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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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War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

‘Seven and a bit’ stone

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

Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now....

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Power outage in Byron Shire

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

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

July 29, 2020

Issue 35.07

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In this Issue:

Nicole Kidman to shoot TV production in Shire

Byron Bay is set to become the set of a new production when the shooting of the television series, Nine Perfect Strangers, comes to town.



Greg Davies, Byron Bay – A way out of depression Find one thing to be thankful for, a grateful heart has hope. Hope lets the light in, in the light there is truth. Truth brings freedom, freedom releases love. Love, in turn, inspires giving.


Ending the two state solution

John Scrivener, Main Arm Since coming to office, the Trump administration has obliged its Zionist sponsors by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, blessing Israel's annexation of occupied lands in...


‘Smart’ Water Meters

Anton Vanderbyl, Main Arm Given community concern over rising pollution levels from unnatural electro magnetic radiation like the 5G threat, something of which Council is well aware, it is disturbing to find our ‘sustainability' Council itself is to become a...


ABC cuts and comparisons

J Rose, Mullumbimby Lyle Clark (Letters, 22 July) sadly did not apprehend the very simple point of my letter (15 July) re so-called cuts to the ABC. A ‘cut’ means you now receive ‘less’ than you had before. Don Quixote-like, he tilted...


Investing in the future

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale The Echonetdaily Cartoon of the week – 1 July showing a real estate auction, where one couple say ‘Our eighth investment property!’ and a young couple with a baby complain ‘We can’t even buy our first home’. The message...


Salvaging culture through upcycling

A Plastic Free July event, held last Saturday in Mullum, saw a ‘Strong local interest in both learning how to upcycle waste fabric, as well as an appetite to buy locally handmade upcycled products’.


ABC funding and Foxtel handouts

Sue McLeod, Myocum Following comments made by Jim Rose, (Letters, 15 July), re ABC funding, how would he respond to this statement? ‘Coalition gives another $10m to Foxtel to boost women's sport on TV... Handout brings to $40m the amount Murdoch’s...


Conspiracy control

Rossco Phillips, Wanganui Gorge Asren Pugh’s letter of last week, in which he vilifies The Echo and the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) makes me wonder whether his ancestors were involved in the infamous ‘Book Burnings’ of past centuries when those who...


Editorial – Road funding announcement turns into a political dumpster fire

There was a terrific announcement of $2.28 million in road funding for some of Byron’s worst roads by two odd bedfellows last week – the non-elected local Nationals representative and the Greens mayor.


Belongil Creek entrance opened to reduce flooding

Earthmoving equipment was deployed to manually open the Belongil Creek mouth on July 25 after Council say they tried unsuccessfully the previous day to scrape the sandbank back to the water level.


Youth tackle eco-anxiety in new production

The conversation for young people has moved on from ‘Is climate change real?’ or ‘How do we slow or stop the impacts of climate change?’, to ‘How do we adapt?’.


Yet another coalition scandal

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Another coalition government, another pork-barrelling scandal, it shouldn’t surprise anyone. This time Gladys Berejiklian and accomplice, pork-barrelling supremo John (pork) Barilaro, are being accused of allocating the vast majority of $250 million in the ‘Stronger Communities Program’ designed...


What’s in a Word? On the ends and means of socialism

Words are vague entities, having different meanings for different people. Humour utilises this ambiguity, as in the undertaker who had to rehearse her job. This becomes pernicious, however, in political discourse.


Small business loans and mentoring on offer

Micro, or small business loans, and mentoring programs have been highly successful in many third-world countries, and now they are going to be available in the Northern Rivers.


Voice, treaty, truth and The Uluru Statement

It is now over three years since the federal government was presented – and rejected – The Uluru Statement from the Heart.


Drug reform

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry It was encouraging to read in last week’s Echonetdaily that Australians want drug law reform not more drug war. Equally disheartening was the news that the NSW Labor opposition will not deviate from the current law and order...


Battle to save the Pilliga from CSG in its final hour…

The Independent Planning Commission for the NSW government, who will make the final decision on the Narrabri Gas Field development, have heard hundreds of concerns over the last week about the plans to drill 850 coal seam gas wells in and around the Pilliga State Forest in the northwest of NSW.


Bruns homelessness train…

Maggie Borger, Byron Bay I was sad to hear that homeless people have been moved on from Brunswick Heads – where can they go? Bruns at least had toilets and water on tap – very necessary for those sleeping rough. I have...


Time to retreat?

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay So when is enough, enough? I am referring to the efforts and cost of mitigation of coastal erosion. Especially when it impacts on the built environment. A number of houses on the NSW coast over the last week...


CSG in Narrabri – last chance to make a submission

Brigid Beckett, Wyrallah I wish to alert readers to the proposed gas project by Santos at Narrabri. This is possibly going under the radar during this time of COVID-19. However, it is a vitally important issue in determining Australia's response to climate...


Hey – you new lot…

Andrew Hall, Ocean Shores Oi, you new chums, refos from the cities, new residents and local crazies who are filling the Shire; please pay attention. Mullumbimby is special, and is getting crowded. We need to maintain its special ambience and I want...


Here we go again in Ewingsdale

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale There is yet another proposal to establish a retirement village on rural land at Ewingsdale. The previous proposal was sensibly rejected as being an inappropriate use of the land, and to preserve the current R5 zoning for Ewingsdale...


Cartoon of the week – 29 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...


Arts and Entertainment for Byron Shire in the Week Beginning 28...

Arts and Entertainment for Byron Shire in the Week Beginning 28 July, 2020


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...