody since the multi-million-dollar royal commission and authorities have got away with it. Is...


I have a dream

Fiona Long, Mullumbimby That we all agree to hand back the two hospital sites in Byron and Mullumbimby to the Arakwal people to help strengthen their community. Aboriginal housing in Byron Shire is shamefully undervalued and inadequate. These two sites could...


Now’s the time to get localised

The fragility of the global supply chain is clear for all to see. The conversation around localisation is the conversation of our time – it’s what will make us resilient to the unpredictable impacts of a pandemic.


Experts at odds with local Nats MLC over gas expansion

Experts at odds with Liberal National party plans to lock in gas exploration and production over the next 30 years.


Vale Jesse Blackadder 1964 – 2020

Our cherished friend, Jesse Blackadder, died last Wednesday, six months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


Reach for the stars

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby I’m looking forward to Starlink. It will operate with solar power in space, unlike the terrestrial internet which consumes more electricity than some countries. Starlink = reduced emissions! It will have small latency, higher speed, better quality video, and...



Deb and Mick Stacey, Ballina I have to agree with Woody Sampson re lockdown: there hasn’t been one. Every day on TV we’ve seen police and politicians disregarding social distancing. Still no one has taken the rap for the Ruby Princess...


Editorial – Nonviolent activist of the week

The writings on civilian-based defence by US academic Gene Sharp (1928–2018) have been used around the globe, and not just by activists against tyrannical regimes.


Bruns Chamber ramps up opposition to paid parking

With Council’s push for paid parking on Brunswick Heads, the town’s business chamber are ramping up their opposition.


Helping communities cope through multiple crises

Looking at how communities are responding and what help they need to build resilience and capacity to cope now and into the future is a key aim of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) and its recently launched Resilience and Regeneration Fund.


Local artist calls for living wage

Creatives need the community to get behind them. That’s the message from Emmy winning and three times Grammy nominated recording artist, Toni Childs.


Riding for the Disabled back after COVID-19, help wanted

Horses play an important role in the lives of those with a disability, whether it was one they were born with, or one they acquired.


Time to run up that there old mountain

The annual Chinny Charge up to the top of Mullumbimby's Mount Chincogan sits is heading your way and registrations have opened for runners and walkers alike.


Paid parking Bruns

Michelle Begg, Ocean Shores According to Byron Shire Council Mayor, Simon Richardson, on ABC Northern Rivers radio on 11 June: Bushfires + the corona virus + no Blues and Splendour in 2020 = ‘almost cataclysmic’ for Byron Shire businesses. Why then...


Development opportunities before Byron Shire councillors Today

Nineteen landowners have expressed an interest in having their land designated for residential land developed for urbanisation, according to the Draft Residential Strategy Submissions Review Report.


ABC funding

Jill Keogh, Ocean Shores Hands up all those who watch The Drum, Insiders, or dial up for Fran Kelly’s Breakfast on RN, rely on Norman Swan’s COVID-19 podcast, or who go to ABC News for info on multitudinous subjects? You may be...


Lennox IGA gives a helping hand during COVID-19

The changing face of 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic saw many local businesses raising the bar in service and their commitment to looking after the community.


Closing newspapers leaves communities vulnerable

Alan Veacock, President, Ballina Country Labor With the demise of our local print media titles, the Advocate and The Northern Star, the community no longer has a voice with which to hold our locally elected representative to account, as well as being...


Sky’s the limit as Byron’s Greens Councillors go highrise

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry Erosion of public interest and the community values that underpin the building height standard were neatly captured by Neil Matterson (Letters, 10 June). The standard is a reflection of community values and the single most important planning...


Cartoon of the week – 17 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 for the Byron Shire for the week beginning 16 June,...

Entertainment for the Byron Shire for the week beginning 16 June, 2020


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: You Don’t Exist

You can’t. Because according to one of my absolutely favourite stark-raving-mad fucking insane conspiracy theories: Australia doesn’t exist. And yep, some people believe that shit. Apparently we’re imaginary.


Markets have the good juice on citrus

It’s peak citrus time, which is great news. Not only are these delicious juicy fruits at their best flavour-wise, but they are also packed with vitamin C to help ward off winter colds, naturally. Take your pick of a great...


Thus Spake Mungo: The revolt

Shock, horror. Someone has tested positive to COVID-19 after the Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne and Peter Dutton is terrified – his worst fears have been realised, he hyperventilated. 


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 case for a rail trail,...

Interview with Phil Manning of Chain

Phil Manning picked up the guitar at 15. He’s been playing now for nearly 58 years. This year, Chain play the Byron Blues Festival.

Interview with Laura Bloom

Writer Laura Bloom has just released The Women and The Girls her latest novel with Allen & Unwin. Set in the inner west of Sydney in the mid ‘70s the book details the story of three women who have left their husbands, taken their children (mainly girls) and set up a share house.

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.