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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.

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Australia Day Warning from your local SLSC

Surf Life Saving New South Wales has issued a warning to beachgoers to heed safety advice after a huge weekend on beaches, with heatwave conditions and large swells forecast for today.

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day...

New look and feel for Echonetdaily readers

Every old Echonetdaily is renewed again – the face of our online presence has had a lift as we...

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

The light within emerges from the ashes

Massimiliano Guerrisi will never forget the sight of his Bega Valley home being devoured during the Black Summer bushfires.

Response to ‘A short history of our rail corridor debate’

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry The article A short history of our rail corridor debate is better termed a history of the...

July 22, 2020

Issue 35.06

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It’s back – Ewingsdale over 55s proposed around hospital

An over 55s estate behind the Byron hospital on Ewingsdale Road is again being proposed, this time by ASX-listed corporation Ingenia Communities.


Editorial – Future food that doesn’t cost the Earth

‘Civilisation is in a race between education and catastrophe’, H. G. Wells once said. One ongoing catastrophe – and there are many – is the uncertainty of food supply for the planet’s seven billion odd humans.


Shopping for a new religion? Here’s one where Gaia is the...

In the absence of a ‘religion devoted to a healthy environment and a sustainable human civilisation’, environmental scientist and author Guy Lane decided to start one.


Resilient Byron is seeking volunteer team leaders

A not for profit organisation which aims to create local resilience to the diverse impacts of the climate emergency are seeking volunteer team leaders.


Trump as cornered feral cat, mayhem looms

America’s presidential election is just 15 weeks away… Today, the Dis-united States of America – aka world’s ‘richest’ country – has nearly four million cases of COVID-19, and over 150,000 deaths attributed to the virus.


Terry Agnew buys Villa World’s Byron property

Representatives for wealthy Sydney-based developer, Terry Agnew, have told Echonetdaily that his company, NSPT Pty Ltd, now owns all shares in Villa World Byron Pty Ltd.


Avoid non-essential travel, social gatherings: Health Dept

The recent case of COVID-19 detected at Ballina-Byron Airport appears to have involved a young woman wearing a face mask, raising hopes that the virus may not have spread into the community.


Dangerous territory

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry Your editorial on the novel coronavirus last week; ‘No easy path with this virulent pathogen’, waded into dangerous territory. While you did well to identify certain hurdles, and pointed to some fun facts, you faltered towards the end while...


Bruns homeless moved on by police, Council

Illegal campers have been allowed to remain opposite the Brunswick Heads Surf Club over recent months, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Mullumbimby: old hospital site

Caroline Bass, Mullumbimby Hospital Action Group (MHAG) Many of us over the past few months have been concerned to know how plans are progressing for the development of our precious community asset.  We have watched the site being cleared of...


Paid parking and the future of Brunswick Heads

John Circosta, Brunswick Heads Recent comments in The Echo indicate a divide between Council and Brunswick Heads business owners/residents regarding parking meters. Opposition is understandably passionate. Council needs revenue, businesses fear losing trade, and residents face a fee for ‘exempt’ parking. What...


Illegal dwellings

Asphyxia, Byron Shire In response to Lifting the lid on Byron Shire Council’s unauthorised dwelling amnesty, I write to support the comment that ‘if you come forward, you enter a potential bureaucratic nightmare. It is so convoluted and expensive and can...


Creating the best for the good girls and boys

By Eve Jeffery They say, if you’re lucky, at least once in your life a dog comes along and changes everything. For Donna Lorenz, now Chief Dog Lover at I Love a Dog, that agent for change was a chocolate...


Great value, service, atmosphere, and the X factor

By Eve Jeffery Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Utku Ayhan moved to Melbourne 18 years ago. ‘I had been in the corporate world, which almost crushed my spirit. Deciding to open my own restaurant saved me from a deep depression’, he says. In...


Gourmet Mushrooms

Story & photo by Kate O’Neill Seven years ago, Gary Miller was commuting three hours a day from Uki to his software programming job in Beenleigh. ‘It was manageable, but when the business moved even further away to the Brisbane CBD,...


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

Entertainment for the Byron Shire for the week beginning July 21, 2020


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Women Who Hate Women

In all my years of writing and receiving negative flack, it is always these women that hurt me the most. Not with what they’ve said, but that my ‘sister’ would seek to kick me with such gusto.


Thus Spake Mungo: another week, another dollar or billion

The consensus is in: the economy rules, okay? Finally, what remains of the national cabinet is essentially united. 


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...