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Follow the buck$

JK Mckenna, Burringbar Give Fast Buck$ his own column in the paper. Let him speak. Let him be heard. Let’s also...

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Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane...

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

Unauthorised dwelling capital of the world!

Could Main Arm’s title as the Unauthorised Dwelling Capital of the World be under threat?

Step up, Ben

Martin Corben, Lennox Head With the cancellation of Bluesfest now would be a good time for the NSW state government’s...

June 24, 2020

Issue 35.02

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In this Issue:

Dementia failure?

Meg Pickup, Ballina I have cared for a family member with dementia so am shocked Dementia Australia (DA) will ditch their physical presence in Tweed and terminate the Diversity and Inclusion Officer position. Vital support for people with dementia, and their carers,...


The right-wing extremist and the anti-vax and 5G protester

Ms Magda Whale, Suffolk Park As a resident of Byron Bay for nearly 30 years I am dismayed that Byron Shire is known as the anti-5G and anti-vax capital of Australia. My dismay is not only related to my scepticism of...


Lennox: business and people coming back 

With businesses in Lennox Head slowly returning to the new normal, the Lennox Chamber of Commerce is continuing with plans that began pre-pandemic.


Paid parking at Brunswick Heads

Paul Brennan, Brunswick Heads The Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce maintains that paid parking in Brunswick Heads is not wanted. Have they conducted a survey of the permanent residents of the town? I have been a permanent resident of Brunswick for six...


Bruns parking goalposts moved, says chamber

Senior Council staff have defended the way traffic data is analysed, after the Brunswick Heads chamber of commerce claimed the term ‘full capacity’ is defined as an occupancy of 90 per cent, not 100 per cent.


Drop in Byron Shire greenhouse gas emissions owing to lockdown

Electricity emissions in Byron Shire were reduced by 21 per cent in April this year, while private transport emissions were estimated to have reduced by 50 per cent to 75 per cent over the month of April.


Toilet surprise

Gabi Giacomin, Ocean Shores I popped into the Brunswick public toilets last week and got such a lovely surprise. They had been renovated to a first world standard. While the bickering was unfolding between Jan Barham, MP Tamara Smith and Byron Council...


Greens-dominated council paves paradise – again…

It is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt, tranquil spots that is beloved by local people and visitors to the Byron Shire. Allowing a cafe to be built here is a tragedy made real by the greed of developers, and the failure of councillors and Council staff to protect the public interest in the face of these endless development challenges.


Stand in shame

Ken Ohlsson, Ocean Shores What a crazy time we live in, when tearing down statues of historical figures seems a good idea for some to prove black lives matter. History cannot be changed by obliterating the memory of tyrants who brought...


Community showgrounds

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby Thanks to Cheryl Tyler for bringing up an important community issue in last week’s letters. The Mullumbimby Showground is a beautiful, peaceful place for families, kids, dogwalkers and everyone to visit and enjoy. Except when cars speed through...


Paid parking for the whole shire

A Hunter, Bangalow The whole Shire should have paid parking. The benefits of which would be welcomed by all residents – better roads, and visitors paying their way so the ratepayers of our Shire get more bang for their buck.


Tallow fish kill

M Clarke, South Golden Beach So Mr Lyon, obviously there's no need to hold anybody to account for the death of thousands of animals? Or for acting contrary to licences and established best management practices? It should never have happened. It should never...


Trashed beaches

Bugal Bee, Ballina In response to your Beaches being trashed, but who is responsible? article. We are descendants of the Nyangbul Bundjalung people who call the area of Ballina, Lennox Head and South Ballina home. We too are concerned about the...


Cartoon of the week – 24 June, 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.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 24 June,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 24 June, 2020


Adapting and surviving: Wharf Bar & Restaurant 

Eve Jeffery Situated in one of the most enviable places on the far north coast, Wharf Bar & Restaurant in Ballina was one of the businesses who changed the way they served food during the pandemic. Even though they had to...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: An Untidy Woman

‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’.  That quote has often been attributed to Einstein, but he didn’t say it. His wife did. It’s not relativity theory, it’s domestic drudgery.


Thus Spake Mungo: Bloody Victorians

Déjà vu all over again. In the dim, dark ages before I even arrived in Canberra, I was writing stories about the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party


A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for maintaining her house in a...

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.

You Donne good

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I’d like to thank whoever decided to reprint John Donne’s beautiful poem ‘No Man is an Island’ on the Backlash page. I...

Augmented Reality gives local art exhibition a high-tech twist

A Byron Bay art gallery is seeking to bring paintings to life in its new exhibition, by making Augmented Reality technology part of the experience.