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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

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...

Byron Shire award winners

Natural Death Care Centre founder and V-Day event co-organiser, Zenith Virago, is the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year. 

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

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

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’.

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.

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.

July 1, 2020

Issue 35.03

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In this Issue:

Fish disaster

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket Regarding the Tallow fish kill and my dismay at the attacks Dailan made on staff regarding the event. The main point is that when managing an organisation, admonishing and blaming staff for mistakes, rather than ensuring...


Secret trials

Tom Tabart, Drysdale, Vic The Morrison government is busy overseeing secret trials and has Dutton pushing to enhance his already overloaded trove of repressive legislation. With the connivance of the pathetic ALP they are moving to limit senate motions in order to...


Nothing funny about Fast Buck$

Cr Sarah Ndiaye , Mullumbimby Regarding Fast Buck$ and the Editors note (10 June 2020). There are no special names for him, and there is nothing funny about it. For three and a half years John Anderson has intentionally made a...


Government in a muddle

Doug Luke, Coordinator VOHL How about some joined up thinking? Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) has major concerns about the lifting of one of the COVID-19 restrictions. The NSW government website states, ‘You may travel to regional NSW for a holiday. Up...



B Joyce, Brunswick Heads As we all enjoyed restaurants and haircuts in the last couple of weeks, are we getting complacent about the risks? Here are some post-lockdown observations from Mullum, Bangalow, Bruns and Byron: crowded shops; strangers shaking hands; hair stylist...


Sunrise Estate review

Jeff Harrison, Sunrise Estate Many Sunrise residents will welcome the Council’s review into pedestrian safety and parking issues in Sunrise (Echo, 24 June). We have seen increasing degradation of our streetscapes over recent years, particularly with the Kollective’s exploitation of the...


Trashed beaches

Celeste Beves-Brown, Lennox Head In response to trashed beaches; we would really like to see a ban of 4WDs on Seven Mile Beach. People in 4WDs have no regard for others and their actions can be quite dangerous for children and dogs. I...


Climate wars – vested interests shape politics while Australia burns

In November 2007, with enormous enthusiasm, Australian voters elected a Kevin Rudd-led Labor government in a landslide, with a huge mandate to implement an emissions trading scheme (ETS) to deal with anthropogenic climate change.


Editorial – Tourism sector unsupportive of Mayor’s visitor fund

A Voluntary Visitor Fund (VVF) to entice the tourism sector to contribute funds to Council appears to have been a failure, according to a staff report in the June 25 Council agenda.


A mum and daughter summit

Jaclyn Cunningham says she became passionate about creating the retreat after seeing ‘high rates of anxiety in teenage girls – this sense they needed to prove themselves.


ABC Slashes & Burns! (Much worse than mere cuts…)

Doug Foskey, Tregeagle As one of Scomo's quiet (but extremely concerned) Australians, who loves sitting on my verandah listening to my ABC 7.45am news, I am appalled that the government can cut funding even further for our already stretched ABC. The...


National Parks defends claims of insufficient resourcing for Broken Head

Illegal camping and parking at Broken Head is being addressed, says NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, yet resident Alison Drover has told Echonetdaily it’s ‘not good enough’.


How Bay FM is dusting itself off from COVID-19

Many regional newspapers have now disappeared, and the ABC is being subjected to severe funding cuts by a conservative government clearly in the pocket of Rupert Murdoch and other big business. As such, community radio has never been more important.


The loss of local newspapers and what it means to the...

How dare this American billionaire destroy so many vital community assets in Australia for the sake of saving a fraction of one per cent of his fortune.



B Joyce, Brunswick Heads As we all enjoyed restaurants and haircuts in the last couple of weeks, are we getting complacent about the risks? Here are some post-lockdown observations from Mullum, Bangalow, Bruns and Byron: crowded shops; strangers shaking hands negotiating a...


Scarrabelottis lookout –why?

Nat Clarke, Eureka I don’t understand why all councillors but Cr Cate Coorey voted to approve a commercial enterprise next to this public location. There are many reasons why it is inappropriate, which rather than list now, I would like to...


Over-development – we’re all in this together

BE Brooks, Byron Bay Thank you to Basil for your commitment in regards to the building height standard. I feel it would be fair to say no-one wants the Byron Shire to end up like the Gold Coast. The development of Habitat...


Cartoon of the week – 1 July, 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.


Always summer at Loft Byron Bay

You can’t help feeling like it’s always summer at Loft Byron Bay, with Main Beach glinting in the distance, Loft always feels warm and breezy – even in winter. With the contemporary Australian, all-day casual menu and dining, the share...


Sitting on top of the world, or at least Byron Bay

Eve Jeffery Hot air ballooning has a rich history – it is the original form of aviation and was pioneered in France in 1783, so it seems only fitting that the first form of flight and the first rays of light...


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 1 July,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 1 July, 2020


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Welcome to News Porn

They’ve set the ABC up to cut itself, and then hold them responsible for the drastic changes; Silly Aunty, see what you’ve done now!


Thus Spake Mungo: ahh the Spike

Australia awoke last week to the strains of Spike Milligan’s poignant refrain, ‘I’m walking backwards to Christmas.’ It may not be all the way to Christmas, but it could be even further – well into next year, and perhaps beyond that.


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...