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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

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Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

July 15, 2020

Issue 35.05

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In this Issue:

No easy path with this virulent pathogen

While New Zealand declares itself COVID-19 free this week, Australia, particularly Victoria and now NSW residents, are bracing themselves for fresh cases of the virus.


Where the shit flows

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads Mr Dey’s letter (8 July) on the proposed new flow path for treated effluent leaving West Byron STP (WBSTP) raises some very serious issues. Why was this proposal not put before the Water Waste and Sewer Advisory Committee...


CSG crunch time

Gabriela Mueller, Cumbalum The Pilliga State Forest is the largest temperate woodland west of the Great Dividing Range, covering more than 500,000ha. It is one of the most bio-diverse areas of Australia, and home to many vulnerable species of fauna and...


Support for natural burial grounds sought

Zenith Virago from the NSW Charity, The Natural Death Care Centre, is seeking support from those wishing to be buried in a Byron natural burial ground.


Bluesfest drops big 2021 lineup

Bluesfest say they have released their largest ever first artists announcement.


Tale of business trading on COVID-19 times

While Byron Bay clearly had extra people on the streets last week, there were other areas of the Far North Coast that also swelled in numbers because of the school holidays.


The COVID-19 doof!

Graeme Wilkins, Alstonville The idiots who organised the doof party at Wilson’s Creek, and the idiots who attended, should be totally ashamed of themselves... but they won’t be. They’ll just line up for medical care if their lack of social distancing...



Meg Pickup, Ballina July 19 marks seven years since Kevin Rudd’s fateful announcement that, from that date, any people seeking asylum who arrived by boat in Australian waters would never be settled here as refugees. Since then, these already traumatised people...


Asking for trouble

Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay Anyone picking a fight with Dailan Pugh is asking for unnecessary trouble. For those readers of The Echo who have not had the pleasure of dealing with Mr Pugh, I can assure you he is very well-informed,...


Paradise SOLD!

Anthony Stante, Coorabell The ink isn’t even dry on the development application approval and the fine dining restaurant development at Scarrabellottis Lookout is up for sale. Surprise surprise… ‘A once in a lifetime opportunity with multiple development options’ according to the...


Cartoon of the week – 15 July, 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...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Entitled Generation

We do not like to be held accountable. It was not our fault. We didn’t do it. This broken world was not ours to fix. We didn’t fuck it… well, maybe a little. Maybe we had shares in BHP. Maybe we bought clothing made by children in sweatshops in the developing world. Maybe we used airplanes like taxis. Maybe we just coasted on the path of least resistance, instead of veering off onto paths less travelled.


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

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 July, 2020


Interview with Tex Perkins

For a lot of musicians the COVID-19 lockdown has been devastating. With their live gigs cancelled many were looking down the barrel of a year with very little certainty. Tex Perkins was about to head off on a European tour with The Beasts of Bourbon, and he had a new album with Matt Walker to tour but that had to get put on hold. But Perko has been making magic in them there hills, with the creation of a unique live show, called The Show, shot in a rustic shed on the family property. What he and his crew have created is an intimate, yet rowdy evening of music, with a special guest each month, familiar faces, and new discoveries. While everyone was going on Zoom streaming from the couch, Tex was making good TV.


Evan lands on his feet at the New Brighton Farmers Market

Story & photo by Kate O’Neill New Brighton Farmers Market was one of the first places Evan Anderson visited when he came to the Byron Shire as a traveller in his early 20s. ‘Within the first few days of arriving I somehow...


Still brewing up the good stuff in Byron Bay

Although things have changed at the Byron Bay Brewery, rest assured that they are still busily brewing the beer you love. Like so many live music and hospitality venues, the past few months have been extremely tough on the Byron Bay Brewery...


From cookies to chocolate – life is sweet for Kathy 

Eve Jeffery Working in retail as a Buyer in Chicago and Cape Town, Kathy Quinn was looking for something else to do when she came up with a random idea to start a cookie business. ‘Liking to bake cookies was my only...


A Simple Photo Competition in Bruns

The annual Simple Pleasures Photo Competition was run a little differently this year with all entries being sent in electronically either by email, on Facebook or tagged on Instagram.


Thus Spake Mungo: the second wave

If this isn’t the dreaded second wave of COVID-19, it will do until the real thing comes along.


Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

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

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...