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Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

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‘Seven and a bit’ stone

Stone & Wood are thrilled to announce the return of Festival of the Stone to their Byron-based Brewery, Saturday...

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

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.

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.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

July 8, 2020

Issue 35.04

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In this Issue:

The tides of history on our sands

Clarkes Beach, like many other east Australian beaches, is much changed, again. The sand is swept away, exposing reefs and riffles of round rocks.


Activist org Ngara shuts shop

For nearly five years, the Nagara Institute created a space for the critical discussion of progressive ideas and agendas, bringing some of Australia’s foremost thinkers to the Shire.


Lifting the lid on Byron Shire Council’s unauthorised dwelling amnesty

Byron Shire Council (BSC) say they are about to take a ‘tough stance on unauthorised development’. Yet for many, this just seems like Groundhog Day. And for others, another example of the failure of Council to implement compliance on existing unauthorised developments.


Fish kill apology sought

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I demand that Cr Michael Lyon issue a public apology for again slandering me in The Echo (Letters, 1 July) with his false claim that I requested Council staff be fired or prosecuted for killing thousands...


Poo flow you

Duncan Dey, Main Arm Thanks for the article on the new effluent flowpath in Byron Bay. Part V of the Environmental Protection and Assessment Act enables authorities like councils to bypass what some call the green or red tape of development assessment....


Join the upcycling revolution!

Now in its tenth year, Plastic Free July is testament to the appetite of the masses to reduce their negative impact on the planet.


Kollective’s Sunrise DA approval a shemozzle, say residents

Julian Rocks Drive residents in Sunrise are still fuming over Council’s planning process, court mediation and the approval by councillors of a contentious six multi-dwelling development on their street.


Putting a lid on the pothole problem

We laugh and joke about them, and occasionally we curse them. We talk about them over dinner and sometimes threaten to sue the Council when our car suspension systems or tyres are wrecked.



Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale I’m not entirely dismayed about the Scarrabelottis Lookout becoming the site of a deluxe restaurant, because I can imagine how pleasant it would be to have a meal with such wonderful views all around. However, I am a bit...


Cartoon of the week – 8 July, 2020

The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer than 200 words may be cut for the paper. However, longer letters are often published online before or after being published in the paper.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Burn

What inspires you to push past your pain barrier? It’s the question that every personal trainer wants to know. What motivates you? How do you activate the mindset that gets you up at 5.30am when the alarm goes, and into a pair of exercise pants and runners? How does a person resist the temptation to snuggle a little longer in the fluffy warmth of the doona and go back to glorious sleep?


Fifty years a butcher: a Devine life

Vince Devine has been selling top quality meat to locals and newcomers alike for the last 50 years, including running Devine Quality Meats in Mullumbimby for the last 30 years.


Life is boring without pasta!

What happens when you take a cup each of Italy, Holland and Canada, and add a pinch of Berlin? You get flavour filled pasta in Byron Bay! With Italian and Dutch heritage behind him, Daniele Trimarchi is the chef at the Pasta Bowl at the Byron Bay Golf Club, with his German-born partner, Emily Witzel.


Entertainment and Arts in the Byron Shire for the week beginning...

Entertainment and Arts in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 7 July, 2020


Organic Forrest at New Brighton

Some of Dougal Forrest’s earliest memories are of being out in the garden with his mum and dad, and crawling around in the macadamia orchard ‘helping’ to gather the harvest.


Thus Spake Mungo: there’s something about Guy

I have nothing against pop singers, some of them are very nice people, generous, tolerant, kind to children and dogs. And they give pleasure to many Australians…


School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to accept the democratic vote at their...

A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

Apparently, there is another Ocean Shores in another part of the world, and they have deer…

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place for already pampered outsiders to...